Sony Entertainment has announced that its religious horror film The Unholy will hit theaters just in time for Easter. The film is based on the novel, Shrine, by author James Herbert, and is, in fact, still listed under that title on IMDb.
The Unholy, focuses on a young hearing-impaired girl named Alice who has a vision of the Virgin Mary after which she is able to speak, hear, and allegedly heal the sick. Naturally word spreads about the miraculous young woman, and a disgraced reporter (Jeffrey Dean Morgan, The Walking Dead) pays a visit to Alice in hopes of finding out the truth. He soon finds himself wondering if the events are divine or something far more sinister.
Morgan is joined in the film by Cary Elwes (Saw), William Sadler (Bill & Ted Face the Music), Christine Adams (Tron: Legacy), Katie Aselton (The Gift), and more in a truly talent-packed cast. Evan Spiliotopoulos directs in his feature debut. He also serves a producer on the film with Sam Raimi.
The film will hit theaters just two days after Godzilla vs. Kong, and is only the second film announced for the holiday weekend at this time. There was a time before the pandemic when Easter weekend releases were considered hot ticket titles. Both Furious7 and Batman vs. Superman opened during this particular window and took home amazing opening-weekend box office numbers.
It will be interesting to see just how this year plays out. While some theaters are slowly opening, there are still caps on audience numbers and some people are simply still not ready to take that chance.
iHorror will keep you posted on details for The Unholy as they become available.