THE ATONING (2017) Reviews and overview

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The Atoning is a 2017 American supernatural horror film written, co-produced and directed by Michael Williams. The movie stars Virginia Newcomb, Cannon Bosarge and Michael LaCour.


Vera (Newcomb), Ray (LaCour), and Sam (Bosarge), a seemingly normal family, are haunted by more than mere ghosts. The lingering horror of their past threatens their ability to function as a loving family until they become enlightened by a mystical encounter.

From that moment on, they’re thrust into a horror worse than anything they’ve ever experienced. Personal demons manifest and tear the family apart from the inside out as they come to terms with their past…

Gravitas Ventures is distributing The Atoning worldwide.


“The demon in The Atoning is for the most part a hand here and there, you feel it’s presence, and when you do see the figure it’s scary and quick. It doesn’t linger. A lot can be said for leaving something to the imagination when it comes to monsters and ghouls. In the end, The Atoning is worth the watch if you like a nice slow release horror film.” Horror Talk

” …Bosarge does a lot with the role and his naturalness helps to give the film an edge that no amount of over-familiar moody lighting can achieve. When his ghostly visions reveal something sinister, it’s much easier to feel fear and concern than it is to connect with the consciously remote adults. Less sophisticated than it seems to think, The Atoning is nevertheless an effective little fable whose underlying horrors are very much a part of the real world.” Eye for Film

” …lethargic amateur acting, a belabored premise that spins its wheels getting going, and a demonic villain that is just a pantomiming performer in black greasepaint can’t come close to getting a rise out of anyone, particularly after they’ve been put to sleep by everything else in the film.” Culture Crypt

“The Atoning almost becomes arthouse horror, but there’s enough B-movie sensibilities about the piece for it to appeal to horror fans of all sorts. The movie is ultimately about the secrets we keep buried, those things we don’t want to face, but we must face, if we want to make spiritual progress. Clearly a passion project, The Atoning is a very good indie horror flick that’s definitely worth checking out.” Cultured Vultures

Cast and characters:

  • Virginia Newcomb as Vera – The Boogeyman, 2013 short; The Theatre Bizarre; Premonitions
  • Cannon Bosarge as Sam
  • Michael LaCour as Ray – Kudzu ZombiesDemons vs. Zombies: The Rise of Azazel
  • Alex Zuko as John
  • Sherri Eakin as Sara
  • Ashlyn Lopez as Julie
  • Jessy Hughes as Vanessa
  • Bryan Benfield as Momus
  • Kyle Wigginton as Zepar
  • Nikki Caruso as Asmodeus
  • Dorothy Weems as Charon
  • Stella Allen as Abby
  • Caroline Delatte as Joni
  • Chris Bosarge as Uncle Danny
  • Todd Barnett as Cody
  • Christi Dubois as Mel
  • Joni Seitz as Real Estate Agent

Filming locations:

The film was shot entirely on location in West Point, Mississippi at the home of co-producer Joni Seitz.

Running time and aspect ratio:

89 minutes
Aspect ratio: 1.78: 1

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