THE ASHCROFT ENTITY aka UNHOLY (2015) Reviews and overview

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‘Inspired by true events’

Unholy aka The Ashcroft Entity is a 2015 British supernatural horror film about a young married couple terrorised by a paranormal presence.

Written and directed by Anthony M. Winson (The Nursery Man; The Baylock Residence; House of Afflictions; The Witching Hour). The Mr Stitch production stars Kelly Goudie (The Baylock Residence), Simon Crudgington (Cry of the Magpie; House of Afflictions ), Katie Richmond Ward (Dark ValeHouse of Afflictions) and Jenn Day (Cannibals and Carpet Fitters).


In 1975, Peter and Margaret Eastwood believe they’ve purchased their dream home to start their lives together but this house seems to be hiding something dark and terrifying in every corner…

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“Instead of getting bogged down in the history of the house, Unholy keeps the focus on the current owners’ predicament, which makes for compelling viewing.  Also, there are some genuine surprises in the final act, when the film tries to do things that should, by rights, be a step too far for the tiny budget. It carries them off surprisingly well.” 21st Century British Horror

“A very plain semi is turned into a veritable house of horrors with little more than creepy camerawork, a bit of sleight of hand and some subtle CGI shadows. And for those expecting an ending that involves the characters increasing the volume of their screams in place of last act tension, Winson pulls it out of the bag…” Dark Eyes of London

“Even if the micro-budget charm of Unholy fails to be the fire of your loins, there’s a few sequences of practical and miniature FX work in the final reel that’s truly majestic, ensuring that despite some flaws, Winson’s film is certainly one to purchase.” The Schlock Pit


Unholy was released on DVD in the UK by High Fliers Films on 6th November 2017.

In the USA, Wild Eye Releasing will issue the film on DVD as The Ashcroft Entity on July 6, 2021. It is already available via Amazon Prime

Cast and characters:

Kelly Goudie … Margaret Eastwood
Simon Crudgington … Peter Eastwood
Jenn Day … Christine Newstub
Katie Richmond-Ward … Karen
Carn Truscott … Michael
Cora Vanaman … Janet
Michael Muyunda … Travis Berkin
Naomi Long … Abigail Newstub
June Tracy … Norma
Penelope Butler … Josephine
Jas Steven Singh … Police Officer

Filming locations:

Leicestershire, England

Film Facts:

The film’s budget was apparently only £600.

Not to be confused with the 1988 film The Unholy which stars Ben Cross. Or Evan Spiliotopoulos’ The Unholy (2015).

Fun facts:

Ye Olde Salutation Inn in Nottingham receives thanks in the end credits.

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