Sacrilege – UK, 2020 – reviews

‘Face your fear’

Sacrilege is a 2020 British horror feature film about a weekend away that soon turns into a nightmare for four female friends.

Written and directed by David Creed, making his feature debut, and produced by Mark Kenna, the Bad Blood Films production stars Tamaryn Payne (Stalled), Emily Wyatt (Sensation), Sian Abrahams (Aylesbury Dead) and Naomi Willow.

Plot:

Four lifelong friends head to an idyllic remote lodge for some much-needed fun and respite. However, after drunkenly dabbling in a local Pagan ritual, their bond is tested to its limits when their own personal fears begin to manifest and they discover that their friendship will either cure them or kill them.

A fight for their lives ensues when a local Pagan cult offers them up to their Goddess as a sacrifice for the Solstice…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“The Pagan cult and their dodgy members promised to be threatening but the build-up virtually amounted to nothing with much of the scare coming from an unseen demon. The ending of Sacrilege also felt abrupt and came to a conclusion that almost makes you feel cheated. The CGI is surprisingly good and Creed’s strong direction a great credit.” Metro

“The woods are threatening both at night and by day, looking quite primeval and exuding a sense of threat. But most frightening of all perhaps are the villagers and farmers gathered together wearing animal masks, accompanied by their Wicker Goddess. From the lack of ooo-arrs you know they’re not there to drink cider.” Pairic

“It has a story which doesn’t have much meat to it and an abrupt ending which makes you feel like you just wasted your time. However, there are some aspects to like. The score was great and the directing was surprisingly good. The horror aspect is there but sometimes it barely reaches the quality of amateurish.” I Am Keysersoze

Release:

Sacrilege premiered in Leicester Square, London, on 5th March and was released in selected Cineworld cinemas across the UK on 6th March 2020. Book a ticket here

Cast and characters:

  • Tamaryn Payne … Kayla
  • Emily Wyatt … Trish
  • Sian Abrahams … Blake
  • Naomi Willow … Stacey
  • Ian Champion … Father Saxon
  • Rory Wilton … The Groundsman
  • Emma Spurgin Hussey … Mrs March
  • David English … Tyler
  • Jon Glasgow … Vinnie
  • Conner Mckenzy … Jimmy

Technical details:

  • Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
  • Audio: Dolby Atmos

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Notes:

Not to be confused with the 2017 film of the same name directed by Paul Catalanotto.

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