‘Only death can save her’
The Harbinger is a 2022 American horror film about a troubled young girl and a spate of mysterious deaths. Also known as The Curse of Rosalie
Directed by and co-starring Will Klipstine (The Evolution of Andrew Andrews) from a screenplay co-written with Amy Mills.
The Singing River Productions-Veteran Films co-production stars Madeleine McGraw, Irene Bedard, Teal Redmann, Kate Luyben, Steve Monroe, Jeremy Gauna, Amanda MacDonald, Rick Mora, Bruce Bohne, Vince Duvall, Jamie Bozian, Emily Fradenburgh.
Daniel and Theresa Snyder move their troubled young daughter Rosalie to a quaint Midwestern town. Unfortunately, soon after they arrive, neighbours begin to die. The townspeople suspect Rosalie and shun the Snyder family.
Fearing something evil followed them, the tormented parents seek the advice of a Native American seer who tells them that only death can save Rosalie. When more people die and a detective starts looking into the mysterious deaths, the Snyders must do whatever it takes to protect their family…
“Ultimately, the film tries to deliver too much. This is seen most in the ending. The final act speeds through its plot, dumping information and providing convenient answers. There are number of wacky twists with a final line that will have audiences groaning and laughing.” AIPT
“To be fair, I’ll start by saying that I much preferred the other The Harbinger which had a pandemic storyline. This new one has more of a “creepy demonic child” based on a strange “folklore paired with Christianity”-plot. Yeah, I wanted to like it, but ultimately found it too messy.” Heaven of Horror
” …The Harbinger has some great ideas but rushes excitedly to show them off instead of nurturing them with foreboding doom. Some of the feature is incredibly fun, while some of it is head-scratchingly strange, especially as it melds elements of Christianity with mystical Native weaponry. I would still contend to give this indie a chance…” Horror Obsessive
“There is a whole lot of crazy stuff in Harbinger, including Faustian bargains, Native American spiritualism, and honest-to-gosh, the ghosts of 1920s gangsters. Believe it or not, the ways they all relate is kind of clever. There are many surprises in the film that are tricky to write around, in order to avoid spoilers.” J.B. Spins
” …a couple of subplots continue to be teased out even after it’s obvious what’s going on. Thankfully it’s not bad enough to do a lot of damage as the film has enough going on, and going right, to still hold the viewer’s attention. The Harbinger ends up being an amusing, if somewhat overlong and occasionally overly familiar, film…” 3 out of 5, Voices from the Balcony
“From creating lore, a history of the town, and Luc’s deals with the local indigenous population and more, this isn’t another horror movie where it seems the only thing invested in was how much blood and grotesque scenes could be made. It wanted to give us characters we could remember, like, hate, and a world that doesn’t seem built in a snap.” 76%, Wherever I Look
“It had some good jump scares in my opinion but again they could well have been because of the hour I was watching it. The story will be familiar to many though having the ghost following you to another town is a new one on me. A ghost that stalks people may just have legs.” 3 out of 5, Whichfilm
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