The Cleansing Hour (2019)

Directed by Damien LeVeck. Written by LeVeck and Aaron Horwitz. Starring Ryan Guzman, Kyle Gallner, Alix Angelis, Chris Lew Kum Hoi, Daniel Hoffman-Gill, Emma Holzer and Joanna David.

Plot: two young men run a popular webcast streaming “live exorcisms” that are actually fake, until one of their girlfriend’s actually becomes possessed.

Max (Guzman) and Drew (Gallner) host a popular podcast where “Father Max” exorcises possessed people. He even sells “Vatican Approved” merchandise through the website. Although, the merchandise isn’t actually approved by anyone and the exorcisms are all fake. Still, Max is uber famous because of this and Drew’s fiancee, Lane (Angelis), doesn’t like him at all. As a matter of fact, she wants Drew to quit the show altogether. But then one night, the “possessed” actor doesn’t show up so Drew gets Lane, an aspiring actress, to sub in for him. Then, Chris (Hoi) a member of the crew, throws up and things start to get weird.

Lane becomes truly possessed, people start to die and whatever’s possessing Lane just wants the crew to “tell the truth” about the secrets they’ve been keeping from each other. It goes on to tease them for quite a while before revealing it’s endgame. Me and DJ think they all kind of deserve it though. We’re not religious, but we know not to mess with things we don’t understand. You especially shouldn’t mock things you don’t understand. And they do a whole lot of mocking.

DJ didn’t like anyone, especially after the ending bit, but I think I have more hope for humanity. The specials were good. The end was very terrifying. The innovation was good. The motive was definitely reasonable. It was realistic, followed the rules it made, was funny in parts and had an enjoyable cast and a creative script. There were no boob shots and no real jump scares, but we really enjoyed ourselves watching this movie. It was violent, entertaining and fun. We loved it and hope you will, too.

Our score: 81.

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