'Dedication': Release date, trailer, cast and everything you need to know

Here are all the details you need about religious horror movies.

Nuns have long been a source of mystery and trauma in religious horror movies. They were the driving force behind films like Veronica (2017) and The Crucifixion (2017). In last year's "Devil's Prey," protagonist Ann, the nun, played the story's hero and final girl, but films like "The Nun" cast these hooded women in a more menacing light. The Nun 2 is slated for release later this year, but fans will get an early taste of the chaos of the monastery as IFC Midnight's latest film, Devotion, hits theaters in February. Devotion isn't just centered on religious horror. It reminds us of films like Shutter Island (2010) and The Cure (2016), in which the main character visits a remote community in search of answers, only to be trapped, terrorized and driven mad. Deep-seated secrets are revealed and the psyches of POV characters crumble under the question of what is real and what isn't. The film portrays a cult-like institution for women, in this case, a monastery, whose insidiously hidden occult practices are revealed by the main character. The film is shadowy, eerie and ritualistic. It seems to balance the premonition of fear and Jump scares in a seamless fashion.

While most religious horror films focus on demonic entities, Consecration seems to lean more towards pagan practices and ferocious female entities. Beneath the veneer of profanity and profanity, the film seems to lurk a reverence for femininity. Devotion might just be a terrifying portrayal of divine femininity, perfect for a Valentine's Day trip to the cinema, and here's everything you need to know about the film.

Watch the Consecration Trailer

Trailer depicts a truly claustrophobic and anxiety-ridden film. We can guess who's allied with whom, as the trailer begins with Grace crying alone in the dark over her brother's dead body, while Father Romero leads a team of nuns. The entire film appears to be black and white, reflecting theme of spiritual warfare, with an overall gray filter. While discussing the death of Grace's brother Michael, Father Romero spoke about how the nuns at the convent used to confess their crimes as they retreated from the cliff. If (when) they fall, it is God's punitive decision. There are interludes of nuns, all dressed in white, performing unusual rituals, with dark figures lurking Whenever she was alone, she was right behind Grace. It paints a picture of a film rife with force-feeding delusions, profanity, and religious trauma.

When Will Consecration be Released?

Consecration opens in theaters on February 10, 2023. After its initial theatrical release, it will stream exclusively on Shudder next month on March 3. IFC Midnight last year with See for Me, A Banquet and Funeral. Skinamarink, which opens in theaters on January 13, 2023, was also a box office success. Tickets for the dedication are on sale now.

What Is the Plot of Consecration?

Upon learning of her brother's suicide, Grace (played by Jena Malone) travels to the secluded Mount Savior Abbey in Scotland, where her brother was a pastor. In identifying her brother's body, Grace discovers that not all of his wounds were the result of his fatal fall, and upon further investigation it becomes clear that there is more to this alleged suicide than it appears. The nuns at the convent hold sinister secrets, some of which relate to Grace's own past. She enlists the help of Vatican priest Father Romero (Danny Huston), but even he seems to be hiding something. Next comes the discovery of malicious impiety and Anti-religious reveries trap Grace in a dark and mysterious nightmare.

Who's In the Cast of Consecration?

Jena Malone, known for The Neon Demon, The Hunger Games films and Antebellum films, as Grace. Danny Huston played Axeman in American Horror Story: Coven and Dan Jenkins in Yellowstone as Father Romero. The Feast's Steffan Cennydd plays Grace's younger brother Michael. In flashbacks to his backstory, viewers will see that he's more than just a corpse. Janet Suzman is Priest Sister, Abbot of the Priory. Her acting career included the role of Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra (1974), and it wasn't her first time playing a nun in charge, as she played a nun in the 1990 film The Runaway Nun. Eilidh Fisher (Call the Midwife, The English Game) is the creepy nun Meg, and Alexandra Lewis (Miss Marx) and Jolade Obasala (Top Boy) also play the nun. The rest of the Abbey cast includes Angela White, Emma Hickson and Rachael Joanne Brown. Ian Pirie (The Last Duel, Halo) is a character named Vincent, while Thoren Ferguson (The Matriarch) plays DCI officer Harris. Victoria Donovan plays the mother, possibly a dark deity or possibly related to Grace's past.

Who Made Consecration?

The film was written and directed by Christopher Smith, director of Creep, Exile, and Severance Pay, in collaboration with writer-producer Laurie Cook, who produced Movies "Hang Up" and "Alien Outpost". Laurie Cook also produced many of Smith's other films, including Triangle and The Banishing. Executive producers include Alastair Burlingham (Moonfall), Stuart Ford (Vampire Academy), Ed Fraiman (The 100), Linda McDonough (Donnie Darko), Adam Nagel (Exile) and Miguel Palos (Voyager). Other credited producers include Casey Herbert ("Curb"), Xavier Marchand ("Eye in the Sky") and Jason Newmark ("Detour"). Composer Nathan Halpern (Emily, Watchmen) wrote the film's ominous score, while Rob Hart and Shaun Mone directed the film's hauntingly beautiful cinematography. The film is produced by AGC Studios, Moonriver Content, Newscope Films and Bigscope Films. Devotion is being distributed to theaters via IFC Midnight and streaming via Shudder.

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