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It's been a couple of years since we've seen anything new from writer/director Pearry Reginald Teo but Teo is back with a new horror movie that looks particularly promising.

The Assent stars Robert Kazinsky as Joel, a single father whose son is not quite right. As a last-ditch effort, he employs the help of a priest who advises Joel that his son has been marked by the devil and the only way to save him is through an exorcism.

Yes, it's another religious horror film but The Assent seems a bit more interesting than the average possession movie - if only because of the fact that Kazinsky, a solid actor, is in it. The movie also stars Peter Jason, Florence Faivre, and Caden Dragomer.

What's more, Teo chooses to use traditional creature effects which, from the trailer at least, give the movie a feel that's a bit different than the average horror movie and which makes the jump scares more palpable than they usually are.

The Assent played a couple of horror festivals late in 2019 and has been picked up for distribution in a few markets including Canada where VVS will open the film at a date yet-to-be-determined. No US distributor as of yet.

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