The Harbinger (2022)
September 2, 2022 6:58 AM - Subscribe

A family moves their troubled daughter to a small town, where people suspect she is responsible for a series of mysterious deaths. Fearing something evil followed them, the tormented parents must do whatever it takes to save their daughter. Not to be confused with the other 2022 horror film with this title.

Starring Madeleine McGraw, Teal Redmann, Irene Bedard, Steve Monroe, and Will Klipstine.

Directed by Will Klipstine from a screenplay by Amy Mills (who also produced) and Will Klipstine.

Too early for a verdict yet on Rotten Tomatoes.

Just now popped up for digital rental in the US. JustWatch listing.
posted by DirtyOldTown (18 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
This movie was available at midday and now... it's not?
posted by DirtyOldTown at 4:54 PM on September 2, 2022

Ok weird. Amazon's new app updates trashed the ability to tent movies for the moment. You can still rent on the website though and view on the app.

What a fuckup, though.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 5:18 PM on September 2, 2022

This is much campier than I had expected. Everyone in the film seems to be winking at you. It's not forthright camp, though. More like it's perched right on the line between fucking with you and giving the pukes what they want.

It's like a Conjuring movie if they weren't so po-faced serious about it.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 11:58 AM on September 7, 2022

I mean, this isn't arch camp. It's more like the level of camp of erotic thrillers circa 1985-2002: we gave you everything this genre asks for in spades, but you understand it's ridiculous, right?
posted by DirtyOldTown at 12:17 PM on September 7, 2022

I'm stuck on this one because one guy wrote, produced, and starred in this and I feel like he has to be fucking with us. But if he's not kidding, this is terribad.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 4:07 PM on September 7, 2022

For real: I need a second opinion on this.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 4:17 PM on September 7, 2022

I'm watching it right now.

It's terribad.
posted by flabdablet at 1:16 PM on September 19, 2022

Not quite The Room terribad.

Not quite.
posted by flabdablet at 1:17 PM on September 19, 2022

"But Luke, or Lucifer as he was called then..."

posted by flabdablet at 1:19 PM on September 19, 2022 [1 favorite]

"This is the dagger made by your God. To resurrect her, you must plunge the dagger deep into her chest. The evil will pour from her..."

And so on, and so forth.

I am going to watch it to the end because suffering builds character.
posted by flabdablet at 1:20 PM on September 19, 2022

Yeah, you know what? This thing has half an hour to run and I have enough character now.
posted by flabdablet at 1:31 PM on September 19, 2022 [1 favorite]

Yeah, I think if he was kidding this would be really funny. But since he's apparently serious... Oof.

I would compare this filmmaker's relationship to horror to a lifelong vegan chef's relationship to making osso bucco. He clearly does not like it or understand it, has not consumed much of it, and figures it can't be all that hard, so here it is, you miserable pukes.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:18 AM on September 20, 2022 [1 favorite]

God's dagger is under a mid-sized rock in Iowa.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:19 AM on September 20, 2022

Okay. Got my coffee, got my nose pegs, and in I go for that last half hour.

...aaaand I was not expecting it to go even further downhill quite that quickly. More coffee is required.
posted by flabdablet at 8:10 AM on September 20, 2022 [1 favorite]


That was awful.
posted by flabdablet at 8:39 AM on September 20, 2022 [1 favorite]

Thank you for going into this terrible pit with me, flabdablet.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 2:20 PM on September 21, 2022

Care for a snake dildo? I have spares.
posted by flabdablet at 11:48 PM on September 21, 2022

Going back to look at my comments here really recalls a journey...

Haha, this is some intentionally campy fun stuff!

Wait, shit... is this guy not kidding?

Oh gawd, this is awful.

posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:23 AM on December 1, 2022

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