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The Old Ways

By JK Sooja, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Solid exorcism film has blood, demons, drugs, and language.

Movie NR 2021 90 minutes
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This fantastical, bloody, and winsome horror movie thrills from start to finish. Except for a love it or hate it double ending, The Old Ways is a refreshingly simple and taut take on the exorcism horror genre. The film wastes no time jumping right into the drama, as Cristina is immediately imprisoned and told of the demon inside her. Over the course of a cool 90 minutes, Cristina's journey from victim to hero is compelling and fun to watch. She overcomes great hardship and even beats addiction. While there could have been more lore, flavor exposition, and context for the demons that so frequently possess people in this particular area of Veracruz, Mexico, the film still plays with the metaphor of demons and/or evil inside you as symbolic of various modern ills in peoples' lives today and the dangers of losing your culture, family, or heritage.

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