Serial killers and demon possession isn’t necessarily an original concept in horror media. But a recently released film on VOD after its initial run at theaters in April 2023 gives an interesting twist to the subgenre. The movie is called NEFARIOUS (2023) and gained a lot of traction early with a large push from social media as well as fans of horror films in general.
Dr. James Martin (Jordan Belfi) is quickly put on the case of serial killer Edward Wayne Brady (Sean Patrick Flanery). It is execution day, and Dr. Martin has studied the case because he has been designated as the psychiatrist to determine whether Brady is mentally cognizant to face execution on death row. Arriving at the prison, he finds a very meek man that has bursts of energy and ire. But Brady claims he is possessed by a demon, and Dr. Martin begins to believe his split personality may be something more.
The movie was co-written/co-directed by Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon. The story is based off a manifesto novel A NEFARIOUS PLOT by Steve Deace. The film received mediocre reviews from critics but gained rave reviews from audiences. Your co-hosts take a look at this interesting film and give their thoughts.