Movie review : Hunting Souls (2022)

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Hunting Souls (2022) Review

Hunting Souls is a 2022 American supernatural horror film about a couple that discovers a demon is hunting their sick child.

Written, produced, and directed by Diego Silva Acevedo, making his feature film debut. Executive produced by Tatiana Silva.

The Seven Studios Productions movie stars Sunny Mabrey (Snakes on a PlaneSpecies III), Aiden Turner (MindcageTo Have and to Hold), Chloe Garcia-Frizzi, Matt Borlenghi, Adelle Drahos, Charles Green, Liz McGeever, and Alpha Trivette.

Plot:
Mike and Angie Jones are determined to keep their seven-year-old daughter, Sophie, out of a demon’s hands.

They will do everything in their power to make her safe and to bring an end to the turmoil the demon is causing their family…

Cast and characters:
Sunny Mabrey … Angie
Aiden Turner … Mike
Chloe Garcia-Frizzi … Sophie
Matt Borlenghi … Doctor Benneth
Adelle Drahos … Hope
Charles Green … Doctor Thomas
Liz McGeever … Mary
Alpha Trivette … Tim
Brian Krainson … Second Police Officer
Omer Mughal … First Police Officer
David Alexander … Bob
Kevin Wayne Walker … Ron
Sophia Garcia-Frizzi … Sophie
Heather Parady … Karen
Kelly Young Silva … Nurse Samantha
Amber Fulljames … Nurse Amber

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Technical details:
1 hour 38 minutes

Hunting Souls begins fittingly enough as Mike (Aiden Turner, All My Children, Charlie’s Christmas Wish) wakes from a nightmare about being hunted to find the room is freezing. His wife Angie (Sunny Mabrey, Girls Getaway Gone Wrong, Holiday Breakup) tells him he’s imagining it. He gets more distressed when he sees their daughter Sophie (Chloe and Sophia Garcia-Frizzi, The Walking Dead) standing at the foot of the bed staring at them. Angie sees nothing. Seconds later Sophie seems to walk through the wall, then comes a call from her room.

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It seems the poor child has recurring health issues and nobody at the local hospital can figure out just what is causing them. And she has no idea where all the marks on her body came from. Dr. Thomas (Charles Green, Bad Trip, The House with the Clock in its Walls) notes that Sophie has the symptoms of a form of malnutrition despite being well fed. The same thing that killed one of her friends. So he calls CPC, he should have called Ghostbusters instead because I have an insidious feeling I know what’s going on.

Between social services turning up and Mike’s boss warning him about the time he’s missing due to his daughter’s illness, Hunting Souls feels like a Lifetime medical drama rather than a horror film. And the acting is on the same level. Aiden Turner is especially bad, he seems to have forgotten he’s in a movie and not back doing soap operas.

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Writer/director Diego Silva Acevedo lets the melodrama continue into Hunting Souls’ second act as we find out that Mike and Angie already lost one child before remembering that this is supposed to be a horror movie. Then Mike becomes obsessed with his nightmares, doors open and close by themselves, and an unseen presence pounds on their front door as a camera races around madly. You know the stuff demons learn in House Haunting 101.

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