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HBO’s “PRAY, OBEY, KILL” Is A Real-Life Nordic Murder Mystery

Tuesday, April 6, 2021 | News

Fans of Nordic crime stories à la the works of Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbø will find themselves chilled to the bone by Henrik Georgsson‘s new documentary series, PRAY, OBEY, KILL, premiering this month from HBO. Full details and trailer below!

On a freezing cold night in January 2004, gunshots rang out across the sleepy Swedish village of Knutby. A young woman was murdered, and her neighbour suffered multiple gunshot wounds. After a quick confession, the world’s attention turned towards the tight-knit Pentecostal congregation with twisted beliefs and secrets. The ensuing court case became an international sensation.

In PRAY, OBEY, KILL acclaimed journalists Martin Johnson and Anton Berg, alongside director Henrik Georgsson, seek to shed new light on what really happened in the village of Knutby. They investigate new angles of the case, accessing material that has never been revealed before and conducting exclusive interviews with former congregation members who are telling the truth about the sect for the first time.

 For fans of Wild, Wild Country, Making a Murderer, and The Vow, PRAY, OBEY, KILL shows the devastating consequences that come with the abuse of power by individuals and institutions.

HBO will release the first two episodes of the series on April 12, followed by weekly releases of the remaining three.

Rocco T. Thompson
Rue Morgue's Online Managing Editor, Rocco is a Rondo-nominated writer, critic, film journalist, and avid devotee of all things weird and outrageous. He provided the cover story for Rue Morgue's landmark July/Aug 2019 "Queer Fear" Special Issue, and is a regular contributor to Screen Rant, Slant Magazine, and other cinema-centric publications.