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Shout! Studios takes supernatural revenge shocker “THE UNHEALER,” with Lance Henriksen

Monday, February 22, 2021 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

An attempt at faith healing backfires into lots of serious injury in the film set for release this year.

Shout! Studios has announced its acquisition of U.S. rights to THE UNHEALER, with a rollout on multiple platforms lster in 2021. Directed by Martin Guigui (who discusses his recently released PARADISE COVE here) from a script by Kevin E. Moore and J. Shawn Harris, it stars Elijah Nelson, Kayla Carlson, Adam Beach, Chris Browning, Branscombe Richmond, Lance Henriksen and SPECIES’ Natasha Henstridge. The synopsis: “Kelly [Nelson] has a compulsive eating disorder called pica which has him bedridden. Doctors can’t help him. When Kelly’s single mom witnesses a faith healer perform a miracle, she hires him to lay hands on Kelly. The healing ritual ends in disaster but works, and even more surprising, Kelly gains supernatural powers; any pain inflicted on him is instead felt by his aggressor. His lifelong tormentors are out cruising one night when they find Kelly riding his bike. They cheer as they tailgate and terrify him until Kelly hits a pothole, and they run him over. As Kelly is crushed and dragged under the car, his powers transfer the injuries to the driver. His bullies blame Kelly for causing their friend’s death and concoct a prank to settle the score, but it goes deadly wrong and kills someone close to Kelly. Kelly’s rage takes him on a murderous revenge spree and the horror escalates. When his powers become uncontrollable, no one around Kelly is safe, not even the girl he loves.”

Check out an early poster and trailer for THE UNHEALER below, and keep your eyes here for updates on its release!

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.