Is the preacher spiritually bankrupt or ideologically correct when the damns the 3 children as omens of the End Times? This is a suitably creepy and atmospheric tale told in fragmentary sections from various insecure bourgeois. It’s all on display here: a self pitying pig cracks, religious pastoralists sense something rotten in their midst, morally murky, rancid and bestial politicians use animus for their own ends and various arrogant, thick, incompetents are manipulated. It all comes to a suitably overwhelming ending.
“One of those botoxed American horrors with Tom Cruise teeth and too much make-up.”
“He’s caught them in all their thuggish glory, Ma Addams glaring into shot, the brothers and various offspring standing around her like an advert promoting the benefits of birth control.”
“Saying those children were murderers. How they’d killed all those people on the planes, and he couldn’t understand why no one could see that.”
“You could see it was going to go bad, you could smell it.”
“Guess they didn’t reckon on a backwater preacher being able to reach out into the wider world and cause the trouble that he did.”