On the streaming charts, a dark and dingy supernatural horror faces its demons

On the streaming charts, a dark and dingy supernatural horror faces its demons ...

These days, you may not have to be too far to see a very straightforward supernatural horror film about demonic possession, but The Exorcism of God does at least attempt to reimagine the formula by positioning a man of the cloth who successfully failed in his field of expertise at the heart of the story.

Father Peter Williams, an American, was humiliated by an exorcism gone wrong that saw him possessed by the entity he was attempting to expulse, forcing him to commit an unforgivable sin, was released to little fanfare earlier this year.

Fast forward 18 years ago, and the priest is now living in a small Mexican village to relieve suffering by assisting the needy. Naturally, his old spiritual foe returns to inhabit one of the locals, doubling down on its tendency by unleashing a plague-like illness on the children.

It''s a game, though, with the naughty demon attempting to persuade Father Williams to confess his darkest secret, which would save the girls'' lives, but would also force him to flee the church, ruin his life, dismiss his soul, and see him lose his faith once and for all.

Although The Exorcism of God drew good reviews from critics, it should be commended for how the story portrayed its protagonist (who is apparently a terrible person) but it struggles to evolve beyond the formula. Not that Google Play Movies customers have shown that the ambitious-if-misjudged chiller can be found sitting pretty on the platforms global chart, as per FlixPatrol.