Deep in Appalachia, Pastor Lemuel Childs (The Hateful Eight‘s Walton Goggins) presides over an isolated community of serpent handlers, an obscure sect of Pentecostals who willingly take up venomous snakes to prove themselves before God. As his devoted daughter, Mara (Ginger & Rosa‘s Alice Englert) prepares for her wedding day, under the watchful eye of Hope Slaughter (Academy Award Winner Olivia Colman), a dangerous secret is unearthed and she is forced to confront the deadly tradition of her father’s church. Also starring Kaitlyn Dever (Booksmart), Jim Gaffigan (Experimenter), Thomas Mann (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl), and Lewis Pullman (Bad Times at the El Royale).
“Even in the darkest moments, when the ominous organ music is pounding and the filmmakers have twisted the audience into a quivering ball of nerves, the [filmmaking] duo trusts in the goodness of people, even when they put themselves through insane tests. There’s rattlers in them hills. But there’s love too.” – Variety