If you are looking for a horror movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat and make you question your beliefs, then you might want to check out Nefarious, a 2023 horror thriller movie directed by Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon. The movie is based on the novel A Nefarious Plot by Steve Deace, and stars Sean Patrick Flanery as a notorious serial killer who claims to be possessed by a demon, and Jordan Belfi as a psychiatrist who has to evaluate him before his execution.
The movie follows Dr. James Martin (Belfi), who is called in to replace Dr. Stewart (Robert Peters), the original psychiatrist assigned to Edward (Flanery), a convicted murderer who is scheduled to die by electrocution at 11 pm. Edward, who goes by the name Nefarious, reveals himself as a demon who has been manipulating human history for centuries, and tells Martin that he will make him commit three murders before their time is up. Martin initially dismisses Edward’s claims as a delusion, but as the demon’s knowledge becomes increasingly accurate and personal, Martin’s skepticism fades. He also faces a moral dilemma: if he declares Edward sane, he will be executed, but if he diagnoses him with multiple personality disorder, he will be spared.
Nefarious is not your typical horror movie. It does not rely on jump scares or gore to create tension, but rather on the psychological battle between Martin and Edward, and the ethical questions they raise. The movie explores themes such as free will, evil, redemption, and the value of human life, from both a secular and a religious perspective. The movie also challenges the audience to examine their own views on controversial issues such as abortion, euthanasia, and the death penalty.
The movie benefits from the strong performances of Flanery and Belfi, who carry most of the scenes with their dialogue and expressions. Flanery delivers a chilling and charismatic portrayal of Edward/Nefarious, switching between different accents and personalities with ease. Belfi convincingly portrays Martin’s inner conflict and gradual transformation as he faces his own demons. The supporting cast includes Tom Ohmer as Warden Moss, Stelio Savante as Detective Russo, and Glenn Beck as himself.
Nefarious is a movie that will make you think and feel. It is a gripping and provocative horror thriller that will challenge your assumptions and beliefs. It is not for the faint of heart or the easily offended, but for those who enjoy a smart and original horror movie that does not shy away from controversial topics.
I highly recommend Nefarious to anyone who likes horror movies with a twist. It is one of the best horror movies of 2023 so far, and it deserves more attention and recognition. You can watch it in theaters or rent it online from Prime Video.