After returning to her family’s native Latvia to mourn her father’s death, American single mother Madaline begins suffering from inexplicable visions and physical scars, all of which point to the gift—or curse, rather—the Holy Stigmata. To seek help, Madaline travels to an island convent and ingratiates herself within the sisterhood of nuns. But much to her detriment, Madaline’s new acquaintances pray to something far more sinister than the Holy Spirit, leading her to realize that those newfound afflictions come from anywhere but Heaven.
Providing an effectively retro spin on modern religious horror, WELCOME TO MERCY utilizes the best sacrilegious genre tropes, everything from evil nuns to weaponized crosses, to weave a powerful story of tested faith and hard-earned redemption. Anchored by a fierce performance from lead actress Kristen Ruhlin, who also wrote the screenplay, WELCOME TO MERCY packs a serious punch. —Matt Barone
Tommy Bertelsen is an American stage and screen actor and director. He’s a graduate of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA.
Director: Tommy Bertelsen Cast: Kristen Ruhlin, Lily Newmark, Eileen Davies Producer: Darren Goldberg, Cary Granat, Ed Jones, Joel Michaely, Igor Pronin, Yulia Zayceva Screenwriter: Kristen Ruhlin Year: 2018 Runtime: 104 Min Country: USA Language: English Section: General