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Hostage to the Devil (2016)

A child possessed. An exorcist locked in combat with an ancient evil. In the battle for saving a soul, just who really is the 'Hostage to the Devil'?

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Marty Stalker
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Malachi Martin Malachi Martin ... Self (archive footage)
Eugene O'Neill Eugene O'Neill ... Self - Catholic Priest & Commentator
Robert Blair Kaiser Robert Blair Kaiser ... Self - Former Jesuit Priest & Author
Robert Marro ... Self - Friend of Malachi Martin
Lila Karpf Lila Karpf ... Self - Martin's Literary Agent & Friend
Suzanne Pearson Suzanne Pearson ... Self - Catholic Author & Speaker
Kathy Mylott Kathy Mylott ... Self - Friend of Malachi Martin
Lorraine Warren ... Self - Paranormal Investigator (archive footage)
Jimmy Petonito Jimmy Petonito ... Self - Paranormal Investigator
Ralph Sarchie Ralph Sarchie ... Self - Religious Demonologist
Laurene Gomez Laurene Gomez ... Self - Psychotherapist & Forensic Counsellor
Matt Baglio Matt Baglio ... Self - Author
Cesar Ignacio Truqui Cesar Ignacio Truqui ... Self - Exorcist
Edward McNamara Edward McNamara ... Self - Professor of Liturgy, Regina Apostolorum University
John Zaffis John Zaffis ... Self - Demonologist
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A child possessed. An exorcist locked in combat with an ancient evil. In the battle for saving a soul, just who really is the 'Hostage to the Devil'?

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You can't look at the Devil and not expect him to look back.


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The controversial figure of (former?) priest Malachi Martin would had been, and still would be an easy topic for a good documentary. This is not.
26 May 2017 | by weller79See all my reviews

To be clear, 99% of the doc consists in interviews to disciples, demonologists, "religious demonologists", occult investigators, reality TV pseudo-stars. Except for a dying Robert Kaiser, there is no contradictory in it. With such ingredients, you can hardly have a decent result.

The criticism Martin faced during his life is barely mentioned, but never explained nor contextualized. His most bizarre theories and revelations are not mentioned, let alone discussed or rebutted. His contradictions are left out. Disputed events of his religious and private life are either completely left out or (more rarely) vaguely hinted, but never deepened.

Ultimately, Malachi is a fascinating and ambiguous figure who would deserve an in-depth, more neutral, less sensationalist movie. This one, is just a missed opportunity.


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