The Calling is a 2014 Canadian supernatural horror film.
8 out of 10 stars. This is an unusual serial killer film. There’s a method to his madness. He’s redeeming some so they can return to God and he’s saving others, including a little girl with a brain tumor and his brother who committed suicide.
First, a short history of the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church was founded about a hundred years after the death of Christ by several enterprising Romans who foresaw the decline of the Roman Empire. At the time, more than 90% of Europe was pagan. Their leaders were pagan and all the power rested in those communities which were matriarchal (led by mothers in familial groups). So the Vatican started calling pagans witches and burning them at the stake. But the rituals that the people would not stop performing were translated into Latin by Catholic priests and adopted into the faith so the church could “convert” all of Europe. These rituals were recorded in various texts. You can find some of them in the apocrypha, some in Sir Henry Cornelius Agrippa’s 14th century book “Three Books on Occult Philosophy”, and some in the vaults at the Vatican. Among them is the rite of exorcism and the prayer of resurrection. This film concerns the prayer for resurrection. It might also interest you to learn that everyone’s mitochondrial dna, the dna that never changes, comes directly from your mother and is exactly the same as hers, a way for people to identify their matriarchal relationships. But back then no one knew this. They just naturally grouped together by matriarchal groups.
Second, over the centuries, scientists, shaman, and religious leaders have proven (with actual scientific data that is measurable) that prayer has the power to physically heal and physically harm, something most of us already instinctively knew. I’m particularly fond of the work of Masaru Emoto. But Sun Tzu wrote quite a bit about the subject too. When he wrote The Art of War it was meant to be used to minimize casualties and avoid heartache and loss, NOT to kill people.
The film begins with a Canadian cop, Hazel, finding her friend Delia dead in her home with her head almost chopped off. Delia’s mouth is open and her tongue in a weird position like it was posed.
Less than a week later, the cops are called on a second murder, a man who is almost cut in half and his insides fed to his dogs. His mouth is also open and his tongue posed in a weird position.
Hazel deduces that the killer is murdering in different jurisdictions to prevent being caught and they discover several other murders across Canada where the victims mouths were posed. When the team looks at photos of the victims’ mouths, it’s clear the killer is saying something: “Liberare eos,” which is Latin for “free them”. Liberare eos is part of the Resurrection Prayer that raised Jesus from the dead. It takes 12 victims to complete the ritual, one for each letter and the final sacrifice. All must be willing. This is what Hazel learns when she goes to see a Catholic priest, Father Price. And if the ritual works, a person is brought back to life.
As the film progresses, we learn that Hazel is an alcoholic who became addicted to pills after a serious fall which caused her to miscarry and break her back. Her husband left her and remarried, so Hazel is drunk most of the time. We also see the killer, Simon, save the life of a little girl with a brain tumor, but act cruelly in removing the tattoo of an old woman who has chosen to be his victim/sacrifice. If you’ve broken one of God’s covenants, he is merciless.
Hazel eventually figures out Simon is finding victims on a religious chat room site for people with terminal illnesses. Father Price knows him and he volunteers to be sacrificed because he’s the reason that Simon’s brother Gabriel was molested and beaten by his adoptive parents, an adoption that Father Price arranged. And Father Price is dying.
I won’t ruin the ending, but it fit the story. And the ritual works.
8 out of 10 stars. Perfectly cast. Haunting music. You might not want to watch this alone. Parts are pretty scary. It helps to know the victims were painlessly poisoned. The gruesome displays were to throw the cops off the trail.