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The Golem

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Israel · 2018
Rated R · 1h 35m
Director Yoav Paz, Doron Paz
Starring Hani Furstenberg, Ishai Golan, Alex Tritenko, Lenny Ravich
Genre Drama, Horror

During an outbreak of a deadly plague, a young woman, Hanna, must save her tight-knit Jewish community from invaders. Turning to Jewish mysticism, she conjures a dangerous entity to protect her and her people. However, the powerful creature she summons may be far eviler than anything she could have ever imagined.

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Film Threat by Bobby LePire

The Golem is creepy, as the cinematography is awash with atmosphere and the use of such a creature is interesting. The dramatic side of things mostly holds up as well, and when combined with the excellent acting, the movie turns out to be very effective and memorable.


The Hollywood Reporter by John DeFore

Its approach to the source material (a close cousin to the Frankenstein tale) is emotionally and intellectually sincere, enacted seriously, if not always engrossingly, by cast and crew.


Los Angeles Times by Noel Murray

A well-crafted and idiosyncratic supernatural thriller, the film plays like a mix of “Frankenstein,” “The Witch,” and some of the Coen brothers’ more explicitly Jewish movies.


Movie Nation by Roger Moore

It’s a far-from-awful folk tale with a horrific edge. But it’s not suspenseful, and the generally unaffecting performances by the Israeli cast fail to draw us in and create empathy for the endangered.

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