Puritan

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We first heard about the new movie Puritan on this site some time ago and it now appears that it has at last been released.

Derek Malcolm gives “this weird and sometimes rather wonderful film” a positive review in the Evening Standard newspaper:

The killing comes as no real surprise, since it transpires that Aleister (The Beast) Crowley once lived in Puritan’s house and was said to have summoned up the Devil there.

Here’s hoping that the producer/director/writer/editor Hadi Hajaig is able to distribute it effectively…
The full review is available online: http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/film/film-23333083-details/Puritan/filmReview.do?reviewId=23373787

A devil of a good idea
By Derek Malcolm, Evening Standard 09.11.06

Here’s a strange horror thriller. Swathed in a kind of luminous darkness throughout, it has Nick Moran as Puritan, an alcoholic writer on the paranormal researching the links between ghostly goings-on in Whitechapel and the several churches built by Hawksmoor.

He lives in a house designed by that eccentric and possibly wicked architect, and works on the side as a medium for the bereaved.

He is visited by a disfigured man called Grey (Pete Hodge), whose wife (Georgina Rylance) has left him for the pseudo-fascist head of a doubtful think-tank (David Soul); Puritan then meets Grey’s ex-wife and he too falls for her. Grey tries to warn him off but murder most foul is the result.

The killing comes as no real surprise, since it transpires that Aleister (The Beast) Crowley once lived in Puritan’s house and was said to have summoned up the Devil there.

Hadi Hajaig produced, directed, wrote and helped to edit this weird and sometimes rather wonderful film which is original, if pretty uneven. He’s distributing it himself, and you have to wish him luck.

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