Stigmata is Essential ‘90s Religious Horror [The Rabid Dog’s House]

The Rabid Dog’s House is a recurring feature at Wicked Horror where contributor Justin Steele uncovers hidden gems, lost classics, and overlooked indie offerings with a little bite. Flying solo or with his co-host Zena Dixon, he will discuss an array of topics covering film, literature, and television. Check out the latest installment below. In this episode we’re looking back at 1999’s Stigmata!

Stigmata is a religious horror movie directed by Rupert Wainwright and starring Patricia Arquette, Gabriel Byrne, Nia Long, and Jonathan Pryce. Frankie Page (Arquette) is a carefree hair stylist living in the moment. Unfortunately, after receiving a mysterious rosary from her mother, Frankie becomes afflicted with mysterious visions and terrifyingly real injuries. Her world soon collides with Father Andrew Kiernan (Byrne), a Jesuit priest and scientist that has been assigned to either prove or disprove Frankie’s injuries as evidence of the stigmata: a phenomenon when the deeply devoted are struck with the five wounds of Jesus. Frankie’s visions escalate, and the two must find an answer before Frankie is hit with the final, fatal wound.

This feature is a throwback to religiously themed horror while at the same time Stigmata leans heavily on 1990’s style. Stigmata is also worth a look for solid performances led by the charismatic and incredibly talented horror icon Patricia Arquette. Ultimately, this flick is for the horror fan searching for an alternative selection from the late ‘90s slasher boom, and instead, is looking for a controversial take on religion in a suspenseful modern setting.

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