Them That Follow is a slow-burning blend of religious mania and body horror, featuring a phenomenal cast. Set in Appalachia, the story concerns a community of snake handlers that finds itself being torn apart due to unexpected circumstances, secrets and lies. Unbearable tension, shocking gore, and lots of scenes of snakes hissing, follow. Watch the Them That Follow trailer below.
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“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” This line from the book of Luke helped give birth to the religious rite of snake handling in Appalachia. As is the case with often questionable religious practices, the worshippers following this tradition have taken things literally, pulling hissing, venomous snakes from crates and practically daring the creatures to bite them. If they are truly one with the Holy Spirit, they will remain unharmed. If they’ve sinned? Well, that’s another matter.
An Appalachian snake handling community is at the center of Them That Follow, an almost unbearably tense drama from directors Britt Poulton and Dan Madison Savage. In this closed-knit community of worshippers, there’s nothing to fear from serpents…as long as you haven’t transgressed.
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