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Brimstone became writer/director Martin Koolhoven’s fifth consecutive hit movie in The Netherlands.

Goofs: When Liz and Matthew are on the frozen lake it is misty to the point that it is hard for Matthew to locate the fallen rifle a couple of steps away, nevertheless the reverend is able to shoot him from across the lake.

Connections: References The Night of the Hunter (1955)

From the moment the new reverend climbs the pulpit, Liz knows she and her family are in great danger.

Director: Martin Koolhoven

Writers: Martin Koolhoven (screenplay), Martin Koolhoven (story)

Stars: Dakota Fanning, Carice van Houten, Guy Pearce

A triumphant epic of survival and a tale of powerful womanhood and resistance against the unforgiving cruelty of a hell on earth. Our heroine is Liz (Dakota Fanning), carved from the beautiful wilderness, full of heart and grit, hunted by a vengeful Preacher (Guy Pearce) – a diabolical zealot and her twisted nemesis. But Liz is a genuine survivor; she’s no victim – a woman of fearsome strength who responds with astonishing bravery to claim the better life she and her daughter deserve. Fear not. Retribution is coming.

Tagline: Retribution is coming

Genres: Mystery | Thriller | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA) Rated R for brutal bloody violence, strong sexual content including disturbing behaviour, graphic nudity, and language

At first I didn’t want to watch this movie because of the name, but I’m glad I did. This story shows a glimpse of how hard it must have been for women back in the day!

Perverts using religion to cover up their messed up heads!! This just shows the tip of the iceberg of all the struggles they were going through!

People want to imagine “little house on the prairie” but this movie actually went there and showed some reality!

“Brimstone” is a western thriller that stars Guy Pearce and Dakota Fanning, directed by Martin Koolhoven. Pearce plays a crafty Dutch-immigrant preacher, simply known as “The Reverend,” who rises to power in a local town. With his new-found platform, Liz (Dakota Fanning) knows that she and her family are no longer safe. Come and join Guy Pearce when he stops by to discuss the movie.

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