July 19, 2024

Saint Maud: Far From Holy

This one gets me excited. I don’t know what it is, but the crazier the movie is, the more I love it. I honestly just love to see how far writers/directors are willing to go. A24 has been putting out a TON of disturbing content recently from Hereditary to Midsommar. I can’t get enough of it! This one definitely has tons of potential to get REALLY weird. However, I can’t lie, this one hits a little too close to home for me..

Story time with K2:

Growing up in Tennessee, I’ve definitely had my fair share of dealing with extreme evangelicals. I grew up going to church with my family and friends, but slowly, as I got older, started to move away from the church environment. Not that I “lost faith” or anything, but more so, I lost faith in the people pretending that the church was a safe space and full of “innocent” people. In my experience, I had never been in an environment that was more judgmental, selfish, and full of fake humans. I was bullied a lot in school, and I definitely saw plenty of adult bullies in church. SIDE NOTE: this is NOT a sad story or cry for help. I’m a tough cookie and I overcame all these battles. I’m good, trust me. I write for Daily Trailer now!! Heheh. This is ALSO not to say that all churches are bad– let’s not generalize and take my words out of context. Church is a cathartic, therapeutic experience for many people and fully respect that. My mother was Episcopalian and I always had to sing with her on Sunday’s– I actually enjoyed doing that. Choral music is moving and I’ve always loved it. However, there was a lot of people in that church that were hateful and rude. These are the same people that you get annoyed with on the bus or in a store that keep staring or whispering and you KNOW they’re talking about you. They just also go to church.

Here’s the trailer for Saint Maud: All the Good Girls Go to Hell

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ANYWAYS, I’ll never forget there was this girl I went to school with named Lydia. We sang together in a trio and we stayed pretty good friends for a few years while we were young. Until our freshman year of high school– Lydia and I were both in the same homeroom together. At this point, we weren’t as close as we used to be, but we were still “friends.”

One day, Lydia had expressed to me that she was worried about some of the people I was hanging out with and how they might affect me. To be clear, there was NO ONE that I surrounded myself with that was cause for her concern. From her perspective, because I wasn’t going to her church anymore, (due to the fact that her church was openly racist and xenophobic MANY times) I was falling from the “right path.” She then proceeded to ask me if I was “saved.” Being the smart-aleke that I am, I replied with, “can we ever really be saved?” My homeroom got very quiet at this point, which gave Lydia the perfect opportunity to say, very plainly, “I’m worried you’re going to hell.”

Now the homeroom was dead silent. My two friends in the closest proximity had eyes bigger than silver dollars. I felt like everyone was waiting for me to either punch her in the face or rip her a new one verbally. Which was very common at my school, you have to understand, we had a BUNCH of fights. All the time. Physical and verbal. I was dumbfounded. I actually sat there and considered if I should hit her or not to build my “street cred,” but alas, I stayed strong. I can’t remember what I said to her exactly, but I do know that I stopped being her friend that day. That’s the end of that story! I’ll keep you posted on my trajectory to hell or not..

Now I can’t stop picturing Lydia floating in her bedroom with that crazy arch in her back. Bless her heart.

Saint Maud is out in theaters on March 27th, 2020!!


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