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Film / Keeper of Souls

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Keeper of Souls is a 2001 American horror film. It concerns a couple being tormented by the worshippers of a demonic force from centuries past.

This film contains examples of:

  • Antagonist Title
  • Big Bad: Elaine Sloane, a cult leader making sacrifices to a demon.
  • Cult: The main antagonists are a backwoods cult making sacrifices to a demon.
  • Da Chief: Sheriff Fuller, who spends most of the movie in a state of frustration over his deputy's inability to find girl who disappeared shortly before the start of the film. Unlike most examples, Fuller is actually the most prominent cop character seen. As it turns out, said deputy is part of the cult that murdered the girl, and ends up leading Fuller to his death.
  • Dirty Cop: Deputy Wilkes turns out to be a member of the cult, and kills Sheriff Fuller to cover it up.
  • Downer Ending: The protagonist is brainwashed into joining the demon cult and stabs her husband to death. The cult leader is then revealed to be her apparently deceased grandmother.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: There is no explanation for why the cult are making sacrifices to the Keeper of Souls, nor why the Keeper wants them to.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: The cult worships the Keeper of Souls, a demon from the time of the Salem Witch Trials who demands sacrifice, but he never appears in-person.
  • Nightmare Sequence: A significant chunk of the film is made of nightmare scenes, as that's the Keeper's favoured way of tormenting people.
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