Them That Follow ★½

Snakes have long been fodder for cinematic nightmares, but combine them with oppressive Christian conservatism and you have an even more harrowing scenario. This sets the stakes for Them That Follow, which tells the tale of Pentecostal snake handlers in the outskirts of the Appalachian mountains and the faith-testing consequences they are faced with when one in their isolated circle commits a “sin.” Intended to be a character-focused, grounded look at this way of life, the drama can’t help but feel like it’s stuck in first gear until an over-the-top finale, when it’s far too little, too late.

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