Wise Blood

three and a half stars out of five This very dark tale amply illustrates the meaning of the Jesuits’ tenet of ‘give us the child & we’ll show you the man’, as the adult Hazel Motes continually flashes back to his fire & brimstone preacher grandfather’s teachings of hellfire & damnation. The extent to which Motes (Dourif is gut-wrenchingly excellent in his torment) initially tries to fight against his upbringing only makes his final return to evangelism and monastic self-flagellation all the more disturbing. Continue reading