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Jackie Prucha has been around for
a while as an actress, but just recently came into light with what
some may consider the role of a lifetime as Miss Pat in Dangerous
Calling (2008, Josh Daws, Jeremiah Daws).
Unfortunately every church has one
of these in one form or another, which is why I am personally not a
Christian. You know the kind of old woman I mean. The busybody like Church
Lady on Saturday Night Live,
with or without the humor.
In Dangerous Calling, Miss Pat goes beyond the normal church bitty.
She doesn’t like the pastor, so we later find out, she sets his
parsonage on fire and fries him. Then as the movie gets going, she
finds she dislikes the new pastor and his wife even less, so you can
figure what happens next.
Miss Pat is the most screwed up Christian fanatic and mother this
side of the insane Margaret
White as played by Piper
Laurie decades ago in Carrie (1976, Brian De Palma).
Calling didn’t get the distribution it deserved,
at least for now, but those
who have caught her performance are sold on her. It says a lot when I find
myself forgetting I am watching a movie and yell at the screen “Kill
that bitch!” What greater compliment might an actor or actress have than
to be told someone can forget what is being viewed is a performance and
become so molded with the film, it becomes a momentary reality!
With me this has only happened twice before. Once was when Michael Madsen’s evil Mr. Blond gets offed in
Reservoir Dogs (1992, Quentin Tarantino) and when Lee Van
Cleef outguns Indio in Per Qualche Dollaro in Piu/For A Few Dollars
More (1965, Sergio Leone).
While Miss Pat remains totally psychotic and totally repulsive,
with no refined features whatsoever, the actress bringing this role
to life remains a friendly and easy-going person, totally unlike the role.
The truly scary part is how believable her part is, for history has
seen many such church women psychos in real life, just a bizarre and as
extreme as her character, only playing for keeps. Case in point is how
every few years it makes the news where some whacked up and out woman
kills her kids on orders from “God” and makes no bones about it.
Other roles this actress has seen include parts in the Last Adam
(2006, Edford Banuel jr),
The Way Home (2010, Lance W.Dreesen), Death of Seasons (2006,
Chance White), Return of the Jackalope (2006, Michael D.Friedman,
Still, the Miss Pat role stands out beyond others.
“They ran this film in some churches,” commented Andre van
Heerden of Cloud Ten
Pictures, the company that picked up distribution for
this film and due to their connections should help gain it some of the
attention it deserves. “On the scene where she gets punched out
by the hero, people in the church, including many Christians in the
audience actually cheered.”
Though originally intended as an edgy
“faith based” vehicle, there seems to be an effort to take this
movie into the secular world
and play off its horror elements, which might be a wise thing, for unlike
those sappy-assed Billy Graham born-againers films, this one might push
the real church people a little too far in the wrong way. There are
reportedly some efforts to enter the movie in some secular horror fests
and see what results.
deserves more attention than she has evidently gotten. Maybe this article