Kristen Ruhlin in Welcome to Mercy
Writer Kristen Ruhlin (second from left) stars in the occult possession thriller, ‘in Welcome to Mercy,’ which was directed by Tommy Bertelsen, and will be released by IFC Midnight.

Kristen Ruhlin is determinedly fighting back against the forces that are possessing and haunting her in the new official trailer for her upcoming occult thriller, ‘Welcome to Mercy.’ IFC Midnight is set to release the movie on November 2, after it had its World Premiere at the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival, and then its West Coast Premiere at Screamfest in Los Angeles earlier this month.

In addition to playing the lead in ‘Welcome to Mercy,’ Ruhlin also made her feature film writing debut with its script. She’s proving that female filmmakers deserve to receive the same amount of attention in the genre as their male counterparts. The actress was getting tired of waiting for other people to write good roles for her, so she decided to do it herself, and get the drama made and finished on her own terms.

‘Feed’ helmer Tommy Bertelsen directed ‘Welcome to Mercy.’ In addition to Ruhlin, the upcoming thriller also stars Eileen Davies, Lily Newmark and Toms Liepajnieks.

‘Welcome to Mercy’ follows a young woman, Madaline (Ruhlin), as she struggles against the unholy forces that possess her. After being stricken with stigmata, the single mother is sent to a remote convent where nothing is what it seems, and her friend, August (Newmark), is seemingly the only person she can trust. Together, they must confront the demons inside Madaline before she becomes the Antichrist.

'Welcome to Mercy' Official Trailer
'Welcome to Mercy' Official Trailer

IFC Midnight has released the official trailer for director Tommy Bertelsen and actress-writer Kristen Ruhlin's occult possession thriller, 'Welcome to Mercy.'

By Karen Benardello

As a graduate of LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic, Karen Benardello serves as ShockYa's Senior Movies & Television Editor. Her duties include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, and scribing movie, television and music reviews and news articles. As a New York City-area based journalist, she's a member of the guilds, New York Film Critics Online and the Women Film Critics Circle.

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