In a move that’s sure to ruffle some cassocks, Sam Raimi is bringing James Herbert’s best-selling book Shrine to movie screens as The Unholy this Easter.

The story follows Alice, “a young hearing-impaired girl who, after a supposed visitation from the Virgin Mary, is inexplicably able to hear, speak and heal the sick. As word spreads and people from near and far flock to witness her miracles, a disgraced journalist hoping to revive his career visits the small New England town to investigate. When terrifying events begin to happen all around, he starts to question if these phenomena are the works of the Virgin Mary or something much more sinister.”

Produced by Raimi and the directorial debut of Evan Spiliotopoulos, The Unholy stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Cary Elwes, William Sadler and Cricket Brown as Alice.

While it releases in cinemas on Good Friday in the US, we await confirmation of an Australian release date.