The Faith of Anna Waters / The Offering (dir. Kelvin Tong, 2016) – Journalist Jamie Waters investigates the sudden death of her sister and uncovers a mysterious streak of suicides in Singapore.
Confined to the tropes of the exorcism subgenre, The Faith of Anna Waters fails to outdistance its apparent influences.
In 2005, Singaporean director Kelvin Tong made his horror debut. Inspired by Asian cultural observances during the Hungry Ghost Month, The Maid delivered the scares and became a box office success. His gritty supernatural-crime drama Rule Number One continued the upward streak, building much anticipation towards his first Hollywood entry.
The Faith of Anna Waters sees American journalist Jamie Waters (Elizabeth Rice) arrive in Singapore to investigate the mysterious suicide of her sister Anna (Rayann Condy). When her niece Katie (Adina Herz) insists that Anna will return in seven days, Jamie unhesitatingly turns her suspicion to the occult.
Her persistent delve uncovers similar deaths in the city, where she crosses paths with Catholic priests James De Silva (Colin Borgonon) and Matthew Tan (Adrian Pang). The religious pair believes that the end-of-day omens in cyber-attacks on local churches may hold the answers.