OZARK BANSHEE is the story of "Pastor Mike," a phony would-be exorcist who plans to make a killing from those he disdains as ignorant rubes in rural Missouri. Traveling with his girlfriend he soon encounters Jeb and his family, latter-day pioneers who live off the land. Or are they ghosts from a bygone era? In any event, there's a "haint" on Jeb's old homestead, a familiar spirit or demon known as a banshee who holds the family in thrall. Jeb says he's counting on Pastor Mike to free him and his brood from the banshee's spell, but Mike seems more interested in selling out to the powers of darkness. A dramatic series of terrifying events convinces Mike to repent of his evil intentions and sinful deeds and to rescue Jeb and the others. But is Mike's redemption complete enough and sincere enough to protect him during the final exorcism? Or will the forces of evil destroy him and those he loves before he can cast out the demon?
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