In 1987, Jim White (Kevin Costner) moved to McFarland in the San Joaquin Valley, Kern County, California, and what he found there shocked him. The city appeared to be a predominately Latino ghetto of sorts, where the children chose not to follow his instructions in class and caused him no end of grief. That was, until White noticed the exceptional running skills of the children in his class. With no cross-country team in the city and no one qualified to coach it, White assembled seven of the best runners and pushed them to take a chance and become great.
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Jesse is already aware of the dangers of making a wrong move in the crime-led neighbourhood of Oxnard, California, but nothing would prepare him for a curious venture into the unknown that would engulf his soul in darkness. During a heavy party session, they see the body of a woman from the apartment downstairs being taken away as ambulances and police swarm the street. In a bid to uncover the mystery behind her death, Jesse and his friends sneak into the apartment where they find pools of blood everywhere, some strange looking video tapes and an altar decked with black magic paraphernalia. Not only that, but among the strange objects are photographs of Jesse, who wakes up the next day with a strange bite mark on his forearm. As time goes on, he starts to feel not quite himself as a supernatural and highly malicious force begins to take hold of him.
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