Twenty five years ago at the Monastery of Pathicus in upstate New York, Young Anthony (Sal Bardo) wants another novice, the strict, flesh-mortifying Florian (Ryan G. Metzger, of "Skull & Bones"). When Florian rejects these advances, Young Anthony stabs Florian and then is taken in by a pagan group that initiates members by using the blood of a sacrificed goat (the DVD cover art).
After the film titles, we are in the present, with the now Father Anthony (Wilson Hand) heading the Order at the same monastery. Novices Rafael (Damacio Ruiz) and Eric (Craig Phillip Lumsden) are having a secret affair. Brother Stefano (Nate Steinwachs) wants Rafael, and Brother Matthew (Darin Guerrasion) has a more repressed interest in Eric. Father Lars (David McWeeney) punishes sinful behavior, especially sodomy, with lashings. The only contact with the outside world is the delivery guy, McGee (Shawn Hollenbach).
Into this set-up come, first, some symbols and dead animals and then an amnesiac, Sebastian (Angelo Tursi), who carries a book with witchcraft diagrams and seems to have vague recollections linked to the death of Florian 25 years before. There follows a potpourri of sex, lashings, monks being turned into vampires, the return of a ghostly Florian, revenge on the guilty, and the escape of one character.
The film has lots of ideas to work with but never ties up some major loose ends nor gets far into revealing characters. Who are these pagans associated with Anthony? Ghost-Florian and Alive-Sebastian seem to work at times in parallel; is there a closer connection? Why does Rafael want to leave the Order? Why does Ghost-Florian change monks into vampires rather than go after Anthony directly? There is room for the viewer to be inventive.
The acting is standard. The camerawork varies its approach throughout the film, ranging from mildly interesting to dull. It was surprising to hear cliche theremin music used with the titles and silly to hear the small monk group singing Gregorian chant outside but sounding as though they were in a reverberant hall. Eight of the ten actors show some skin. There are bare-back whipping scenes, neck chewing effects, and some rough sex simulation.
The extras include a theatrical trailer, a music video, some actor screen-tests, 8-plus minutes of deleted scenes, and about 13 minutes of behind-the-scenes.
Although "Eulogy" does not persuade, it does have a lot of entertaining elements and makes for a fun distraction.