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The Shrine [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Aaron Ashmore, Cindy Sampson, Meghan Heffern
  • Directors: Jon Knautz
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Arrow
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Feb 2012
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0072HTWNK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,755 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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After a young backpacker goes missing, a group of journalists link his disappearance to a remote village infamous for its bizarre cult activity and rumours of human sacrifice. Hell bent on discovering the truth, they travel to the village but quickly find themselves pursued by a mysterious group determined to kill them. Forced into the gruesome reality of true survival horror, the journalists soon discover that the village hides a much darker secret than they could ever have imagined.

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Green Man Music on 17 April 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Two female journalists, with one of their husbands in tow, defy their editor and head off to Poland to investigate a spate of missing persons reports.

They arrive in a rural backwater where a strange cloud hangs over the local forest, and a strangely-garbed group of priests hold sway. Believing that the strong, aggressive warnings by locals to stay away after they show around photos of the latest missing person indicate complicity in the disappearances, they venture towards the fog-shrouded forest, where the girls stumble across a gargoyle-like statue with a hideous grin (reminded me a bit of an evil version of the statue in The Keeper Of Traken).

After they emerge from the forest, nothing is quite the same - and now the locals are determined that they are most definitely not leaving.

This is a very old-school style horror, back to an era of weird cults and curses and the problems that outsiders bring to backwaters guarding terrible secrets.

The acting is reasonable, but it's the story and the overall atmosphere that I enjoyed the most about this film. It has something of films like Rawhead Rex about it, and if you enjoy that genre, you will probably enjoy this.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By your average reader on 12 Mar 2012
Format: DVD
This was an effective horror film. The characters were sympathetic, the special effects were realistic, the setting was atmospheric, there was a feeling of sustained suspense, there were a few shocks and there was a twist in the plot. It was not the very best film of its kind, but it was a good film. The only slightly strange element was the fact that much of the speech was in Polish without any subtitles, but perhaps this was intended to help the viewer share the sense of disorientation which the American characters would have experienced. How much more terrible to be isolated in a location where no-one speaks your language or chooses not to!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Albatross on 3 Mar 2012
Format: DVD
If you've seen more than two horror films since the nineteen seventies, you've probably seen a car load of good looking Americans going somewhere they shouldn't and running into something they wished they hadn't.

Sometimes it's rednecks, other times monsters and occasionally plants and flesh-eating diseases. The Shrine is just another one to be added to the genre.

Three journalists travel to Poland (as far as I know not known for its rednecks, monsters or flesh-eating bacteria) in search of a missing boy. They find... well, let's just say they should probably have stayed in a Starbucks restaurant in New York.

I've seen dozens of films like this and what makes them either good or bad is, in my opinion, whether the characters are likeable and whether or not they behave in a way we can relate to. Of course, like in any horror film, many won't make the final reel, but at least in The Shrine you can tick both counts. The characters are decent enough to relate to (okay, so no major character development, but it has gore, so that's a good substitute, right?) and, if you can ignore them going to an out-of-the-way Polish village in the first place, they don't spend the rest of the movie running headlong into obviously dangerous situations.

Obviously, there's better out there and this one never borrows elements from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Hostel and even the Exorcist, but still it should keep you entertained for an hour and a half.

Note: if you ever go to Poland... don't look at their statues
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Ryden on 2 Sep 2012
Format: DVD
If you're a horror afficianado you'll trawl through hours and hours of guff in search of the film to creep you out more than the first horror film you ever saw (which, let's face it sets the benchmark); in my case it was Evil Dead at the age of 12. More often than not you'll end up with a duffer which you only persevere with for the inevitable gore. The Shrine is one such addition to the horror genre.

Okay, tenuous plot as follows: failing journalist, and her trusty intern, persuades photographer (oh, that's lucky) boyfriend to travel to Poland to investigate the case of an American tourist going missing. Her editor has an assignment to investigate declining bee populations but apparently this scoop is worth travelling half way across the world for.

Now, cast-wise the only character I rooted for was the photographer boyfriend, the other two did nothing to engender the least bit of empathy. The greatest cardinal sin was the film's over-reliance on ludicrous decision making to propel the plot. Honestly, that's one of my biggest bug bears in horror films. Sure, the director has to orchestrate death scenes but the individual character decisions have to be credible.

On the plus side the death scenes are macabre and very much wince inducing. The only thing rescuing The Shrine from dreck status was the rug-pulling plot device in the final third which I thought very clever. The remaining cast speak mainly in Polish with no subtitles, which in hindsight was necessary to keep the viewer in the dark.

In short, a reasonable horror film let down by dodgy plot and characters hard to care about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Mason TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Oct 2014
Format: Blu-ray
This is an effective and well executed horror film. A young American backpacker, Eric, goes missing while travelling through Poland. Three American journalists, Carmen, Sarah and Marcus, decide to investigate the disappearance and they end up in a small Polish village called Alvania. The locals are like an Amish community, wearing clothing from a century ago, and they soon let the young American trio know, in no uncertain terms, that they are not welcome.
However, the strange behaviour of the villagers only serves to heighten the curiosity of the Americans even more, and they start searching the creepy local woods for signs of Eric. Predictably enough, the villagers trap the three journalists, using extreme violence.
One of the trio, Sarah, becomes the human sacrifice in a very disturbing ritual, which certainly had me grimacing. Hints are dropped that the villagers are more than mere devil worshippers, that they might be something altogether more depraved and diabolical. The locals have actually summoned a demon spirit, which possesses Carmen, and what follows then is a very polished fight for survival between the demon and the townsfolk.
The film has a short running time, only 1 hour and fifteen minutes, which is actually a good thing, because not a single minute is wasted. The three journalists are well drawn, likeable characters, which means that you actually feel involved in what happens to them.
The fact that Carmen is a truly stunning Latin beauty is an added bonus, at least for male viewers. The villagers are suitably baleful and malignant. The scenes of violence are sporadic, but more than graphic and disturbing enough to satisfy most horror fans. The make up effects when Carmen is possessed are excellent.
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