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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An effective horror
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Yeah, not so bad
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...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An effective horror, 12 Mar 2012
This review is from: The Shrine [DVD] (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
3.0 out of 5 stars Yeah, not so bad, 3 Mar 2012
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old School Cultism, 17 April 2012
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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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A horror film that could have been better, 2 Sep 2012
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This review is from: The Shrine [DVD] (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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5.0 out of 5 stars Horror with a difference, 1 Sep 2014
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Different and intriguing going with full on suspense and not giving all away until near the end. Horror is involved and plenty of that. A young backpacker disappears after going to a remote village, known as a bizarre cult place that have human sacrifices, Well everyone is different are we not, followed by a group of journalist who are determine to find the truth and put these rumours to rest. Now no more clues as there is a lot more to go but I will let you decide what you think. I rated this an A grade plus for suspense as there is plenty of that and with a few ideas thrown in that will keep you amused all the way through. Entertainment plus so what are you waiting for gather up the popcorn, collect the movie, sit upright so you can make a fast getaway when the horror starts or have the remote control handy. Marvellous acting with a fabulous story that you won't regret watching oh by the way I forgot to mention to have some one with you to keep you company, you'll need it. Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A clever and exciting supernatural horror-thriller, 31 May 2012
This review is from: The Shrine [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
The Shrine knows what makes a good horror tick and works with it. Flawed characters? Got them: Aaron Ashmore ('Marcus') and Cindy Sampson ('Carmen') play a hard-headed photographer and a flint-edged determined reporter. He's bitter and angry, she's self-centred and recklessly ambitious. Need some disharmony? Got that: their relationship is thoroughly on the rocks as a result of her career slump. All any good horror needs then is the carrot to lead them into harm's way. We get that in the form of a mystery that Carmen thinks will bust her out of her career rut - people have been going missing and she thinks she knows where. Roping a naive intern into her scheme, she drags them to central Europe to an intensely remote rural village, and things start to get weird for the group...
The movie mines the same gold-vein as Hostel in having overconfident Americans stumbling around in a land where they don't know the customs or intentions of the locals, and it has a great atmosphere of distrust and suspicion even before they get to the central mystery.
While it's obvious they're going to get into trouble, the film's strength is in taking what you think you know and using it to tease and tantalise you. The horror scenes are squirm inducing, there's a lot of blood, but it's matched with atmosphere and chills. There's also a nice twist which you can see coming, but which is good enough regardless. With a great showdown style ending, easily the creepiest use of a statue since The Exorcist, and some well-utilised European bleakness, this is a gem among the 'scary Europeans' pretenders.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 9 July 2014
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very well
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good film, 23 Jan 2014
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Bought this expecting it to be just average but is was really quite good.

The twist in the plot was great but you will have to buy it to find that out!
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4.0 out of 5 stars COOL HORROR MOVIE \m/, 30 Oct 2013
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i did like the shrine altho i dint understand why there wer no subtitles for parts of the movie as i re-bought this dvd thinking it would have sub's???other than that it was rather good the satantic strange moving statue was cool and the two girls wer good actresses and mega hot hehe
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5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing, Creepy, Gory, 26 Oct 2013
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This is one of the best horror films I have seen since sinister. It invoked everything required to generate a good horror film without the staple 'jumps' that most film producers seem to think constitutes a horror film, I like a horror film to disturb me, creep me out and a little gore is always a good bonus (and there's fair bit in this film). There was a constant element of mystery that glues you to the screen, and a certain strangeness that consistently lingers throughout most of the film. The acting was solid but I didn't feel the characterisation was successfully achieved. There was little dynamics within the main group but this did not detract from a well produced, indie horror flick. Thoroughly recommended.
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