The Reverend [DVD]
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Fresh from seminary school, a new Reverend arrives at his first parish - a small chapel in an apparently idyllic country village. But something sinister lurks beneath the surface, and late one night it comes to his door in the guise of a frightened little girl… Waking the next morning with a bloody bite, insatiable hunger and no sign of the girl, the Reverend sets out on his mission.
With striking visuals from one of Britain's rising directors and a stellar cast of horror legends (Rutger Hauer) and Brit heroes (Shane Richie, Tamer Hassan), packed with action sequences, gore, vampires and chicks and an original story loosely based on the Biblical book of Job, The Reverend promises to leave you thirsty for more...
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Hard to review this without giving some of the story - but no ending spoiler
Maybe its my hearing but the start was a bit difficult to hear. Quite clearly A man in a dark suit (after a taxi ride where he gives a beautiful girl a mission), walks in to (no not a bar) a religious looking place - how I would imagine some grand foyer in the Vatican - here, priests with swords turn block him and protect some big wig. It wasn't clear to me who was good or bad at this point but they strike up a deal apparently to test the 'virtue of a good man'. Queue the rest of the story.
A new reverend arrives at a small village - he is young and charming - after his first evening sermon the beautiful woman from the taxi knocks on his door they chat and when she can't seduce him she bites his neck. the rest of the story although predictablish is done with fair aplomb. A series of well crafted scenes lay the story which reveals at a reasonable pace all wrapped in the reverends conflict.
There are the usual array of bad guys and one or two characters you aren't sure about so that's done well.
With the exception of the one character who quite obviously is a slime ball from the get go even though he's putting up a good show of being concerned.
All in all it builds to a an acceptable finale. initially I was enamoured of the ending thinking it a bit rushed, whereas in fact the story was told and all that remained was to actually end it with a bit of nicety and tie up a few loose ends.
Is it believable - well of course not. It's not meant to be. As I understand it its an adaptation of a comic book - I forget the modern term form them something like graphic novels or some such.Read more ›
At 47 minutes I heard probably the 50th F-word,the acting was terrible and the budget was more than likely to have been only slightly more than the 75p I parted with to buy it.
On the back cover it said "the best British horror since hammer-9/10"',for a holy themed film that was blasphemous and haunted digital magazine should be ashamed of its self for saying it.
Why oh why has RUTGER HAUER let his acting ability be used to promote this pile of utter SH-ONE-T is beyond me,it's got to say something when even the lady playing the church organist is a better thespian than the main star of the film Stuart Brennan.
I've only given this film one star because there isn't a section to give I no stars whatsoever which is what it deserves.
If you see this in a shop for under a pound do your self a favour and nip next door and buy your self a mars bar instead it's much more satisfying.
How Rutger Hauer, Tamer Hassan and even Shane Ritchie got roped into this ridiculous cinematic outing is beyond me; I can only assume it was as a favour to the director or whatever, rather than for the money as the budget appears to be non-existent[don't be fooled by the billing either: Hauer and Ritchie only play short cameo roles].
So not even so bad it's good. The premise- a vicar is put through the trials of Job and [somehow] turns into a sort of vampire without the fangs- is daft but, one imagines, still with some potential in another film maker's hands... but not this one. In fact this film is almost as bad as The Wicker Tree, another recent low point in British horror. Thank God British horror-thrillers such as Eden Lake and The Reeds are keeping the flag flying.
So two stars instead of one, purely for the fact I watched it all the way through without reaching for the off buton, and for the only high point of the film, Shane Ritchie's five minute slot as a coke-fiend pimp, which actually is rather good :)
If movies were cars, far from being a brand new, top of the range BMW 7 series, the Reverend would be an 8 yr old Fiat Panda with a dodgy clutch.....and like the Panda, the movie has trouble getting out of second gear. Watch once and then give it away. Pay no more than £1.50 for the movie (and that includes P&P).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyable enough but I'd recommend waiting till it is free to view on Prime. Rutger Hauer fans should realise that his presence in the movie is a cameo appearance during the... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Sceptical Joe
its so bad and cheesy, its good. Can't take this film seriously, so much crap acting,i love it.Published 21 months ago by p a j morris
Proberly one of the worst vampire movies I've have ever seen. Really boring. It has no english text , and the sound on the dvd is also badPublished on 25 May 2014 by Anja P.
First bit was very gory but excellent acting and I did enjoy the film on the whole. Not quite enough of Rutger Haur.Published on 12 July 2013 by leytonette
This was a great shame, as I am a real fan of Rutger Hauer. There should have been more of him in the film. I am a big fan of vampires this one did not quite do it for me.Published on 10 Jun. 2013 by Jane
A strange but good offering from Mr. Hauer. Anthony Hopkins also excels in this one. Altogether a very good filmPublished on 25 Jan. 2013 by pegleg