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The Gathering (2003)

Christina Ricci , Ioan Gruffudd , Brian Gilbert  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Christina Ricci, Ioan Gruffudd, Stephen Dillane, Kerry Fox, Simon Russell Beale
  • Directors: Brian Gilbert
  • Writers: Anthony Horowitz
  • Producers: Marc Samuelson, Patrick McKenna, Peter Samuelson, Pippa Cross, Rachel Cuperman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: January 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HC2M0C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,397 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Gathering" on IMDb

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Christina Ricci stars in this psychological thriller as an American backpacker (Cassie) traveling through the English countryside, whose life turns for the worse after she is involved in a random car accident. During recovery she is befriended by Simon Kirkman (Stephen Dillane), who has been researching a buried church from the First Century, embedded with images of Christ’s crucifixion. Cassie begins to have terrifying visions of the townspeople and their deaths. Is the town cursed or are her visions spirits from the unearthed church grasping for life? What is uncovered will make you fearful for what happens next!

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THEY'RE WAITING AND WATCHING June 11, 2007
Yes, THE GATHERING is another religious horror movie, but this one has an intriguing premise. It opens with the discovery of a buried church and a bas-relief of the crucifixion. There are several inconsistencies in this find and there starts the fun in this film. Adding to the mix is Cassie Grant (Christina Ricci), a girl who has been taken in by a family after being hit by a car and losing her memory. She has no idea why she was coming to this little village, but soon begins to have horrible visions that something bad is about to happen to the good folk in this town. She also shares a kinship with the small boy, Michael, in the family that she is staying with, and she is fiercely protectively of him against the horrible future that she sees for him.

THE GATHERING doesn't have a lot of gore. It relies more on atmosphere, and (GASP) an intelligent plotline for the viewer involvement and I think the film was successful in this. THE GATHERING was another one of those movies that I'd never heard of, one that Hollywood sank straight to DVD with little or no fanfare. I think it's so sad that they don't ever try anymore to market these films to any audience anymore. After all, we desperately needed DUKES OF HAZZARD. There was an entertainment feast I couldn't live without.

THE GATHERING is worth your time. It has chills, suspense and a good story to tell, one that just might stay with you for a while. I know I won't forget it so easily.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In the tradition of classic Hammer horror films... February 5, 2007
By Cubist
Originally made in 2002 and mysteriously released on DVD in North America in 2007, The Gathering is a British horror film in the tradition of The Wicker Man and The Omen. The police uncover the remnants of a church built in the first century after a young couple discovered it and were killed for their troubles in a freak accident. During a rainy day, a mother (Fox) accidentally runs into Cassie Grant (Ricci), an American backpacker, with her car. Surprisingly, the young woman has only minor injuries and the guilt-ridden mother takes her in to her home in the small village of Ashby Wake.

Christina Ricci does a fine job as an inquisitive woman plagued by nightmarish visions and she certainly fares better here than in the flawed Hollywood horror film, Cursed, playing a strong, proactive character who we join in piecing together the mystery of this long-buried church.

Screenwriter Anthony Horowitz, a veteran of British television (including several episodes of Poirot and Murder in Mind), takes an old chestnut of people refusing to leave unpleasant things well alone (especially when it pertains to ancient evil) and conceptualizes it in a fresh, new way. There are lots of spooky premonitions, creepy townsfolk, atmospheric English countryside and a dark, secretive history that are staples of the British horror genre but they are presented by director Brian Gilbert (responsible for such fine fare as Tom & Viv and Wilde) in a straightforward way reminiscent of the classic Hammer horror films directed by Terence Fisher. At times, The Gathering does seem to be channeling The Omen, complete with a demonic looking dog and carefully orchestrated gruesome deaths brought on by the supernatural but where it deviates is in its intriguing concept.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By stryper
Fare Warning, anyone who can't stand to sit through a movie that builds up the suspense slowly, and isn't in your face from the word go, will likely turn this off before getting to reap the rewards of the eventual revelations of this film.

But for those who like their movies to slowly build up, to a great and thought provoking reveal, that will have you and your friends talking about it, even after the film ends, then, "OH BOY", is this film for you.

Also, if you're into films like, The Da Vinci Code, where Christian doctrines are put to the test, then this is also your type of movie (although to be fare, this film doesn't so much test Christian doctrines, as much as it adds a new mythology to it).

I'd love to go into the plot and such of this great film, but that would spoil the wonderful surprises that this film holds in store for anyone with the curiosity to look beyond the negative reviews (as I did) and give this movie a try.

I think you may be pleasantly surprised, at just how good this film really is.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant thriller! October 20, 2007
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Occasionally I will buy a movie sight unseen, based on reviews. The Gathering is one of those films, and I loved every moment of it. This is a chillingly atmospheric film with a slow build-up to a startling conclusion, much like Sixth Sense. What is sad is that I never heard of this movie before I stumbled across it on Fans of this genre should not miss The Gathering.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 Stars for this moralistic little thriller February 20, 2007
While there have been a few other films in the past with some connections to this film's premise, I still found this to be a rather original film. It focuses on the morbid quality many of us possess and that is our facination with death and tragedy. Consider how much news we digest, the countless hours of reality TV we watch, and the number of times we slow down to view an accident. What drives us to observe these tragic events? Most of us don't stop to help or get very emotional about what we see. So what is the attraction? Morbid curiosity is the answer and this film offers up a Dante's Inferno-like punishment for those that engage in this cruel facination.

Cruel? Yes, it is. While it may seem generally harmless behavior to witness a tragedy, consider our disconnection to the pain of others or our lack of genuine concern. In addition, consider how some of us go out of our way to view tragedy in its many shapes and forms. We are merely curious. Notice how we rush to the TV when we hear something like "a stuntman was killed on the set of a film today. Be advised that the following pictures are graphic." Wow, we don't miss that do we? Talk show tears notwithstanding, we have been disensitized to human suffering and this film explores that issue. In fact, this film not only explores our morbid curiosity with tragedy, but also our often disconnections to those around us that if we connected with them, we could avoid a tragedy. We will often witness the unpleasant, but do little stop or prevent it.

The film starts out slow, but at a brief 80 minutes, it gets going quickly. If you haven't read one of the spoiling reviews below, this film also has a nice mystery in it as well as Ricci's character can't recall who she is or why she is in this town.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good little horror mystery
A strange little film with impending danger type thriller. For much of the movie strange things happen and you feel confused and lost with the storyline, not knowing where it is... Read more
Published 1 month ago by dhart
5.0 out of 5 stars The receiver loved it.
I bought it as a present. The receiver loved it.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Come Gather
Small towns are full of good people and nothing ever goes wrong, right? Right??!! WRRROOOONG! This is not a gore fest so do not be looking for that. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mark J. House
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Premise Makes For Interesting Quasi-Horror Film.
I didn't quite know what to expect when I watched THE GATHERING. I wouldn't have known of the movie's existence had it not been for Jonathan Rigby's book ENGLISH GOTHIC which... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Chip Kaufmann
4.0 out of 5 stars Gathering
Another Christina Ricci movie. CR does her usual trick of making a relatively low budget movie sparkle as only she can.
Published 13 months ago by Mr. GB Couttie
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story, good acting, unsettling psycho
Not a stupid horror movie at all. The story was interesting and kept us intrigued to the end. Has a few good plot developments. Read more
Published 17 months ago by M. Bell
4.0 out of 5 stars The long voyeur home
This is a formula movie. However most movies are and that is why we watch them. This is not one of those cut to the chase movies. Read more
Published 18 months ago by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great horror movie
This is a great movie. There is a really good plot. Also, the history behind the story is revealed at a decent pace. Read more
Published on September 19, 2012 by M. Ishmael
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking
We saw this movie on TV and really liked it. We bought it and have watched it several times and each time, we pick up something that we hadn't seen before. Read more
Published on July 1, 2012 by slocum
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good Movie
This movie was better than I had hoped for. The story is really good, and I was surprised by the ending. If you like Christina Ricci, you will feel for her character here. Read more
Published on April 24, 2012 by Steven Abercrombie
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