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DVD Special features include:
Commentary by director Jon Knautz, actor/producer Trevor Matthews, and composer Ryan Shore
Original theatrical trailer
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The Shrine is set in a modern time yet pre-industrialized Eastern European town where food and supplies are produced, not bought. The xenophobic townspeople are more concerned with making do and being left alone than for the modern conveniences of the first-world mega-nations. This film is about what happens when overly curious, intrusive Americans march onward into this set aside village and the consequences for the modern not paying homage to the ancient traditions of others in this surreal, mysterious hamlet.
The main characters are not to be respected though you may find yourself feeling sympathy for them. They are arrogant, disrespectful, and rude. As their fate becomes known to you the vague thought of "you asked for it" begins to prevail and not with a sense of remorse. The director clearly has some political opinions yearning to be expressed but it's not revealing unless truly examined.Read more ›
So I'll try to keep it short. Three American journalists go to Poland to find out what happened to a missing backpacker whom the audience already knows has met with a sad end. Before they know it, they've repeated his mistakes, and those who took care of the backpacker are ready to make sure the journalists pay the full price for their trespasses.
What separates this movie from scores of others which begin in similar ways are the little touches the filmmakers add. One of the most effective is that when the journalists arrive in the backwater village in Poland, most of the residents speak only Polish, rather than resorting to the silly idea that English is so universal that everyone must know it. Of those who do speak it, there are plausible enough reasons why, and I respect the director for granting the audience a measure of intelligence to be able to follow along without holding our hand the entire way and subtitling the foreign language dialog. Another is the extreme creepiness of the encounter with 'the shrine' itself. I found it very unnerving.
Combine the deft plotting with competent acting, as well as the other small touches, and the deficencies in the film seem minor or invisible. Keep your expectations reasonable and chances are you will find this a nice turn from your average horror film.
To be fair, the production standards where not altogether top notch (too much green screen work), but it's obvious that majority of the budget was spent on the special effects. The cast was also uneven (Cindy Sampson could not carry the picture even with all of Aaron Ashmore's help). Also, the director lingers too long on certain shots, and fails to pick up the pace when the story races out from under him.
Nonetheless, this is still highly recommended for those who like supernatural horror. (Finally available to own on DVD, although you can stream it on Netflix.)
A surprising gem from IFC. Here comes along an independent film that I've never heard of, I take a little risk and rent it, and then...WOW. Creepy, smart, great twist at the end that really caught me by surprise.This film is a MUST for any fan of the Horror / Supernatural genre.
I bought it on DVD because real liked it ..just wish they release it on blu-ray & widscreen format,This movie is great! i dont understand why people are talking about how they are speaking polish and there is no subtitles... Obviously it is for a reason they dont want you to know what the ending is going to be... i highly reccommend this movie!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There are a lot of good reviews for this movie! My simple addition to the reviews would be this: I enjoyed "The Shrine" the 1st time around, even though there are no... Read morePublished 9 months ago by TheCounsel
I'm a big horror fan and usually find these movies a bit samey but the shrine is different and is a really great movie, basically a group of young journalists are investigating the... Read morePublished 13 months ago by S. Drury
This film has quite a few flaws, but despite it all, it delivers enough creepy scenes and unexpected twists to keep me happy. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Z Hayes
The first half of the movie was slow--and it's only 85 minutes. The second half was not scary. Poor acting. Read morePublished on February 2, 2014 by James Ward Kirk
Carmen deserved her fate. This is what happens when you are too ambitious and you mind other people's business... I love this film, i will give it 5 stars.Published on October 12, 2013 by James Chan
I'm not one to take the time to write a review about a movie, but this is one of the few that I MUST! Read morePublished on August 26, 2013 by Kyle
this was hyped a bit,its ok enjoyable not what i expected witch for me is a good thing,pretty good horror ,reminds me of and older style of horror in good way,dvd played finePublished on August 16, 2013 by travis gilbert