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The Shrine (2010)

Jon Knautz , Jon Knautz  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jon Knautz
  • Directors: Jon Knautz
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: KimStim
  • DVD Release Date: May 8, 2012
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0076ZQDVC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,786 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Director Jon Knautz (Robert Englund cult fave Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer) returns with a blood-curdling tale of sacrificial cults, demonic possession and ancient evil. After a young American backpacker vanishes in Europe, three journalists trace his disappearance to a mysterious Polish village. They travel there hoping to get the story, but instead find a grotesque, fog-shrouded shrine and hostile locals hell-bent on serving up for their next ritualistic human sacrifice. Praised by such prestigious fan sites as Dread Central, Bloody Disgusting and FearNet, The Shrine features rising stars Aaron Ashmore (TV s Smallville), Meghan Heffern (The Fog) and Cindy Sampson (TV s Supernatural).

DVD Special features include:
Commentary by director Jon Knautz, actor/producer Trevor Matthews, and composer Ryan Shore
Behind-the-scenes footage
Original theatrical trailer
Closed captioning

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Wait For Movies Like This May 20, 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
As the years have passed onward for me I find myself filling my dripping horror platter from places such as older films, foreign, and independents much more than anything in the mainstream as of late. The Shrine is a rare and raw piece of celluloid that can be laid at the altar of good films at a time when most are thrown out back for the diseased dogs to eat. It's true there are some things in the movie worth correcting but as it was once said "no work of art is ever completed, only abandoned." To overly-critique this movie is to focus on all that we would like to have instead of all that is before us which is a movie worth watching and deserving of money that's becoming more difficult to earn these days.

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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Keep your expectations in check and enjoy! November 11, 2012
Probably the best way to go into a flick like The Shrine is knowing as little about it as possible. Reviewers face a two-edged sword; I think it's recommendable, but if I try to say why, I risk taking the edge off the film's effectiveness. Even saying something as innocent as the film went in a different direction than I thought it would may tip off intelligent horror fans to discard their first impression of the onscreen events and begin extrapolating as to what other explanations are possible.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Independent, low-budget, and creepy as hell November 18, 2012
The Shrine is an odd film. It starts with a Hostel-esque premise, and then the stupid kids walk into a fog bank suspended in the middle of a forest. Everything changes. The film turns a corner and leads you down a path than only keeps getting weirder and creepier until the final reveal. Wow! This is what inspired horror movie making is all about, and a rare gem that mostly succeeds where all the mainstream horror movies fail.

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.)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
this reminded me of old time horror flicks. The fact that much of the film wasn't in English actually added to the spook factor for me. It made the ending that much more interesting when you realize how much you've misjudged the people in this film. Liked it a lot.
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!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I got this very good movies
Published 27 days ago by Larry Leonard
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 * - Low-budget but effective chiller
This film has quite a few flaws, but despite it all, it delivers enough creepy scenes and unexpected twists to keep me happy. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Z Hayes
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't Buy This Movie
The first half of the movie was slow--and it's only 85 minutes. The second half was not scary. Poor acting. Read more
Published 9 months ago by James Ward Kirk
5.0 out of 5 stars Carnen deserved her fate
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 12 months ago by James Chan
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST SEE!
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 more
Published 14 months ago by Kyle
3.0 out of 5 stars kinda cool new fim
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 fine
Published 14 months ago by travis gilbert
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
If you don't like this movie, please stop watching horror movies. In fact consider not watching movies at all. This is a Diamond in the ruff.
Published 15 months ago by Zachary
2.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Movie Review! - [...] - @tss5078
We see it over and over again with Horror, a film with a decent storyline, starts out great, and quickly descends into a pointless mess of blood and guts. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Todd Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Horror Flick
This movie starts off a little slow, but the build up is great. Everything really comes together in the end, and while it's not the scariest movie, there are quite a few scenes... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Mask Full Of Blood For You...
THE SHRINE is a dark, bleak horror film that Lovecraft himself would enjoy. Two reporters and their photographer venture into rural Poland, in order to find out what happened to a... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein
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