FROM THE BACK OF THE BOX:
After delivering his first sermon, a new Reverend is visited by a beautiful young woman who suddenly attacks him, biting his throat. He survives the attack, but awakes with an unknown, uncontrollable thirst. As the Reverend becomes more familiar with his congregation and the wider community, he realizes that it is suffering under a wave of drugs, prostitution and violence, and decides to use his new-found bloodlust to good use.
FROM THE BACK OF MY BRAIN:
“The Reverend” is an interesting take on a vampire tale. That being said, the interesting take isn’t always enough to carry the movie. Mixing vampirism with the rites of the Christian church provides for amazing parallels. However, one has to wonder if the film can push past this initial conceit to find anything resembling a plot. I hate to break it to you, but it didn’t happen. What it did do was create a lead character that gets to do something rarely seen in a horror film. Redeem himself while relishing the power of the monster.
Vampirism by way of Job’s test is pretty interesting to the biblically inclined. However, it doesn’t always translate into compelling movie going. Internal struggles, crisis of faith and temptation don’t always make an audience stand on the edge of their seat. Rutger Hauer chews scenery in this movie like it’s his job. The other actors are more horror movie fodder desperate to climb out of C-list movies and straight into B-grade.
The DVD comes with no special features as far as I know. I watched this via a VOD style link. It wasn’t the best presentation, but I don’t think that the A/V Quality of the DVD would be much better. Still, the transfer was clean enough and the Dolby track worked. In the end, it’s a rental.
RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!