The Shrine

January 3rd, 2010

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The Shrine

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A group of young journalists investigate a cult said to practice human sacrifice, but their ambitious ways may lead them to becoming the cult's next victims.

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 5.5/10 (2,513 voted)

Director: Jon Knautz

Stars: Cindy Sampson, Aaron Ashmore, Meghan Heffern

After a young American backpacker goes missing in Europe, a group of journalists link his disappearance to a remote village in Poland. They travel there hoping to get the story, but as they unravel the secrets behind this mysterious village, they are suddenly pursued by hostile locals. Unable to escape, they soon become the next victims of ritualistic human sacrifice. Forced into the gruesome reality of true survival horror, the journalists soon discover that this village hides a much darker secret than they could ever imagine.

Writers: Jon Knautz, Jon Knautz

Cindy Sampson - Carmen
Aaron Ashmore - Marcus
Meghan Heffern - Sara
Ben Lewis - Eric Taylor
Laura de Carteret - Laura Taylor (as Laura DeCarteret)
Connor Stanhope - Dariusz
Trevor Matthews - Henryk
Paulino Nunes - Henchmen #5
Monica Bugajski - Emilia
Vieslav Krystyan - Arkadiusz
Danijel Mandic - Henchmen #7
Jasmin Geljo - Purple Cloaked Man #2
Voytek Skrzeta - Henchmen #4
Stefen Hayes - Aleks
Julia Debowska - Lidia

Taglines: Once you find it, they won't let you leave.


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Release Date: 3 Jan 2010

Filming Locations: Pickering, Ontario, Canada

User Review

Extremely funny. Well, I am Polish, so what would you expect?

Rating: 1/10

A barrel of laughs, especially when viewed with my nephews. The image of a "typical" Polish village, named Alvania (BTW: no place in Poland can be named like this, because there's no "v" in Polish) + those funny looking medieval priests + the unbelievable Polish language dialogues, had us all ROTFL. It wasn't meant to be shown to Polish audience, of course (who cares about those medieval morons), but it has been shown to us, so here you have it.

And one more thing. While not being a religious person myself, I find it somewhat irritating that Christianity is constantly used as a vehicle for this kind of debilitating and pointless BS, leaving other religions grossly underrepresented. Hey, can't we think of some other religion to fit the bill? Perhaps one that would even have made better sense in this case (if "sense" is the right word)? Anything coming to mind? I have nothing against ridiculing religions or putting them in bad light (it is only a movie after all), but why the discrimination? During the most brutal scenes, like heads being squashed by priests, those priests use verbatim the words of basic prayers to which I am kind of attached by tradition (and which are known to basically every Polish child, religious or atheist). Very funny indeed. Lots of class and good taste, so typical of a North American movie whose action takes place in some exotic and necessarily backward European country.

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