Cast Members of Note- Aaron "The Other" Ashmore, Cindy Sampson, Meghan Heffern, and a bunch of people pretending to be Polish.
The Shrine is yet another story about an over-ambitious woman getting herself and her friends into a shitload of creepy trouble (e.g. The Tunnel, Blair Witch, etc...) Carmen is a journalist who is tired of writing stories about bees. When her boss sends her on a trip to write yet another scathing expose' on bees, she instead takes off for Poland, to search for a missing backpacker. Of course she can't just go alone, so she brings along her trusty intern sidekick and her photographer boyfriend.
|"Come on guys, nothing could possibly go wrong if we go down here!"|
|"Wait a minute... you... you want a hug?"|
*because kids are creepy in general, that's why.
|Yeah. Shit gets crazy, and this is where we end up.|
Aside from our Downright Horrendous gripe below, The Shrine was enjoyable from start to finish, although the first half was a lot slower that the latter half. It wasn't "bad slow," but it's only fair to note that the set-up and build took a little while. Once the movie kicked into high gear though, it was engrossing and even induced nail-biting at times.
Best of all, it was creepy; Jon Knautz did here what I'm always begging Horror directors to do, and that's use subtlety to scare me, not jump scares and music cues. His approach worked very well. If Knautz keeps this kind of thing up, he might just be one of the genre's most important directors in a few years.
The look, the feel, the acting; all solid. It's just a great story. The twists and turns that the movie takes were solid and not cringe inducing (for a change), and the ending was actually an ending. No cliffhangers. No lame ambiguity. It came to a climax, had a bit of resolution, and it ended. That was all really nice to experience for a change.
|We don't even know what he's screaming!|
|They can't even use a mirror properly!|
|Also, don't forget about the eye violence.|
|Tits or GTFO!|
|Sometimes, it's a Demon's fault.|
In the U.S., if you have Comcast, Cox, Time Warner, Cablevision or Bright House, it's on VOD now, and you should make this one your next rental
The Shrine is available now on DVD.
Meghan Heffern in this.