In theaters today: Priest and A Serbian Film

Posted: May 13, 2011 by Jenny Dreadful in Film, News

Good afternoon, readers. I’m here to give you a look at horror movies hitting the big screen today. What’s out?


Opens in theaters everywhere today

PRIEST, a post-apocalyptic sci fi thriller, is set in an alternate world — one ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampires. The story revolves around a legendary Warrior Priest (Paul Bettany) from the last Vampire War who now lives in obscurity among the other downtrodden human inhabitants in walled-in dystopian cities ruled by the Church. When his niece (Lily Collins) is abducted by a murderous pack of vampires, Priest breaks his sacred vows to venture out on an obsessive quest to find her before they turn her into one of them. He is joined on his crusade by his niece‚Äôs boyfriend (Cam Gigandet), a trigger-fingered young wasteland sheriff, and a former Warrior Priestess (Maggie Q) who possesses otherworldly fighting skills.

Both the director, Scott Charles Stewart, and the star, Paul Bettany, of the ridiculous angelic bromance¬†Legion, return to their respective roles in Priest, a¬†sci-fi vampire epic based on a Korean comic¬†by¬†Min-Woo Hyung.¬†In addition to Bettany, the cast includes Karl Urban (Star Trek, And Soon the Darkness), Maggie Q (the Nikita TV series), Cam Gigandet (The Roommate, Pandorum),¬†Brad Dourif (LotR, Child’s Play series),¬†Stephen Moyer (True Blood) and Christopher Plummer. The film opens everywhere today thankfully available in both 2D and 3D.¬†

Generally a bad sign, though, this film has seen multiple release date changes. The fact that one of the delays was due to a 2D-3D conversion in post doesn’t make me feel any better about it.¬†The visuals in the trailer do look fun, but¬†Legion was pretty terrible. Will a significantly bigger budget allow this team to make a better movie? Reviews are fairly negative so far, but I’m hoping viewers looking for dumb fun and action won’t be disappointed.

I must admit I’m intrigued by Karl Urban as an evil cowboy. Who isn’t? ¬†

A Serbian Film

An edited version of A Serbian Film is seeing a limited theater release in the States starting today. ¬†This is only theater list I can find.¬†*Trailer can’t be considered safe for work. Nudity, violence and sexual violence*

Milos, a retired porn star, leads a normal family life with his wife Maria and six-year old son Petar in tumultuous Serbia, trying to make ends meet. A sudden call from his former colleague Layla will change everything. Aware of his financial problems, Layla introduces Milos to Vukmir – a mysterious, menacing and politically powerful figure in the pornographic business. A leading role in Vukmir’s production will provide financial support to Milos and his family for the rest of their lives. A contract insists on his absolute unawareness of a script they will shoot. From then on, Milos is drawn into a maelstrom of unbelievable cruelty and mayhem devised by his employer, “the director” of his destiny. Vukmir and his cohorts will stop at nothing to complete his vision. In order to escape the living cinematic hell he’s put into, and save his family’s life, Milos will have to sacrifice everything – his pride, his morality, his sanity, and maybe even his own life

I’ve said plenty about this film already, but I haven’t seen it yet. A copy is still sitting on the floor of my living room waiting to be watched. Until I’ve endured this nightmare, I just don’t have anything more to say. ¬†I do want to get it over with quite soon though! Until then, yes, A Serbian Film is considered the most controversial horror film in circulation today. Unless you’re hardcore and can’t avoid such a cinematic minefield, this isn’t recommended to anyone. When we’re ready, you’ll hear all about it.

I still love the music in that trailer with all my heart. The track is “Pazi Ň°ta radiŇ°” by Wikluh Sky.


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