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The Shrine (2010)

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Movie Info

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 will discover that this village hides a much darker


Mystery & Suspense, Horror

May 7, 2012

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The Shrine is horror just going through the motions - dull and perfunctory, with nowhere near enough polish to match its broken Polish.

March 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Comments (2)
Eye for Film

Even with its familiar trappings and some occasional bumps in the road, The Shrine is an enjoyable little throwback.

September 5, 2011 Full Review Source: FEARnet

The Shrine builds and builds and builds, until it finally shows just what it is made of.

October 20, 2010 Full Review Source: iamROGUE

Audience Reviews for The Shrine

I am sick and tired of badly made horror films lately. This used to be one of my favorite genres, but good horror flicks are far and few between anymore. This one isn't half bad, though. It is an Independent film, which is a plus for me. It isn't, however, for those looking for a complete bloodfest. This movie has more eerie, creepy vibes about it, until the end. Then the bloodfest commences. However, this movie is set in Poland, and they chose to make most of that time in only Polish (no subtitles). Interesting decision, and made me like the film a little less....but up to that point I found this movie rather decently done...
December 3, 2012

Super Reviewer

The story is completely unoriginal and the writing could definitely use some work. The plot is so forced and the characters make awful decisions and the girl characters are painfully obnoxious. Like SO obnoxious. The guy character is the only rational one out of the bunch. All are terrible actors though. They aren't passionate enough. If someone was about to nail a metal bolt into your head, I expect you to do more than just whimper quietly.

It's a really stupid storyline. Nothing that creepy about it considering it's been done 1,000,000,000,000 times before.

I also hated the ending. I hate movies where the writer just has NO clue how the fuck he's going to end the film. He thinks about a bunch of different possible endings, but they all seem stupid/dumb/lame/etc. so in the end he just says "You know what? Let's just say *SPOILER* the town was cursed and that's why everything is happening." Like really? A curse? It would've been better if he had left the audience guessing or actually used some creativity to make a decent ending that didn't suck. I've seen so many movies that just end horribly like this one. Endings like this not only make the film worse, but they show the true laziness of the writers.
November 7, 2011
Japes .

Super Reviewer

2 and a half stars
May 31, 2011
MisterYoda ?

Super Reviewer

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. The Shrine was a film I really wanted to like. I was intrigued by the Netflix description, and had they stuck with that story, maybe this one would have been a winner, unfortunately they didn't. The Shrine starts out by telling us of a student backpacking through Europe, who goes missing in the small town of Alvania, Poland. Some reporters from his hometown get a whiff of the story and start poking around, only to find out that no one in the town is particularly interested in trying to find this kid, that's when the reports decide the only thing they can do is go there and look for him themselves. With films like Saw and The Offspring, the gore was absolutely necessary and added to the story, in The Shrine, it takes away from what was already a pretty good story. The small town was creepy and the story really played to peoples fear of disappearing without a trace, while on vacation. The film may have been a little bit slow moving, but it was very intense and interesting until the last forty-five minutes. That's when it goes demonic and becomes nothing but one bloody body after another. For me, films like the Shrine are the most disappointing of all, because the writers didn't believe in their story and ultimately destroy it in order to get more viewers. The demonic slaughterhouse may have appealed to a larger audience, but it certainly didn't make this a better film.
June 14, 2013

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