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COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: 'The Reverend' Review

Created: 02/19/2014 2:24 PM KSTP.com
By: Aaron Chalich

I always find it interesting in horror films when a character like a Priest or Reverend is turned into something evil.  You think of these characters as spiritual and holy and that they could never be possessed by a demon or turned into a vampire.

I find these types of films more terrifying because there are no rules, and you never know what will happen next.

I just finished watching an on-line screener of Level 33 Entertainment’s “The Reverend.”  I really enjoyed it a lot, and I thought it was very entertaining.

“The Reverend” was written and directed by Neil Jones and stars Stuart Brennan(“Risen”), Tamer Hassan(“Batman Begins”), Doug Bradley (“Hellraiser”) and Rutger Hauer (“Blade Runner”).

Stuart Brennan plays a Reverend that has just moved into a small town, and one night, a woman shows up at his church.  He tries to help the woman, and she turns into a vampire and bites him.  The Reverend becomes a vampire himself and has a thirst for blood.  He eventually meets a man named Harold Hicks (Tamer Hassan) and he tells the Reverend that he is the “landlord” of the town, and that it’s a very dangerous place because of all the crime and drugs.  The Reverend decides to use his new powers for good and things get very interesting.

I really thought the story was awesome, and that it was a new and fresh idea for a vampire film.

“The Reverend” has a very dark and depressing feel to it as you are watching it because there were not many scenes that were shot in the day.  Most of the story takes place at night so there are a lot shadows and darkly lit shots.

The special effects were good and looked pretty real.   There is a lot of blood and some gore.  When the Reverend bites someone, blood runs everywhere. 

One interesting things is that after the Reverend is done drinking his victim’s blood, their body explodes into flames and disappears.

My only complaint about “The Reverend” is that it does move a little slow at some points in the film, but all of the action and intense scenes make up for this.

One thing that I thought was great about “The Reverend” was that Doug Bradley was in it.  He played “Pinhead” in the “Hellraiser” movies.  I really enjoy his acting, and I met him a few years ago at Crypticon in Minneapolis.  He is one of the nicest people, and that really makes me appreciate his acting a lot more.

I really enjoyed Level 33 Entertainment’s “The Reverend” a lot.  I thought the story was great and the movie is very entertaining.  I really liked how the Reverend becomes a crime fighting vampire.  I hope they make a sequel, because I really enjoyed this film a lot, and I know that horror fans will feel the same way.

“The Reverend” is not rated.

Aaron Chalich is a KSTP.com entertainment columnist.

Photo courtesy of Level 33 Entertainment

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