Let me tell you, kids: Todd seriously loves him some “Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer”. It’s the go-to movie for anyone who’s looking for an exceptionally hilarious horror/comedy that isn’t somehow connected to either Peter Jackson or Sam Raimi. Not surprisingly, when all four of my eyes fell upon the new trailer for director Jon Knautz’s “The Shrine”, I was immediately and insatiably hooked. American kids missing in the Polish wilderness, you say? Monsters, cults, and ritualistic sacrifice? Sounds like the ideal way to spend a rainy — or sunny — afternoon in the Rigney household. The film is currently making the rounds at the Fantasia Film Festival, an event I hope to one day attend. Dream big, I say. Dream big.
Anyway, a synopsis is ready for your perusal:
After a young American backpacker goes missing in Europe, a group of journalists link his disappearance to a remote village in Poland called Alwainia. Upon further investigation, the journalists discover that Alwainia has a history of bizarre cult activity revolving around human sacrifice. Hell bent on discovering the truth, they travel to the small village, but quickly find themselves pursued by a mysterious group set on killing them. Forced into the gruesome reality of true survival horror, the journalist’s soon discover that Alwainia hides a much darker secret than they could ever imagine.
Special thanks to Shock Till You Drop for the new trailer. If I were a betting man, I’d say “The Shrine” will find its way onto DVD and Blu-ray sometime towards the end of the year.
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