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SIN REAPER
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Sebastian Bartolitius

Starring:
Helen Mutch
Hazuki Kato
Patrick J Thomas
Lance Henriksen


Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
Sam is a girl afflicted by horrible visions. She decides to go poking around her family tree, and discovers that it traces back to an old German convent. Naturally, she decides to travel there and break into the place, until the Sin Reaper (a masked monk character) just starts killing everyone around her.
Is it good movie?
For those of you who are jumping into this one to check out Lance Henriksen, you should pretty much skip it. He's in it for about two scenes as Sam's psychiatrist, who advises her to confront her fears. That's about it. Henriksen fans, keep moving on. As for those of us who are still left, we get..a pretty typical and ultimately pretty lame slasher/supernatural horror flick.

I'll get the good stuff out of the way right off the bat. This is a well-shot flick that has atmosphere to spare. Shot on location in Germany, this flick features a ton of creepy old architecture that shines well throughout the movie and becomes a sort of character all its own. There's a load of ancient castles, monasteries and other buildings that really add to the character of the film. It's also sort of cool that the flick features a varied international cast, but besides lead Helen Mutch, they're not overly great. As for the Sin Reaper himself, he looks pretty cool, design-wise (and sports a cool weapon, although it's really silly). Gore effects are pretty good here as well- I won't spoil it but those of you who like it vicious will be in for a couple of good visual treats.

As for the not-so-good, well there's a fair amount of that poking around too. The story tries to be mysterious and enigmatic, but the movie doesn't do a great job of trying to build it up. You'll either see the forest through the trees almost right away, or you're just not paying attention. The narrative here just doesn't let the viewer figure anything out with any sense of mystery. Instead, Sin Reaper manages to insult the viewer at most every turn. Yeah, this is one of those head-smackingly stupid movies where you'll be wondering how some of these situations could ever happen, and how some characters could possibly be as dumb as they are. The film's pacing is a little off as well, which kind of dulls things down.

If you're in the mood for some low budget horror that's good for a few laughs and is ultimately totally forgettable, Sin Reaper might just be for you. From what I understand, the movie's meant to be watched in 3D, though I don't really see how this would benefit from that. The scenery looks pretty nice, but the plot itself is fairly laughable. If you need to see some well-intentioned people getting killed because of a "dark secret" from someone's past, check this out.


Video / Audio
N/A screener
The Extras
A trailer was included on my screener.
Last Call
Just so long as you know what you're getting into, Sin Reaper might provide a bit of independent entertainment. It's ultimately fairly forgettable though, coming off a bit formulaic and more than a bit foolish. Killer monks in Germany up your alley? Dig into Sin Reaper- just don't expect any new ground to be broken (or much Lance Henriksen).
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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