Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
Patrick J Thomas
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
A trailer was included on my screener.
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).