Sunday, July 18, 2010

Pagan Rites Performed in this Clip for Jon Knautz's Demonic Film The Shrine

You really have to respect a village for sticking with Paganism 1400 years after variations of this religion have basically gone out of fashion. Paganism is a blanket term used to cover many Eastern European before the emergence of Christianity. Paganism is one of the themes within director Jon Knautz's (Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer) Canadian horror film The Shrine, which will have a World Premiere at Montreal's Fantasia July 25th. The film will have one showing at the film festival and The Shrine, unsurprisingly, shows a "pagan-looking shrine," (Fantasia) where the Polish locals hold Pagan rites for mysterious demons. The trailer for the film is fantastic and the clip shows more of the religious rites performed by these ancient worshipers, below.

The synopsis for The Shrine here:

"The story has a small group of American journalists embarks to a remote Polish village in search of (the likely remains of) a U.S. backpacker who vanished off the face of the Earth.

His disappearance has been linked to the distant village in question, and the journalists arrive hoping to find answers. Answers they will get, and it’s not going to be pretty. Because the shadowy village of Alwaina is a place of very old, very terrible secrets, and of even worse cultural traditions.


It begins when the reporters uncover a pagan-looking shrine surrounded by a mysterious fog that hangs frozen in the air, unmoving and deathly. This rouses the already somewhat hostile locals fully against them. Things take an even more sinister turn towards the demonic, pitting our heroes against inconceivable, unforgiving terrors that begin to emerge throughout the village.

Release Date: July 25th (One Night Only, World Premiere).

Director: Jon Knautz.

Writers: Brendan Moore, Trevor Matthews, and Jon Knautz.

Cast: Cindy Sampson, Aaron Ashmore, Trevor Matthews, Laura DeCarteret, Ben Lewis, Monica Bugajski, Connor Stanhope, Paulino Nunes, Jasmin Geljo, Danijel Mandic and Meghan Heffern.

Producers: J. Michael Dawson, and Trevor Matthews.

The trailer for The Shrine here:

The Shrine
at Fantasia:

The Shrine at Fantasia

The Shrine's homepage:

The Shrine Homepage

Director Jon Knautz's previous film:

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