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(2011), PG-13 [R-13*] (1hr 19.9min)

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August 23, 2011
August 26, 2011

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2011), PG-13 [R-13*]

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Buckaroo Entertainment, Michael De Luca Productions, Screen Gems, Stars Road Entertainment, TOKYOPOP
Distribution (US): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment DVD
Director(s): Scott Charles Stewart
Producer(s): Josh Bratman, Shareena Carlson, Michael De Luca, Joshua Donen, Glenn S. Gainor, Steve Galloway, Stuart J. Levy, Mitchell Peck, Nicolas Stern
Written by: Dory Goodman
Novel by: Min-Woo Hyung
Cinematography/Camera: Don Burgess
Music: Christopher Young
Film Editing: Lisa Zeno Churgin
Casting: Rick Montgomery
Production Design: Richard Bridgland
Art Direction: Andrew Max Cahn, A. Todd Holland, Christa Munro
Viewed on Sony Pictures Home Entertainment DVD

There is not much to say about this film other than it is about a group of priests to hunt down and kill vampires who have broken out of their reservations.

The Priest (Paul Bettany) was one of a group of elite warriors that hunted down and killed vampires. So successful were the warriors that vampire existence is now controlled by the church and they live on reservations. There is no longer any need for the warriors so they have been decommissioned and now live in obscurity trying to make an honest day's living.

The Priest's brother, Owen Pace (Stephan Moyer) and his family, Shannon (Mädchen Amick) and Lucy (Lily Collins), live in a shack until one day a horde of vampires attack the family, kill Shannon and kidnap Lucy. Once word of Lucy's kidnapping gets to the Priest he decides to come out of retirement, violate the orders of the church and go get his niece.

There is no benefit in summarizing the plot and story beyond what I have above. This paper-thin story can be predicted with a fairly high degree of accuracy. It is a fill-in-the-blanks feature.


Following are brief discussions of the content per individual CAP investigation area. As always the Findings section of this report is the best source for discovering the full accounting of the content of this film.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
Intensely filled with violence, this film is beyond any shadow of doubt equivalent to the violence content in most R-rated films. Blood. Gore. Murder. Beast battles. It just more of the same. Over and over.

This is the perfect example of God's warning in Proverbs 16:29 which warns us that violence is "catching" and can proselytize the viewer, especially the PG-13 age stratum, into believing violence is an effective way to settle conflict. Even man has plagiarized God's Wisdom by four professional public health agencies jointly publishing findings that warn of viewing violence in and as entertainment can lead youth into real life violence.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 18 out of 100
Thirteen times someone utters some form of profanity, including one use of the most foul of the foul words. [Col. 3:8, Eph, 5:4] Lucy shows arrogance toward her parents. [Exod. 20:12] Lucy is held hostage by the vampires.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 89 out of 100
As a device to suggest sexual activity, the writers have Lucy finishing buttoning her blouse after returning from town. In an animated sequence a female character is dressed in a spray-on outfit. The Priest is offered sexual favor from one of the other priests. [Hebr. 13:4]

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 96 out of 100
Only one glass of alcoholic beverage is seen.

Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
The total content applicable to this investigation area is too vast to even discuss it summarily here. Please look to the listing in the Findings section for an accounting of the unholy content.

Murder/Suicide (M) - 15 out of 100
Murder by vampires is rampant. Murder by gunfire. Murder by crucifixion. Murder by gorging. What more needs to be said?


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  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good. [The issue is the violence, the 'way that is not good' no matter how "small" or "fantasy" or "justified" the violence might seem, and its "leading" effect on the observer. "A violent man" can be any character of any age, any gender, human or not in the act of committing (demonstrating in the case of entertainment) violent behavior/action whether for good or evil OR the violent behaviors/actions themselves. Such exposure can and does embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. It took years for the American professional health community to finally affirm, probably without knowing it, that which God told us in 1 Cor. 15:33 below. See also Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children: Congressional Public Health Summit for more information. Their findings include: Children who see a lot of violence are more likely to view violence as an effective way of settling conflicts. Children exposed to violence are more likely to assume the acts of violence are acceptable behavior. Viewing violence can lead to emotional desensitization towards violence in real life. It can decease the likelihood that one will take action on behalf of a victim when Entertainment violence feeds a perception that the world is a violent and mean place. Viewing violence increases fear of becoming a victim of violence, with a resultant increase in self-protective behavior and a mistrust of others. Viewing violence may lead to real life violence. Children exposed to violent programming at a young age have a higher tendency for violent and aggressive behavior later in life than children who are not so exposed. Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV.]
  • Exod. 20:12 Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off [rid yourself of] all these; anger, wrath, malice [kakia: ill-will, desire to injure, wickedness, depravity, evil, trouble, not ashamed to break laws, etc.], blasphemy [blasphemia: impious and reproachful speech injurious to divine majesty], filthy communication [aischrologia:foul speaking, low and obscene speech] out of your mouth.
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • Hebr. 13:4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure [which includes before AND during marriage AND gender], for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. [Whether we believe it or not. Whether we like it or not. Whether we care or not.]

    Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry

  • Jer. 37:9 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not!
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend what is vile, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it.]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    Priest (2011) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
  • beast attacks with deaths, repeatedly
  • animated gore, repeatedly
  • animated military warfare
  • sounds of beat attack with sounds of flesh ripping
  • multiple assaults with likely deaths
  • chicken slaughter gore, repeatedly
  • blood on window
  • decayed human remains after murder
  • defensive axe killing
  • action violence of varying intensity with defensive killings, gore and body parts
  • knife impalement, repeatedly
  • threat with knife
  • scenes of skulls (images of death), repeatedly
  • beast killing gore
  • blood trial, repeatedly
  • abduction of teen gir

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 18 out of 100
  • 12 uses of profanity
  • one use of the most foul of the foul words
  • teen arrogance at parent, twice
  • mass conditioning of the people, repeatedly
  • "snake oil" salesman lying
  • holding teen girl hostage

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 89 out of 100
  • teen sexual expression
  • animated dressing to maximize the female form
  • offer of sex

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 96 out of 100
  • booze, once

    Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
  • 3 uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive and once with it
  • "There has always been man and there have always been vampires"
  • flashes of beast attacks
  • using church authority and a control weapon
  • making God appear dark and sinister
  • vampirism throughout
  • claim that nature made the vampires as they are
  • beast attacks of varying intensities, repeatedly
  • long sequence of battle with beasts with gore and amputations
  • human flesh shrinking and decaying
  • impossible physical feats
  • "If you're not committing sin you're not having fun"
  • scenes of gore from demons gorging
  • vampire comment of wanting what the righteous have: freedom to be "themselves"

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 15 out of 100
  • gunfire murder
  • vampire murder of humans, repeatedly, some with gore, some intense
  • long sequence of many human murdered by beasts
  • vampire ripping human heart out
  • three crucifixion murders

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    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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