Film / The Shrine

The Shrine is a Canadian horror film released in 2010. Young journalist Carmen, along with her photographer ex-boyfriend Marcus and her intern Sara, travel to an isolated village in Poland, looking to report on the disappearance of several tourists in the region. But there's more awaiting them there than they expected...

This film contains examples of:

  • Bilingual Bonus: A lot of the dialogue is in Polish.
    • With hilariously mangled accents and liberal amounts of Large Ham.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The mystery of the vanished tourists is solved, But Carmen and Sara are dead, and Marcus was forced to let the priests kill the former to vanquish the demon.
  • California Doubling: with Canada doubling for rural Poland, and it shows - among abviously American architecture and things like an umbrella-style clothes line (virtually unheard of in Poland), possibly the most Polish accent was the late 90s Volkswagen Passat the characters drive.
  • Demonic Possession: The tourists - and later Carmen and Sara - were possessed by a bloodthirsty demon, which is why the villagers killed them.
  • Devil, but No God: The demon in Carmen's body makes a variant of this claim.
    Demon Carmen: I have tasted the blood and flesh of fallen angels. Your heaven is a betrayal. There is no redemption.
  • Infant Immortality: Averted in brutal fashion—the demonic Carmen tears his guts out along with his parents.
  • Good All Along: The town priests.
  • Nightmare Face: The Demonic Possession apparently causes its victims to hallucinate these on other people.
  • Sinister Minister: The town priests, though they turn out to be the good guys.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Applies to Carmen mostly. Yes, let's go to a remote village to investigate a missing persons case and NOT TELL ANYONE. Let's also not listen to repeated warnings to turn back and leave. Hey, we should also probably follow that creepy child to a crypt full of coffins.
  • Town with a Dark Secret: The secret being that they're trying to keep an ancient evil contained, not serve it as one might initially think.
  • The Unreveal: How did the demon come to be imprisoned in the statue? Why is the ceremonial headpiece needed as the specific method of killing its hosts? We may never know. Although the new head priest implies that it was some kind of curse inflicted on their lands long ago, and that they can't save its victims any other way than by killing them.