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Release Date:
10 July 2000 (UK) See more »
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A group of college students break into an abandoned convent and become possessed by demonic spirits. | Add synopsis »
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1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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This movie will nail you- just give it FIVE minutes. See more (80 total) »

Cast

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Joanna Canton ... Clorissa
Richard Trapp ... Frijole
Dax Miller ... Chad (as Jason Dax Miller)

Renée Graham ... Kaitlin

Liam Kyle Sullivan ... Brant

Megahn Perry ... Mo
Jim Golden ... Biff

Chaton Anderson ... Sapphira (as Chaton Itae)

Adrienne Barbeau ... Adult Christine

Kelly Mantle ... Dickie-Boy
David Gunn ... Saul
Oakley Stevenson ... Young Christine

Larrs Jackson ... Father Ryan

Coolio ... Officer Starkey

Bill Moseley ... Officer Ray

Jennifer Buttell ... Lisa

Allison Dunbar ... Davina

Elle Alexander ... Mother Superior

Dorenda Moore ... Nun

Rosine 'Ace' Hatem ... Nun
Theresa Pink ... Nun

Cheryl Bermeo ... Nun (as Cheryl Beremo)

Directed by
Mike Mendez 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Chaton Anderson 

Produced by
Chaton Anderson .... co-producer
Roland Carroll .... executive producer
Ryan Carroll .... executive producer
Neil L. Kaufman .... associate producer
Elliot Metz .... executive producer
Bernard Natalino .... associate producer
Jed Nolan .... producer
Jeremy Rubin .... line producer
Rene Torres .... executive producer
Brian Walker .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Joey Bishara 
Joseph Bishara 
 
Cinematography by
Jason Lowe 
 
Film Editing by
John Rosenberg 
 
Casting by
Jack Phelan 
 
Production Design by
Robert Hummel  (as Robert E. Hummel)
 
Set Decoration by
Beth Wooke 
 
Costume Design by
Linda Duclos 
Kresta Lins 
Tanja Weck 
 
Makeup Department
Mark Alfrey .... special makeup effects artist
Aimee Circosta .... makeup artist
Jane Kelly .... makeup artist
Cale Thomas .... special makeup effects artist
Rebecca Wachtel .... makeup department head
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eduardo Cisneros .... second unit director
Cyndy Johnson .... second assistant director
Brian Walker .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Tad Dennis .... set dresser (as Thomas A. Dennis)
Brian Ferguson .... set dresser
L. Matt Hill .... set dresser
Carol Hummel .... art department coordinator
Kevin Hummel .... set dresser
Ken Weaver .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Scott Brewster .... adr editor
Scott Brewster .... adr recordist
Scott Brewster .... dialogue editor
Reggie McGuire .... dialogue editor
Clive Taylor .... sound mixer
Clive Taylor .... supervising sound editor
Lydian Tone .... sound mixer
Gerald B. Wolfe .... production sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Dean Jones .... special makeup effects
 
Visual Effects by
Robert Chapin .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Elle Alexander .... stunts
Cheryl Bermeo .... stunts
Rosine 'Ace' Hatem .... stunts (as Rose Ace Hatem)
Dorenda Moore .... stunts
Theresa Pink .... stunts
Nick Plantico .... stunt coordinator
Keith Shindoll .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alfredo Denila .... key grip
Jake Devery .... electrician
Eric H. Lasher .... still photographer
Ian Sedensky .... electrician
Sean Tanner .... gaffer
Carrie Urzua .... best boy electric
Isabella Vosmikova .... unit still photographer
William Rick Young .... second unit: key grip
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lorraine Alexis Mahru Toomey .... set costumer (as Lorraine Alexis Mahru)
 
Editorial Department
Christopher Ivins .... second assistant editor
 
Music Department
David Bondelevitch .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Jorge Velasquez .... transportation
Greagrey Waldrop .... transportation coordinator (as Greag Waldrop)
 
Other crew
John Bunzel .... production executive
Robert Henning .... production assistant
Justin W. Hill .... location manager
Neil L. Kaufman .... production associate
Jack W. Larson .... production associate
Bernard Natalino .... production associate
Kacy Palmieri .... production assistant
Gene A. Roepke .... key set production assistant
Mike Tristano .... armorer
 

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Rated R for strong horror violence and gore, and for language, some sexuality and drug content
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79 min | 80 min (uncut)
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Quotes:
Saul:The time is nigh for you to take your first step into darkness, so why don't you take the Dagger of Dispair, you know and plunge into thine virginal heart?
[none of Saul's followers move]
Saul:...Today.
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
This movie will nail you- just give it FIVE minutes., 23 March 2001
Author: zmaturin from Pleasant Valley

As a fan of fun horror movies like "The Evil Dead", "From Beyond", and "Demons" (or even "Sleepaway Camp 2: Unhappy Campers"), I find today's multiplexes a barren wasteland when it comes to frenzied, hilarious, gore-and-violence filled fright flicks. I'm forced to choke down pale simulacrums like "Valentine", "Dracula 2000", and "Urban Legends: Final Cut" in theaters, while voraciously re-watching the Herschell Gordon Lewis/Coffin Joe catalog at home. I'm a sad horror junkie aching for a fix.

That's why viewing "The Convent" in a theater packed with like-minded gore-o-philes was a near orgasmic experience. Finally, a modern horror flick that aims for all the right targets, hitting most of them and shoveling a bucket-load of entertainment down my parched, killer-nun hungry gullet.

"The Convent" tells the tale of some dopey fraternity types breaking into an abandoned nunnery only to encounter carnage-hungry ghouls, fey devil worshippers, and oodles of cool imagery, skin peeling, and decapitations. When's the last time they made a movie about that kind of stuff that wasn't crap? What's even more impressive is that this movie is funny- hilariously so, and on purpose. In fact, not only is "The Coven" better than most recent horror movies, it's funnier than most so-called comedies. I dare anyone with a sick sense of humor not to fall in love with the destined-to-be-legendary flashback scene of evil nuns running amuck through a 1950s Catholic School.

The dialog is great, too (In retrospect, I can think of only one stupid line that made me cringe, concerning saving one's virginity for pasty poser Marylyn Manson) and delivered by a capable, amiable cast who turn stereotypical roles into likable characterizations. I expected to hate the stoner womanizer and the Goth chick lead, but the actors playing them were so good that I ended up loving them. There's even two characters who seem to be straight out of those "Saturday Night Live" Goth Talk sketches, but they are funny and I was actually looking forward to seeing more of them! Throw in Coolio and Bill Mosely (Chop-Top in "Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2") as dope-snatching college cops and Adrienne Barbeau as a legendary DemoNun slayer and you've got an affair to remember!

Yet another thing that endeared me to this flick was the fact that it was obviously made by knowledgeable horror fans, but unlike similar (but far inferior) projects like "The Dead Hate the Living" or "The Dead Next Door" they don't chuck obvious, "aren't-we-cool-wink-wink" genre references at you. "The Convent" has got subtle references to "The Beyond", "Zombie", and others I'm sure I missed, plus, a "Sixteen Candles" gag! What more could you ask for?

Well, I would've asked for more gore. Except for the numerous, outstanding beheadings (and subsequent squirting neck stumps), most of the demon-attacks are shot in a shaky-cam, distorted style that makes it hard to see the details. If I was prone to cliches, I might use the words "hyper-kinetic" or "frenetic" to describe the film's style, but I'm not, so I won't. Still, this movie has much more splat-sticky maulings than any other flick on the market today, and the demon make-up is unique and creative. This movie even makes day-glow colors look cool (something Joel Schumaker couldn't do despite his huge "Batman & Robin" budget). Another minor complaint is that the movie is almost too fast paced and seems hurried and choppy in places. The kick-ass opening scene (in which a gal blows away some pious puss-faces to the chords of Lesley's Gore's immortal "You Don't Own Me") is edited like a movie trailer, and the film's climax seems rushed. Instead of a slam-bang explosive finale we're treated to some indecipherable computer effects that seem to be inserted as a placeholder until real effects became available. But those are minor caveats. Sure, this is no "Dead Alive" or "Re-Animator", but it is superior to most other recent horror offerings in every department- script, cast, make-up effects, you name it.

The fact that this momentous motion picture cannot find a national theatrical distributor proves how out of touch some movie studios are with horror fans. I'm sure no dime would be spared to promote another brain-dead "I Know What You Did Last Summer" sequel. So catch this movie wherever and whenever you can, preferably in a theater full of people. You'll be oh so glad you did.

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