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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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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
Chaton Anderson (story)

Chaton Anderson (screenplay)

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
Joseph Bishara 
Cinematography by
Jason Lowe (director of photography)
Film Editing by
John Rosenberg 
Casting by
Jack Phelan 
Production Design by
Robert Hummel  (as Robert E. Hummel)
Art Direction by
Paul Braccili 
Set Decoration by
Beth Wooke (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Linda Duclos  (as Linda DuClos)
Kresta Lins 
Tanja Weck 
Makeup Department
Howie Adams .... makeup effects artist
Aimee Circosta .... first assistant hair stylist
Aimee Circosta .... first assistant makeup artist
Dean Jones .... special makeup effects artist
Jane Kelly .... key makeup artist: additional crew
Karen Palter .... assistant hair stylist: additional crew
Karen Palter .... assistant makeup artist: additional crew
Kelly Sturges .... second assistant hair stylist
Kelly Sturges .... second assistant makeup artist
Cale Thomas .... makeup effects artist
Rebecca Wachtel .... key makeup artist
Mark Alfrey .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Production Management
D. Axelrod .... production supervisor
John Bunzel .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matthew Bordofsky .... second assistant director (as Matt Bordofsky)
Eduardo Cisneros .... second unit director (as Eduardo Cismeros)
Michael R. Holm .... first assistant director: second unit (as Michael Holm)
Cyndy Johnson .... second assistant director: additional crew
Pierre Lorillard .... first assistant director: additional crew
Chris Palzis .... first assistant director: second unit
Brian Walker .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Micah Auerbach .... art production assistant: additional crew (as Mikah Auerbach)
Garrett Bradley .... set dresser (as Garrett M. Bradley)
John Cato .... set dresser (as John Cato)
Tad Dennis .... set dresser (as Thomas A. Dennis)
Emily Heller .... set dresser
L. Matt Hill .... on-set dresser
Aaron Hummel .... scenic artist
Kevin Hummel .... art assistant
Chris Pye .... art director: additional crew
George Romero .... swing: additional crew
Ken Weaver .... set dresser: additional crew
Sonia Wisgo .... art production assistant
Beth Wooke .... property master
Brian Ferguson .... set dresser (uncredited)
Carol Hummel .... art department coordinator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Ryan Callaway .... boom operator
Giovanni Di Simone .... boom operator: additional crew (as Giovanni DiSimone)
Madeleine Garai .... sound coordinator
Chris Leplus .... sound mixer: additional crew (as Chris H. Leplus)
Chris Leplus .... sound mixer: second unit (as Chris H. Leplus)
Reggie McGuire .... dialogue editor
Joe O'Connor .... boom operator: second unit
Bill Seaman .... foley artist
Clive Taylor .... sound designer
Clive Taylor .... sound re-recording mixer
Lydian Tone .... sound re-recording mixer
Gerald B. Wolfe .... sound mixer
Scott Brewster .... adr editor (uncredited)
Scott Brewster .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Scott Brewster .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
George Phillips .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Jenny Behnke .... visual effects artist
Robert Chapin .... visual effects supervisor
Nicolle Gray .... visual effects artist
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
Eduardo Cisneros .... director of photography: second unit (as Eduardo Cismeros)
Kelly A. Cummings .... first assistant camera: "b" camera, additional crew
Alfredo Denila .... key grip (as Alfredo S. Denila III)
Jake Devery .... electrician
Peter Enneking .... best boy electric
Peter Enneking .... gaffer: second unit
Marco Fargnoli .... first assistant camera
Steve Francis .... electrician: additional crew
Max Goldman .... second assistant camera
Bryan G. Haigh .... second assistant camera: additional crew (as Brian G. Haight)
Paul A. Hardiman .... gaffer: additional crew (as Paul Hardiman)
Ted Kennedy .... grip
Seth Kotok .... first assistant camera
Seth Kotok .... first assistant camera: additional crew
Eric H. Lasher .... still photographer (as Eric Lasher)
Cynthia Lester .... camera production assistant: "b" camera
Carlos Lopez Calleja .... first assistant camera: second unit (as Carlos Lopez-Calleja)
Alyosha Mattei .... best boy grip: additional crew (as Osha Mattel)
Sean McArthur .... grip
Alan Morier .... electrician
Dorian Nell .... loader
Jacob Pinger .... key grip: additional crew (as S. Jacob Pinger)
Vivian Shu .... camera intern: additional crew
Wayne E. Smith .... best boy grip (as Wayne Smith)
Michael Strode .... second assistant camera: second unit (as Michael T. Strode)
Sean Tanner .... gaffer
Carrie Urzua .... best boy electric
Isabella Vosmikova .... still photographer
Paul Yen .... best boy electric: additional crew
William Rick Young .... key grip: second unit (as Rick Young)
Ian Sedensky .... electrician (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cassandra Conners .... costume supervisor: additional crew
Lorraine Alexis Mahru Toomey .... set costumer: additional crew (as Lorraine Mahru)
Editorial Department
Joyce Brand .... assistant editor
Christopher Ivins .... editorial intern
Christopher Ivins .... second assistant editor
John Rosenberg .... post-production producer
Dana Ross .... color timer
Music Department
David Bondelevitch .... music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Tom Calzia .... transportation captain
Junior .... driver
Alex Morales .... transportation captain: additional crew
George Romero .... driver: additional crew
Blake Steelgrave .... transportation coordinator: additional crew
Travis .... driver
Greagrey Waldrop .... transportation coordinator (as Greag Waldrop)
Jorge Velasquez .... transportation (uncredited)
Other crew
Robert Baker .... assistant coordinator: additional crew
John Blue .... set medic
Mark 'Quin' Cabalquinto .... key set production assistant: additional crew (as Mark Quin)
Bruce Chudacoff .... location manager: additional crew (as Bruce Gary)
Jason H. Clark .... location assistant: additional crew (as Jason Clark)
Greg Cozine .... executive in charge of finance
Betty Gurule .... craft service: additional crew (as Betty Gurule')
Phil Hammond .... production accountant (as Phil 'P.K.' Hammond)
Robert Henning .... production assistant
Neil L. Kaufman .... production associate: Alpine Pictures (as Neil Kaufman)
Matt Krupke .... weapons handler (as Matt Kruepke)
Jack W. Larson .... production associate: Alpine Pictures (as Jack Larson)
Synthia Learned .... script supervisor
Sylvie Madore .... production coordinator
Antonio Magaña .... production assistant (as Tony Magana)
Michele Meyer .... assistant coordinator
Bernard Natalino .... production associate: Alpine Pictures (as Bernard Natatlino)
Narciso Natera .... production accountant
Joseph O'Connor .... production assistant
Kacy Palmieri .... production assistant (as Kim Tracy Palmieri)
Ron Pogue .... production assistant: additional crew
Amy Reiss .... production assistant: additional crew
Gene A. Roepke .... key set production assistant (as Gene Roepke)
Joseph Ruggieri .... production assistant: additional crew
Tracy Scott .... assistant coordinator: additional crew
Tracy Scott .... script supervisor: additional crew
Ryan Simmons .... production assistant
Rene Torres .... executive: Alpine International
Mike Tristano .... armorer
Jessica Wilson .... script supervisor: second unit
Richard Wydro .... production assistant
Justin W. Hill .... location manager (uncredited)

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Rated R for strong horror violence and gore, and for language, some sexuality and drug content
79 min | 80 min (uncut)
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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]
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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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