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Priest (2011)

PG-13 | | Action, Fantasy, Horror | 13 May 2011 (USA)
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A priest disobeys church law to track down the vampires who kidnapped his niece.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Monsignor Orelas
Shannon Pace
Joel Polinsky ...
Dr. Tomlin


PRIEST, a post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller, is set in an alternate world -- one ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampires. The story revolves around a legendary Warrior Priest from the last Vampire War who now lives in obscurity among the other downtrodden human inhabitants in walled-in dystopian cities ruled by the Church. When his niece is abducted by a murderous pack of vampires, Priest breaks his sacred vows to venture out on a quest to find her before they turn her into one of them. He is joined on his crusade by his niece's boyfriend, a trigger-fingered young wasteland sheriff, and a former Warrior Priestess who possesses otherworldly fighting skills. Written by Screen Gems

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The War is Eternal. His Mission is Just the Beginning. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, disturbing images and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 May 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Priest - El vengador  »

Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£396,038 (UK) (6 May 2011)


$29,136,626 (USA) (17 June 2011)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Stephen Moyer did this film between seasons of playing a vampire in True Blood (2008). See more »


In many scenes, the cross on Priest's face, which is supposed to be a tattoo, is wiped off from the end of his nose and reappears as a full cross. One of the most noticeable moments in a short time span is at the Nightshade Reservation. Priest has one of the familiars pinned to the ground and when the camera focuses on his face, the end of the cross has been wiped off. Camera switches back to the familiar who points to the sky and when Priest turns to face the sun, the cross is fully drawn on again. See more »


Black Hat: [With an evil smirk] After all, if you're not committing sin... you're not having fun.
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Referenced in TruInside: Bridesmaids (2016) See more »


Mozart: 3. Sequentia: Dies irae (Requiem in D minor, K. 626)
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Berliner Philharmoniker - Conductor Herbert von Karajan, Organ: Rudolf Scholz, Choir: Wiener Singverein, Chorus Master: Helmuth Froschauer
Courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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User Reviews

Beautifully stark
14 May 2011 | by (San Diego, CA) – See all my reviews

I loved Priest. It was a visually stunning piece of art, very beautiful even in the post-apocalyptic world in which it was set. Each scene was thoughtfully composed and really pulled you into the film... even without that annoying 3D. (I saw it in 2D and completely loved every second.) I've never read the comics so I didn't have any preconceived notions about what I'd be getting into. The film's composition, pace, story, and overall look are what drew me in, the characters kept me there. Sure there were a few "surprises" that weren't really surprises, but that's only because I don't think they were intended to be surprises to the audience, only to other characters.

Karl Urban is awesome (all the time, not just in Priest ;)) and Paul Bettany is a quiet, understated hero in the title role. Even the music was gorgeous.

Highly recommended. =D

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