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The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.

For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Priest can be found here.

When the family of Priest's (Paul Bettany) brother Owen Pace (Stephen Moyer) is attacked by vampires, his wife Shannon (Mädchen Amick) killed, and their daughter Lucy (Lily Collins) abducted, Priest disobeys Monseignor Orelas (Christopher Plummer) and goes against church law to find Lucy before she is turned into a vampire. Aided by Lucy's boyfriend Sheriff Hicks (Cam Gigandet) and the Priestess (Maggie Q), the three follow Lucy's trail and come mano-a-mano against Black Hat (Karl Urban), an ex-priest who was captured by vampires and turned into a 'human vampire' by the vampire queen herself.

Priest is based on a Korean manhwa (graphic novel series), also titled Priest, by Hyung Min-Woo. An interview with Hyung in Priest: Volume 3 states that the comic was inspired by the video game Blood, The manhwa was adapted for the screen by Cory Goodman.

Priest is set in a post-apocalyptic alternate world in which vampires and humans have been warring for centuries. Facing extinction, mankind withdrew behind walled cities under the protection of the church. As its ultimate weapon, the church trained 'priests' with extraordinary powers in the art of vampire combat. The majority of the vampires were killed, the remaining vampires placed in reservations, and the warrior priests assimilated back into society where they disappeared into obscurity.

The train carrying Lucy and the vampire army continues to speed toward Jericho. While Priestess rushes ahead on her motorbike in an attempt to set a bomb and blow up the train, Priest and Hicks search the train for Lucy, battling vampires along the way. Hicks stops them by shooting holes in the ceiling, allowing the sunlight to pour in on them. 'You would have made a good Priest,' Priest compliments him. Hicks find Lucy, but Black Hat manages to knock him off the train. He then nails Priest to the wall, set the cabin on fire, and escapes with Lucy to the top of the train. Priest manages to break free and goes after them. As they run along the top of the train, they notice Priestess heading straight for them on her motorbike, which she has outfitted with the explosives. As the motorbike and train begin to explode, she jumps off the bike. At the same time, Lucy and Priest leap off the train, and it blows to bits, killing Black Hat and his entire vampire army. Priest returns to Cathedral City where Orelas is holding a church service. He tosses a severed vampire head at Orelas' feet, angering him into denying that there are any more vampires left. 'The war is over,' Orelas shouts. As Priest walks out the door, he replies, 'No, it's just beginning.' In the final scene, he heads out into the wasteland on his motorbike. He stops to talk with Priestess, who informs him that the other Priests will rendez-vous with him at Seven Cities.

Designed for a low rating (no nudity, one F-bomb), the action scenes in Priest were pretty close to an R-Rating . To assure the PG-13, some minor modifications of the images and the audio needed to be made, just like the MPAA demanded. In a couple of scenes, the CG blood has been reduced and colored differently. Furthermore, some obvious noises during the process of stabbing or some bones that get broken have been removed from the audio track. The fact that brutal stabbing itself is fine with the MPAA, as long as is doesn't SOUND that gruesome, made the director wonder. A detailed comparison between both versions with pictures can be found here.


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