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The Reaping (2007)

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A former Christian missionary, who specializes in debunking religious phenomena, investigates a small town which seems to be suffering from the 10 biblical plagues.

Director:

Stephen Hopkins

Writers:

Carey W. Hayes (screenplay), Chad Hayes (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hilary Swank ... Katherine
David Morrissey ... Doug
Idris Elba ... Ben
AnnaSophia Robb ... Loren McConnell
Stephen Rea ... Father Costigan
William Ragsdale ... Sheriff Cade
John McConnell ... Mayor Brooks
David Jensen ... Jim Wakeman
Yvonne Landry ... Brynn Wakeman
Samuel Garland ... William Wakeman
Myles Cleveland Myles Cleveland ... Kyle Wakeman
Andrea Frankle ... Maddie McConnell
Mark Lynch Mark Lynch ... Brody McConnell
Stuart Greer Stuart Greer ... Gordon
Lara Grice ... Isabelle
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Storyline

The death of a child in mysterious circumstances sparks a series of events that seem to represent biblical plagues, which start occurring in, of all places, a town called "Haven" that is located deep in the bowels of Bible belt country in the bayous of Louisiana. A former Christian missionary turned religious phenomena debunker and her top open minded student turned personal assistant are sent to investigate. Written by suspicious

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Eighth Plague: Locusts See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, disturbing images and some sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

5 April 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Prueba de fe See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,025,203, 6 April 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$25,117,498, 3 June 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$62,771,059, 14 October 2007
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

While Katherine and Ben are at Doug's house the first night for dinner, Katherine drinks "Purple Haze" beer. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film, when they claim to be in Concepción, Chile, the accent used by the city's population is clearly Central American, not Chilean. See more »

Quotes

[on killing Loren]
[Katherine throws the knife onto the ground]
Katherine Winter: You do it.
[Doug picks up the knife but doesn't use it]
Katherine Winter: You can't do it, can you? Because you already tried and she survived.
Doug Blackwell: No, that's not true.
Katherine Winter: [beginning to get upset] You deceived me so I would murder her. This... this innocent child.
[helps Loren to her feet and into her arms]
Doug Blackwell: She's not innocent, Katherine.
[signals fire]
[...]
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Crazy Credits

The opening logos are unique and blend into one another: a red Warner Bros. logo crumbles into dust to reveal a pink-tinted Village Roadshow Pictures logo, which in turn is obscured by clouds that part to reveal the Dark Castle Entertainment logo. See more »

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Referenced in At the Movies: The Worst of 2007 (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Poor Black Mattie
Written by R.L. Burnside (as Robert L. Burnside)
Performed by R.L. Burnside
Courtesy of M.C. Records
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a promising beginning....
27 April 2008 | by MLDinTNSee all my reviews

but fails in the end. The plot for this film sounded good to me. A debunker of miracles, Katherine, investigates a small town that appears to be experiencing the 10 plagues of the Pharohs. I thought the movie was very good at the beginning. The mysterious bloody river and the death of a young boy right before it turned red. And the townsfolk seem to be saying a young girl, Loren, is the one causing the plagues. Katherine with the help of her colleague, Ben, and local Doug collects samples from the river and dying livestock. When the results come back that it's real human blood, I thought wow, this is getting good. But at the point when some of the locals go out to hunt down Loren and the attack of the locust, the movie gets silly. The once good plot just goes stereotypical Hollywood with the twist at the end and whom is really the bad guy. And how does Katherine know they are all first born. The plot holes begin to creep in.

It's like the writer knew this was a good idea for a story, but didn't know how to finish it so just put in a lot of explosions and a very silly conclusion.

FINAL VERDICT: If you like horror films, you may to check this out but expect to be disappointed.


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