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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 »
1 nomination. See more awards »

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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

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film portrays the city of Concepción, Chile, as a warm, tropical, Third World small town. This caused a furor in Concepción, with people walking out of the theaters and others calling for authorities to ban the movies. See more »

Goofs

When they are leaving the church/school, Ben tells David that lice are the fifth plague (and holds up as many fingers). Gnats/Lice are actually the third plague as told in Exodus. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Family Guy: Not All Dogs Go to Heaven (2009) 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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Interesting...
5 April 2007 | by rivertam26See all my reviews

THE REAPING:Warner Bros./Dark Castle/Village Roadshow 2007 color 99 m Horror-Thriller Hilary Swak, Stephen Rea, Anna Sophia Robb, Idris Elba and David Morrisey star. Written by Carey and chad hayes Directed by Stephen Hopkins Rated R for strong language, violence, gore and sexuality.

I'm not quite sure why Warner shelved this film for so long. That said The Reaping is one of the most original horror films in years and packs a surprising punch in its finale. Hilary Swank stars as Katherine Winter a woman who debunks supposed miracles all around the world. After hearing about a town being infected with the biblical plagues she comes over to scientifically explain the strange events. But as she is drawn into the mystery of the town, its people and a mysterious little girl secrets are revealed as the apocalypse draws near. And there's a lot more going on than that. The film is extremely complex and multi layered, it's chaotic and even a bit confusing at times but when the final revelations come together it's well worth your thought process. Swank is of course sensational in the lead she gives Katherine an heir of disbelief and confidence. Her swagger alone carries the film through it's rough patches. Anna Sophia Robb coming off the under rated Bridge to terebithia is wonderfully spooky as the mysterious child and the rest of the cast is filled out nicely by Idris Elba, Stephen Rea and the sexy David Morrisey. The direction from Hopkins is surprisingly unique and inventive that goes as well for the screenplay from the Hayes brothers. The film is far from perfect, the spfx tend to be a bit cheesy and the film seems a little muddled and unfinished in parts. But what the film ultimately succeeds at is in its originality. I've seen a lot of horror films and I've never seen something like this. It's pretty unpredicatable and infinatly interesting. It also is smart and handles it's subject matter surprisingly well playing it straight. The cinematography is complimentary and matches the film it's fills the film with dreamlike arches of landscape and a mood of eminent danger. The score like the recent premonition matches the film chaotically in a weird way making every scene seem much more intense than it actually is. This is a smart movie and has a lot going on it. At 99 mins. it feels a lot longer especially after you've made all of the films discoveries. It's a rare thing these days to be blown away by something so creative, don't miss The Reaping!


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