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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Katherine
... Doug
... Ben
... Loren McConnell
... Father Costigan
... Sheriff Cade
... Mayor Brooks
... Jim Wakeman
Yvonne Landry ... Brynn Wakeman
... William Wakeman
Myles Cleveland ... Kyle Wakeman
... Maddie McConnell
Mark Lynch ... Brody McConnell
Stuart Greer ... Gordon
... Isabelle
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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

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The rivers ran red with blood. Darkness fell upon the earth. No one thought this could happen again. Until now. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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

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5 April 2007 (USA)  »

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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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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 »

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Katherine refers to the country of Sudan as "The Sudan." Since she is a missionary and a professor at a major university, it is unlikely that she would make that mistake. See more »

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[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 The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (2008) See more »

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Have You Ever Been Down
Performed by Sippie Wallace
Courtesy of Document Records Ltd.
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What God Hath Wrought: A Very Watchable Film
28 October 2007 | by See all my reviews

Katherine Winter (Hilary Swank), some sort of scientist, is called to a Southern town to explain the onset of their rivers turning into what looks like blood. Although Winter is not religious (she has a very interesting theory about the ten plagues of Egypt that I found fascinating) she starts to become involved in a Biblical scenario anyway when the ten plagues happen one by one.

I remember seeing the trailer for this in the theater and saying to myself how awful this looked. Just really boring and starring Swank, who I have little or no use for. Even the name "The Reaping" I found weak, thinking it could sell more with a death metal name like "Death to the First Born". But, I am pleased to say whatever I thought of the trailer, the actual film was far more enjoyable and while nothing really mind-blowing, it definitely met my needs for a horror film.

Any time you have ten plagues visiting a town, you have a good plot already made out for you -- frogs, blood, insects and more! This story also throws in a crazy religious sect and a town secret, so if you're into cult movies (literally) you will enjoy this more. The plagues, I must say, were done very well -- from the beginning with the river of blood, I felt this film had a good shot of being a winner. I was quite disappointed with the locusts (I can let the fact they're computerized slide, but the animator made it too obvious). Other than that, it's alright...

I guess my only other concern (this is a straight-forward film, so there's not much to discuss) is the religious aspect. Religion and horror go hand in hand. There's the running themes of Christianity actually working (such as "The Exorcist"), Jesus or God being dead ("Hellraiser" and perhaps "30 Days of Night") and your religious fanatics who take God's word in a very bad way.

This film does a mixture of the first and third, and I'm not sure if I really think it works. I mean, it works for the film, but it may not work for me -- you have a horror movie that seems to have the subtle intention of making the viewer believe in God (because an atheist faces God-given plagues). Yet, you have the God in this film being a very unlikable agent (because of the plagues). So, it leaves you with very mixed feelings on whether this is a pro- or anti-religion film. But maybe the less than crystal plot is a good thing.

Anyway, while I had my doubts and I have my concerns and it's not the movie of the year by any means... this is still a good film. I think you'll be pleased with what you see. Talking with others who have seen this one, it seems to get a similar reaction from them: a disposable, yet not worthless, religious-themed horror film. If you've been curious, give it a spin.


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