5.7/10
113,219
273 user 202 critic

Priest (2011)

PG-13 | | Action, Horror, Thriller | 13 May 2011 (USA)
Trailer
1:23 | Trailer
A priest disobeys church law to track down the vampires who kidnapped his niece.

Director:

Scott Stewart

Writers:

Cory Goodman, Min-Woo Hyung (graphic novel series "Priest")
Reviews
Popularity
2,885 ( 173)
3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Bettany ... Priest
Karl Urban ... Black Hat
Cam Gigandet ... Hicks
Maggie Q ... Priestess
Lily Collins ... Lucy Pace
Brad Dourif ... Salesman
Stephen Moyer ... Owen Pace
Christopher Plummer ... Monsignor Orelas
Alan Dale ... Monsignor Chamberlain
Mädchen Amick ... Shannon Pace
Jacob Hopkins ... Boy
Dave Florek Dave Florek ... Crocker
Joel Polinsky Joel Polinsky ... Dr. Tomlin
Josh Wingate ... Familiar
Jon Braver ... Familiar
Learn more

More Like This 

Legion (2010)
Action | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

When a group of strangers at a dusty roadside diner come under attack by demonic forces, their only chance for survival lies with an archangel named Michael, who informs a pregnant waitress that her unborn child is humanity's last hope.

Director: Scott Stewart
Stars: Paul Bettany, Dennis Quaid, Charles S. Dutton
Daybreakers (2009)
Action | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In the year 2019, a plague has transformed almost every human into vampires. Faced with a dwindling blood supply, the fractured dominant race plots their survival; meanwhile, a researcher works with a covert band of vamps on a way to save humankind.

Directors: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig
Stars: Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill
Action | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, discovers vampires are planning to take over the United States. He makes it his mission to eliminate them.

Director: Timur Bekmambetov
Stars: Benjamin Walker, Rufus Sewell, Dominic Cooper
Action | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

As his kingdom is being threatened by the Turks, young prince Vlad Tepes must become a monster feared by his own people in order to obtain the power needed to protect his own family, and the families of his kingdom.

Director: Gary Shore
Stars: Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper, Sarah Gadon
Underworld (2003)
Action | Fantasy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Selene, a vampire warrior, is entrenched in a conflict between vampires and werewolves, while falling in love with Michael, a human who is sought by werewolves for unknown reasons.

Director: Len Wiseman
Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Shane Brolly
Action | Fantasy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An origins story centered on the centuries-old feud between the race of aristocratic vampires and their onetime slaves, the Lycans.

Director: Patrick Tatopoulos
Stars: Rhona Mitra, Michael Sheen, Bill Nighy
Action | Fantasy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Picking up directly from the previous movie, vampire warrior Selene and the half werewolf Michael hunt for clues to reveal the history of their races and the war between them.

Director: Len Wiseman
Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Bill Nighy
Van Helsing (2004)
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The notorious monster hunter is sent to Transylvania to stop Count Dracula who is using Dr. Frankenstein's research and a werewolf for some sinister purpose.

Director: Stephen Sommers
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Kate Beckinsale, Richard Roxburgh
Action | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

When human forces discover the existence of the Vampire and Lycan clans, a war to eradicate both species commences. The vampire warrior Selene leads the battle against humankind.

Directors: Måns Mårlind, Björn Stein
Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Michael Ealy, India Eisley
Doom (2005)
Action | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Space Marines are sent to investigate strange events at a research facility on Mars but find themselves at the mercy of genetically enhanced killing machines.

Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak
Stars: Karl Urban, Rosamund Pike, Dwayne Johnson
Immortals (2011)
Action | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Theseus is a mortal man chosen by Zeus to lead the fight against the ruthless King Hyperion, who is on a rampage across Greece to obtain a weapon that can destroy humanity.

Director: Tarsem Singh
Stars: Henry Cavill, Mickey Rourke, John Hurt
Riddick (2013)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Left for dead on a sun-scorched planet, Riddick finds himself up against an alien race of predators. Activating an emergency beacon alerts two ships: one carrying a new breed of mercenary, the other captained by a man from Riddick's past.

Director: David Twohy
Stars: Vin Diesel, Karl Urban, Katee Sackhoff
Edit

Storyline

PRIEST, a post-apocalyptic action thriller, is set in an alternative 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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 »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The two companies responsible for building the bikes, Cinema Vehicle Services and Ghostlight Industries started with the Suzuki Gladius The builders took the initial artists sketches and made adjustments that would allow them to create fully functioning, usable vehicles for on the set of the film. The most striking thing about the concept bikes (apart from the huge turbines at the front) are their extended length and the low ride height which both pose significant challenges. Alloy swing arms were fitted to the rear of the bikes with a strengthened suspension setup similar to that used on sidecars. The front wheels were also extended out from the bikes using completely custom designed front ends. The low stance was then achieved by building custom fuel tanks that could be relocated to beneath the seat in the extra space created by the massively extended swing arm. Once the builders were satisfied that the chassis of the motorcycles were visually correct and safe to ride work began on the bodywork. Using foam and wood the extreme styling from the concept sketches was shaped over the heavily modified Gladius. Casts were then taken and fiberglass panels were produced for each of the six motorcycles built for the film. The final touches including paint, age effects and the weapons were then added by the productions art department before filming began. All the motorcycles produced for the film too around 6 weeks to produce. The priority of all the work done on the Suzukis was their functionality and one builder was quoted as confidently saying that the motorcycles could be road registered and ridden daily. Some of the motorcycles still remain after filming had ended and are fully functional, See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the movie when the trio is planning to head out after the train and destroy it. The male Priest says "I will start charging the bikes", meaning they were electric. A few minutes later they reach the train and the female priest gets chased by other motorcycles and she hist a button marked 'Nitro'. Nitro is for gas powered motors. See more »

Quotes

Priest: Is this the world I fought for?
Monsignor Chamberlain: No, but it's the only world we have.
See more »


Soundtracks

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
See more »

User Reviews

 
Sci-Fi thriller about an alternative society defended by the Church and an outcast priest looking for his kidnapped niece
25 June 2012 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Futurist film based on graphic novel series "Priest" by Min-Woo Hyung with interesting screenplay by Cory Goodman . After centuries of war between humans and vampires , the Church assigns warrior-priests to defeat the vampires . The survivors are kept in reserves and hives and the men live in chaotic cities governed by the Church . A rebel priest (Paul Bettany , Gerard Butler was originally cast) disobeys church law to track down the vampires who kidnapped his niece (Lily Collins , Phil Collins's daughter) . His War is Eternal but his mission is just the beginning . The outcast priest sets out to look for his niece along with a young sheriff named Hicks (Cam Gigandet , though Steven Strait was originally cast) . Then , they encounter themselves chased by bloodthirsty , predatory vampires which have added them to his food chain . Sooner a warrior Priestess (Maggie Q) unites the Priest and Hicks in their quest . The duo along with the priestess must confront carnivorous mutants , hordes of warrior vampires starving of human blood and some of the most horrifying creatures ever made . At a hive the group is surrounded , as they encounter a pack of carnivorous , crawling creatures that are waiting for them , facing their destruction and exposed to cruel bites by meat-eating sickos and finally battle their deadly enemy , Black Hat (Karl Urban) . They undertake a desperate fighting to survive and chase a train to find his niece called Lucy (this is a throwback to the Dracula of Bram Stoker, where there is also a character named Lucy, who is also an engaged redheaded girl in need of saving) .

This exciting picture is set in a post-apocalyptic , an alternate world , one ravaged by centuries of battle between human and bloodsuckers , it contains thrills , chills , plot twists , action-filled with fierce fights and lots of gore and guts . The terror and action moments are fast moving and compactly realized . The film turns out to be a crossover among several films , taking ideas here and there , resulting to be an entertaining movie . And of course the theme of people being stranded in a hostile , perilous environment with attackers creatures is justly reminiscent of many others films as Pitch Black , Pandorum , Descent or Resident Evil saga . The creepy images of wide range from the genuinely fantastic to the bizarre along with an eerie and amazing frames . It's predictable but also its predictability is redeemed for some extraordinary surprises and in part by the charismatic acting from the main protagonists , Bettany and Gigandet . Furthermore a notorious secondary cast as Christopher Plummer , Brad Dourif , Stephen Moyer , Alan Dale , Madchen Amick , among others . The flesh-eating mutants appearance deliver the goods, plenty of screams, shocks and tension. The make-up assistants and visual effects artists create the truly terrible cannibal vampires , adding spectacular frames in 3D . Horrifying and astonishing images about eerie events and creepy scenarios are colorfully photographed by Don Burguess , and including luminous scenes from a futurist desert . Thrilling and suspenseful musical score by Christopher Young , an expert on dark atmospheres . The motion picture was well directed by Scott Charles Stewart , a visual effects specialist and who previously made a similar flick titled ¨Legion¨ . Rating : Acceptable and passable . Worthwhile watching .


17 of 25 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 273 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Priest See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,953,664, 15 May 2011

Gross USA:

$29,137,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$78,309,505
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.



Recently Viewed