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The Remaining (2014)

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Friends gather at a wedding, but the celebration is shattered by terrifying apocalyptic events forcing them to examine life, love and faith as they must choose between redemption and survival.

Director:

Casey La Scala

Writers:

Casey La Scala (screenplay), Chris Dowling (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Pacar ... Tommy
Shaun Sipos ... Jack
Bryan Dechart ... Dan
Alexa PenaVega ... Skylar (as Alexa Vega)
Italia Ricci ... Allison
Liz E. Morgan ... Sam
Kimberley Drummond ... Lauren
John Pyper-Ferguson ... Pastor Shay
Kim Pacheco Kim Pacheco ... Nurse Rachel
John Keenan John Keenan ... Skylar's Father
Nina Repeta ... Skylar's Mom
Judd Lormand ... Pastor Robert
Hayley Lovitt ... Southern Belle
Roy Feaster Roy Feaster ... Homeless Man
Erin Murphy Erin Murphy ... Lindsey
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Storyline

A supernatural thriller that addresses questions of life, love and belief against an apocalyptic backdrop. A group of close friends gather for a wedding, but the celebration is shattered by a series of cataclysmic events and enemies foretold by biblical end-times prophecies. The survivors face a horrifying, uncertain future as they scramble for safety, but as their world collapses around them in chaos and terror will they choose real life through faith, or just try to survive? Written by AFFIRM Films

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Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of terror, violence and destruction throughout, and thematic elements. | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 September 2014 (Philippines) See more »

Also Known As:

El Remanente See more »

Filming Locations:

Wilmington, North Carolina, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$159,143, 5 September 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,169,603, 17 October 2014
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Trivia

When Sam is recording Allison's speech in the hospital, the footage she takes is not the same as what she later shows to Tommy and Jack. As the footage is being recorded, Sam sees a dark figure behind some glass as a light flickers on and off. In the footage she shows them later, a shadow passes through a hallway. See more »

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When the nurse is resetting Skylar's dislocated shoulders, she says "Now the left side," and then proceeds to walk round and reset Skylar's right shoulder. See more »

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Rapturous Choices
25 September 2014 | by 3xHCCHSee all my reviews

It was the wedding day of Dan and Skylar. Their best friends were all there: the best man Jack, the maid of honor Allison, and the photographer Tommy. Everything was going on perfectly until suddenly, a lot of people suddenly dropped to the floor dead. This was followed by a series of disasters of such magnitude the world had yet not known until that time, killing even more people.

All five friends survive and seek shelter with other survivors in a church. There they begin to realize what this major worldwide catastrophe was actually the Rapture previously described in Biblical prophecy. As they eventually realize the true meaning of these events, important spiritual decisions will have to be made in order to determine which life they will choose to live.

While this was still very much a B-movie, writer/director Casey La Scala did well in telling the story at a fast clip. The atmosphere of suspense and tension were effectively developed. The special visual effects were pretty good considering this was film with no name actors to speak of. La Scala did well not to blatantly show those supernatural beings which snatched people off to the sky. I must admit though that the shaky camera work did make me dizzy a bit, so I could not keep my eyes on the screen all the time.

Though it was not obvious from the title nor the trailer, this film is actually a vehicle for Christian preaching. The message was not subtle. It is out there for the audience to listen to and reflect on. I do not think I have seen such a horror film with an overtly religious intent. As a Catholic, I did not mind it. However, if you are one of those who do not like religion mixed with their film entertainment, this will not be for you.


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