DVD Release: The Shrine

DVD Release Date: May 6, 2012
Price: DVD $29.99
Studio: Zeitgeist/KimStim


The Shrine movie scene

A resident of a remote village in Poland welcomes a group of American journalists in The Shrine.

The 2010 horror movie The Shrine comes to DVD after making bloody waves at L.A.ʼs ScreamFest, the Fangoria Film Festival and the Fantasia Film Festival, where it picked up an award for Best Canadian Film.

After a young American backpacker (Ben Lewis) goes missing in Europe, a group of journalists (Cindy Sampson of TV’s Supernatural, Aaron Ashmore and Meghan Heffern) link his disappearance to a remote village in Poland called Alwainia. Upon further investigation, the journalists discover that Alwainia has a history of bizarre cult activity revolving around human sacrifice. Determined to uncover the truth—language barrier notwithstanding—they travel to the village, but quickly find themselves pursued by a mysterious group set on killing them. Fighting to survive, the journalists soon discover that Alwainia hides a much darker secret than they could ever imagine.

Directed and co-written by Canadian filmmaker Jon Knautz (Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer), The Shrine is premiering in the U.S. on DVD following its well-received festival run.

Bonus features on the DVD include an audio commentary by Knautz, actor/producer Trevor Matthews and composer Ryan Shore, whose score received a 2012 Grammy nomination for Best Score (Soundtrack for Visual Medium).

Check out the film’s atmospheric trailer:

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