Priest (2011) – 6/10 vampire mild-superhero science-fiction action movie review

Cast / crew
Director: Scott Stewart
Writer: Cory Goodman
Writer (Original Graphic Novel Series) Priest: Min-Woo Hyung
Producer: Michael De Luca
Producer: Joshua Donen
Producer: Mitchell Peck
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
Animation Designer Prologue: Genndy Tartakovsky

Priest (2011)

After the war against vampires is won, the Church disbands the Priest division, dumping them back into a civilian life that doesn’t want them and they are ill-suited for. When the family of one Priest is later attacked by vampires, the Church refuses to believe their foes have returned and Priest must break his vow to go on a rescue mission.


This is a tidy, focused action monster movie which feels almost refreshing because it is competent, crisp and resists temptation to add or, rather, overdo ‘twists’ and origin stories. It was better than expected, easily kept my attention and I enjoyed the unusual vampire designs and very cool-looking villain. The BBFC 12A rating is wrong. This is a very violent film, especially Genndy Tartakovsky’s animated body-shredding prologue, and not for children.

This movie contains a single sexual swear word, bad language and strong fantasy violence, gory and unpleasant scenes, extreme, graphic and extremely gory animated violence.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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