The Shrine (2010 film)

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"Once you find it, they won't let you leave." The search for a missing teen in Poland leads a rookie reporter and her companions to an encounter with deadly cultists.


  • Release Date: 2010
  • Country/Language: Canada, English
  • Genres/Technical: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
  • Runtime: 1 hr 25 min
  • Starring: Aaron Ashmore, Cindy Sampson, Meghan Heffern
  • Director: Jon Knautz
  • Writer: Jon Knautz, Brendan Moore
  • Producer/Production Co: Wesley Clover Media, Brookstreet Pictures
  • View Trailer: (link)
  • IMDb page: (link)
  • Wikipedia page (link)


MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: (not rated) (perhaps equivalent to R for Violence, Nudity, Profanity, Adult Content)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

Not exactly a "Lovecraftian" film in the sense of being based on any of Lovecraft's work or containing references to his creations, though some viewers may find the location and atmosphere suggestive of Lovecraft's work (an "Eldritch Location" film); this film does have a more supernatural/occult angle than usual for this sort of film, perhaps comparable to the work of Arthur Machen.

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.


Review Links:

  • Silvia Moreno-Garcia at Innsmouth Free Press, (link) - "...A competent little film that could have been really good with a few tweaks. It also has some nice Lovecraftian elements, such as the village with a secret and the odd religious rites taking place in it...."
  • Richard Scheib at the Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review, (1/5 Stars) (link) - "The Shrine is utterly generic in every respect. Much of the film has been construed in terms of a constant series of pop-up scares... ...utterly cliche-ridden B-movie possession and exorcism scenes... The script also suffers from some major credibility flaws. There was a highly amusing posting on the IMDB User Comments section from someone who lives in Poland disparaging the film for regarding the locals as backwards peasants and, most amusingly, for the idea of a village called Alvania when the letter V does not exist in Polish."
  • Ed Sum at 28 Days Later Analysis (link) - "While parts of the film takes a small tailspin into looking like something out of an Exorcist sequel with these contrasting motifs and a quest to conquer evil, what happens is literally plague-ridden with clichés taken out of many a horror film. At least they’re done with great effect..."


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The search for a missing teen in Poland leads a rookie reporter and her companions to an encounter with deadly cultists.


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Associated Mythos Elements

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  • Race: Human Cultists
  • Artefact: The Shrine

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