“The Shrine” is the latest project from writer/director Jon Knautz.
The 29-year-old from Ottawa has been responsible for a series of under-the-radar short films such as “Apt. 310” and “Moment of Truth.”
And he recently has worked with Robert Englund on “Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer.”
From the footage shown in the trailer, this looks to be more of a mainstream feature than we’ve seen from him in the past.
Here is the description listed for “The Shrine” (written by Knautz): After a young American backpacker goes missing in Europe, a group of journalists 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. Hell bent on discovering the truth, they travel to the small village, but quickly find themselves pursued by a mysterious group set on killing them. Forced into the gruesome reality of true survival horror, the journalist’s soon discover that Alwainia hides a much darker secret than they could ever imagine.
I’m not sold just yet on the minute or so I’ve seen of the movie in the trailer. There’s nothing that simply jumps out at me, yet nothing that dissuades me from it. Smaller-budget horror movies are always fun for me, whether I‘m interested in them or laughing at them, so I’ll be watching for more information before I decide whether this is worth the price of a ticket.
Scheduled to be released in 2010, “The Shrine” stars Aaron Ashmore, Cindy Sampson and Trevor Matthews.