The Reaping

Release Date: April 5, 2007
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It's a creepy kid movie... without Dakota Fanning.

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199/214 Max Braden Demi Moore did this better in the Seventh Seal.

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This latest Dark Castle production tells the tale of a woman who debunks myths for a living. She’s called to a so-called “God-fearing” small town in Texas to investigate stories of supernatural occurrences in the area, events that resemble the Biblical Ten Plagues of Egypt.

Dark Castle has had quite a run since its inception. Formed in 1999 by Joel Silver and Robert Zemeckis, in partnership with Castle’s daughter Terry, its mission statement was to remake and update the films of Schlockmeister William Castle, as well as create original projects. The remakes of Castle’s films have been largely successful, but Dark Castle’s first original film, Gothika, met with a lukewarm reception, and the fact that it too featured an Oscar-winning actress in the lead does cause a bit of concern for this original outing. But horror may well rival comedy as a notoriously difficult genre in which to find success, as what scares us is nearly as individual as what makes us laugh, and one man’s soul-searing terrorfest is another man’s cavalcade of yawns. Dark Castle has demonstrated it can bring the scare, and with all the talk in recent months about faith and the end of days and whatnot, certainly the subject matter is on the public mind. (Stephanie Star Smith/BOP)

Vital statistics for The Reaping
Main Cast Hilary Swank, David Morrissey, Idris Elba
Director James Cox
Screenwriter Carey Hayes, Chad Hayes
Distributor Warner Bros.
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture

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End of Days 11/24/9925.30 30.15 2593 9757.00 11139.9 66.86 79.67 2.12
Stigmata 9/10/9918.31 21.82 2899 6316.00 7211.2 50.03 59.62 2.73
Bless the Child 8/11/009.41 10.52 2754 3417.00 3676.9 29.33 32.81 3.12
Fallen 1/16/989.15 11.76 2448 3738.00 4622.7 25.49 32.77 2.45
Lost Souls 10/13/007.95 8.89 1970 4036.00 4343.0 16.71 18.69 2.10
Prophecy, The * 9/1/957.51 10.41 1663 4516.00 6021.3 16.06 22.26 2.14



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