The Reverend (film)

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The Reverend
The Reverend (film).jpeg
DVD cover
Directed by Neil Jones
Produced by Stuart Brennan,
Neil Jones,
Andy Thompson
Written by Neil Jones
Based on Book of Job
Starring Stuart Brennan, Tamer Hassan, Rutger Hauer
Music by Alan Deacon
Cinematography Alessio Valori
Burn Hand Film Productions, Templeheart Films
Release date
  • October 7, 2011 (2011-10-07) (Grimm Up North Film Festival)
Running time
98 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Reverend is a 2011 horror film directed by Neil Jones.[1] It had its world premiere on October 7, 2011 at the Grimm Up North Film Festival and received a DVD release on February 11, 2014 through Level 33.[2] The story is a very loose retelling of the Book of Job.[3] The film had a predominantly negative reception.


An eager and nameless new priest (Stuart Brennan) is sent to a small village to serve as their resident priest, but he is unaware that he is the basis of a bet between the Almighty (Giovanni Lombardo Radice) and the Withstander (Rutger Hauer ), with his soul as the prize. This bet is put into action when he is turned into a vampire. He then has to find a way to not only battle his craving for blood, but also rid the area of crime and save the life of the prostitute Tracy (Emily Booth).



Critical reception for The Reverend has been predominantly negative.[4] Much of the criticism centered around the film's plot, as most reviewers felt that the movie did not live up to its full potential.[3][5] Twitch Film heavily panned the film and commented that "The Reverend is that rare beast, in other words, a terrible film that thinks it's onto a winner; if you want to see how terrible, then go right ahead, but everyone else should stay well away."[5] Shock Till You Drop also gave a negative review and stated that the film's cast was wasted, as "You can have a star in the film in a two minute scene and have them steal the show. That doesn’t happen here."[6] Starburst gave a mixed review, stating that while the movie was "ultimately scuppered by its lack of focus and the fact that it’s way too ambitious for both its budget and the capabilities of its director" it "isn’t a disaster of biblical proportions and can charitably be filed under ‘interesting failure.'"[7]


  1. ^ Williams, Aaron. "Exclusive: Horror Hostess Emily Booth Talks Acting, Directing, and Presenting". Dread Central. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Miller, Ryan. "Release details for The Reverend, starring Rutger Hauer". JoBlo. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Getz, Rob. "Film Review: The Reverend (2011)". Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "The Reverend". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Lee, Matthew. "Grimm Up North 2011: The Reverend review". Twitch Film. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  6. ^ Jimenez, Christopher. "Review: Nothing Can Save The Reverend". STYD. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  7. ^ Mount, Paul. "Movie Review: The Reverend". Starburst Magazine. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 

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