‘Priest’ Trailer Features Apocalyptic Vampire Action

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 11:03 am,

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The theatrical trailer for the long-delayed vampire action movie Priest is finally out, and, in my opinion, it’s sufficient proof that this movie will likely not be worth the long wait – though that’s not to say that the final product looks totally bad.

Adapted from the graphic novel of the same name by Min-Woo Hyung, Priest stars Paul Bettany as an exiled priest who must save a young girl from the clutches of the vampires.

You might read that explanation and think you’re in for a new version of the Dracula mythology – or perhaps another version of The Order, that moody and brooding Heath Ledger movie about a Priest who goes around combating evil forces. However, Priest is directed by Scott Charles Stewart, who also worked with Bettany on the religious-themed action/horror flick Legion last year – think of Priest and Legion as close cousins in the same family.

Here’s the film’s official synopsis, for those who want to see more:

PRIEST, a post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller, is set in an alternate world — one ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampires. The story revolves around a legendary Warrior Priest from the last Vampire War who now lives in obscurity among the other downtrodden human inhabitants in walled-in dystopian cities ruled by the Church. When his niece is abducted by a murderous pack of vampires, Priest breaks his sacred vows to venture out on a quest to find her before they turn her into one of them. He is joined on his crusade by his niece’s boyfriend, a trigger-fingered young wasteland sheriff, and a former Warrior Priestess who possesses otherworldly fighting skills.

The “trigger-fingered sheriff” and “Warrior Priestess” mentioned in the synopsis are Cam Gigandet (Pandorum) and Maggie Q (Live Free or Die Hard); they’ll be sharing the screen with Bettany and fellow co-stars Karl Urban (Star Trek), Lilly Collins (The Blind Side), Stephen Moyer (True Blood), Alan Dale (Lost) and Christopher Plummer. See if you can spot all the recognizable faces in the trailer – which, for now, is only available at Sony’s Crackle website:

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Priest Trailer

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As I said, the film doesn’t look to be a TOTAL flop (it’s certainly an improvement over the first impressions I got from Legion), but then again it’s not exactly a film I can say was worth a year’s delay. The look of the CGI vampires certainly hasn’t been all that improved in a year, and none of the action scenes in the film really got me all that excited. But that’s just me.

Why has Bettany – a talented actor – been resigned to genre films with religious themes in the last few years (The Da Vinci Code, Legion)? Will Scott Charles Stewart direct a film that doesn’t seem like it walks over the same ground? I’ll let you guys debate that and how you feel about the trailer for Priest in the comment section below.

Priest will (attempt to) kick off the Summer 2011 season when it is released on Friday May 13th.

Source: Crackle

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  1. Hey Kofi,
    I was wondering if I can find the trailer from other resources. Apparently I can’t view the trailer on Crackle from Malaysia =(

  2. Hey BernardC,

    Yeah you can view it here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBR4NQwAdkE

    We’ll post an embedded version you can watch once we can confirm it’s official and not a bootleg.

    Thanks.

    • Thanks Kofi =)

  3. I’m a huge fan of Bettany, he’s an excellent actor but he does tend to pick slightly trashy films of late. Legion was ok, it started well, and the duelling angels at the end was cool, but I probably wouldn’t watch it again.

    Let’s get him in a cool comic property and really raise his profile again, he can start doing great movies rather than ones you simply wouldn’t turn off.

  4. I dunno, looks pretty freakin BA to me. I want to read the graphic novel now.

    • @Nikc

      I agree, looks awesome. Unless the only good bits are in the trailer this should be at least enjoyable. I’m really interested in reaidng the GN but I never do so before seeing the movie version so that the movie still has a suprise ending.

      • reading the gn won’t spoil the ending as the movie has very little to do with the original storyline. For instance, there isn’t a single vampire in it, let alone having the whole story be about them.

  5. To me the main disadvantage this has is an unfamiliar depiction of “vampires”, a bit to close to the soldier daemons in Constantine. A more intelligent enemy could have done this good. I don’t know the source material however…perhaps they’re like that. Certainly a mix of ideas in the film – Equalibrium > Dredd > Constantine…list could go on really. Pity, I like the cast (Christopher Plummer!) and one half of the premise, I just can’t think the zombie/daemon style “vampires” will attract people.

    • Brings me to the ask, is there gonna be a Constantine sequel? Am I the only person who liked it?

      • I liked it.

      • no no, i loved constantine, would be fun if they made a sequel :)

      • I enjoyed Constantine too, and Bettany, even though he is not a scouser, would be great in the role

  6. i like the looks of this

  7. Hmmm…
    I’m liking the blend of vampire mythology and sci-fi elements, but there’s something not quite right about it. Maybe it’s the mix of ‘people vampires’ and ‘alien vampires’ that remind me of the ‘vampires’ in the I Am Legend movie.

    I think I’ll enjoy this movie, but probably on DVD as opposed to the cinema. The corporate, church run city reminds me of Equilibrium meets V for Vendetta. Paul Bettany will be good in it, he usually is in his movies, and the style seems pretty slick, but I agree that it won’t be as good as we’re led to believe

    • Looks exactly like the mutants from I am Legend.

  8. @Kofi

    Was Ledgers THE ORDER any good? I never saw that one.

    • No, The Order sucks. Pilgrim looks like it will be pretty good. Josh Brolin as Jonah Hex wishes he could’ve been Karl Urban in this movie.

  9. NICE! Looking forward to this.

  10. Favorite part of Legion: Milk-man/long-legged freak, thing still freaks me out to this day.

    • lol…

  11. Looks great. Paul Bettany, Karl Urban and Maggie Q? Great cast!

  12. I’m always a fan when they mix futuristic/western/desert in a movie, its somewhat appealin’ to me. This one looks bad-@$$ most definitely!!

  13. Had me at Maggie Q…. :D

  14. Love thy neighbor as thyself…as I chop off your head!

    Meanwhile, what’s the music playing in the trailer? It’s pretty epic.

  15. This looks freakin BA can’t wait to watch this at the theater ^_^

  16. “in my opinion, it’s sufficient proof that this movie will likely not be worth the long wait”

    Have to agree with many other posters here and completely DISagree with your opinion. I thought the trailer did nothing but get me excited to see this flick which is hard to do now a days considering I can just wait 3 months and Redbox it for a buck.

  17. Looked Kind of like Legion, but it also looked like it might be better than Legion. I hope it will be good and that there will be a 2D version as well (saw 3D trailer in the boring RE:Afterlife movie)

  18. It has a freakin’ cool train it! I’m so seeing this!

  19. Bettany should be Constantine..but he’d have to grow his hair a bit longer-look a lil scruffier…

  20. Looked excellent except the CGI vampires. I just might go see it though, it sounds like a really good story line and the visuals are eye popping.