Priest - Paul Bettany
Priest (Paul Bettany) © 2009 Screen Gems

This action horror drama is directed by Scott Charles Stewart whose previous films include Legion, Sin City, Mars Attacks! and The Lost World: Jurassic Park. The film is released this week.

Official Information

Priest, a western-fused post-apocalyptic 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 (Paul Bettany) 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 (Lily Collins) is abducted by a murderous pack of vampires, Priest breaks his sacred vows to venture out on an obsessive quest to find her before they turn her into one of them.

He is joined on his crusade by his niece’s boyfriend (Cam Gigandet), a trigger-fingered young wasteland sheriff, and a former Warrior Priestess (Maggie Q) who possesses otherworldly fighting skills.

Directed by Dan Rush. Written by Cory Goodman and the graphic novel it is based by Min-Woo Hyung. Stars Paul Bettany, Karl Urban, Cam Gigandet, Maggie Q, Lily Collins, Brad Dourif and Stephen Moyer.

US and Canada release May 13, 2011
UK release May 6, 2011
Australia release August 4, 2011


Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online