Saturday, November 01, 2008

The Reaping

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Totally forgot I had this. Kind of a throwback to those bad seed, evil children flicks that were popular in the 70s and 80s -- but with much better special effects and a big twisty ending. Like “True Blood”, it doesn’t do the South any favors.

“The Reaping” isn’t a bad film, but there’s a TV-movie quality that it can’t seem to shake. I just don’t think the stakes are high enough. Will Hilary Swank kill the evil child and save the townsfolk from those nasty plagues? And it’s not quite the horror movie that the trailer suggests either. A couple of creepy scenes, but you’ll have to look long and hard for scares. With all that said, I’m surprised the film didn’t fare better at the box office, only 25 million. There’s a very specific audience for this, but the marketing department folks didn’t get enough of ‘em.

2 comments:

Kristin said...

Hillary Swank is not exactly a box office draw. Her best moments are in drama-type films. But she's been known to pick loser mainstream fare when she tries her hand at something different.

I had no interest in seeing this just based on the previews alone. It looked really quite silly.

screamwriter said...

Didn't realize the budget for this was 41 million. Hilary probably got a big chunk of that.

It is silly, but you can check out the spoilers here.

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