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VIDEO: The Reaping (2007)

In this schlocky horror film, Hilary Swank travels to the Louisiana bayou to investigate a series of events that seem to resemble the ten plagues as described in the Book of Exodus, and gets stalked by AnnaSophia Robb, who might be devil spawn.

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  • MichaelANovelli

    I remember the previews of this movie looked very silly. Other than that, I’d completely forgotten this…

  • Cristiona

    This movie had a lot of neat ideas, but I was never happy with how it turned out. They tried really hard with this prophecy thing, but they really kind of bungled it. It’s like they had a solid script but decided it wasn’t confusing and complicated enough. I was also sort of always disappointed that they went with the “the supernatural is really real, guyz” angle they took. Then again, I guess a truly skeptical movie wouldn’t be especially entertaining.

    The “why not” line was nicely chilling. Pity the ad campaign ruined it. Oh, and welcome back!

  • $36060516

    Good to see ya back! Odd that this movie set in the American South had two British actors (the guys who played Doug and Ben) and one Irishman (the priest). The beginning of the film looks nearly identical to the setup of the equally bad movie “Red Lights,” with Sigourney Weaver in the role of the debunker of miracles who needs to be shown a real one so she can believe in God. She even gives a smug lecture to college students just like the one you showed from this movie right after debunking a miracle. Your demented laughter over AnnaSophia Robb was actually scarier than her performance!

    • FullofQuestions1

      Hehe, demented laughter- funny you should say that, since my actual laugh slipped in pretty quickly.

      I’m really not sure why they hired European actors either, but as someone who is not from the south or from New York (where Ben is supposed to be from), I thought that their accents were decent.

      I have never heard of Red Lights, but that premise was pretty infuriating in this movie. Bill O’Reilly may be convinced that there’s a God just because there are things he can’t explain, but most people do not have the mentality of, as Stephen Colbert put it, “There is a God because I don’t know how things work.”

      • $36060516

        I think the only reason the laughter seemed a little freaky to me was because you were able to get yourself laughing so hard on cue without anyone else in the room and not reacting in the moment to seeing the silliness the film but just talking about it… An enviable and unique skill!

        If you aren’t familiar with the work of Ernest Becker, I would recommend checking out the documentary “Flight from Death — The Quest for Immortality” which can be seen free on Hulu and discusses Becker’s thesis that religion stems from the basic human fear of death. He goes into the subject in much more depth than that, and critically into the subject of how this soothing belief in an afterlife leads to wars between members of differing religions because when people of one culture are confronted by people who believe in a different religion, this alternate belief system’s existence casts doubt and threatens religious safety from death, and so all of that fear of death is channeled toward this other religion which needs to be destroyed in order to remove doubt and restore certainty of afterlife. Scary stuff.

    • John Wilson

      What is with movies like this where the “paranormal investigators” are so close minded. They should hsvr more of an open mind then everything is scientifically explainable. The only movies (that I know of)that did this right was “Amityville 3d” and “Don’t look now”. At least in Amityville,they talk about the”3%”(movie statacis) of unexplained things being the reason for investigators in the first place:).

      • FullofQuestions1

        I still have to see that. But the problem with the close mindedness is that, in reality, a lot of things don’t have a scientific explanation. Just because we have a lot of questions about dark matter or don’t know the etiology of MS does not mean that people need to all start being religious or chalking it up as supernatural.

  • Thomas Stockel

    Every time I see Anna Sophia Robb in a role like this I think that Dakota Fanning was too busy that month.

    Good review, Yulia. And welcome back!

    • FullofQuestions1

      Thank you!

      Yeah, they’re kind of spitting images, and they’re cast in similar roles. I saw three of AnnaSophia Robb’s movies in theaters, so it’s embarrassing, but she’s the person in this movie I was able to say the most about.

  • John Wilson

    When I watch a movie like this. I think about how subtly can really make a movie. Then I think about how crazy my movie would be(If I had the money for it). At least it would be subtle crazy. And interesting(maybe:).

    • FullofQuestions1

      I like subtle craziness. This movie is sadly anything but subtle.

  • Bob_in_Baltimore

    Welcome back, Yulia! Yeah, it sounds like this movie doesn’t understand atheism (or at least most people’s reasons for being atheist). Actually, I’ve never understood why most horror movies seem to think that atheism and horror don’t mix. H.P. Lovecraft was explicitly atheist, and his horror stories tend to have an atheist background (the “Elder Gods” are extradimensional aliens, but not supernatural demons or gods in the traditional religious sense), and I don’t think anyone has complained that Lovecraft’s stories aren’t scary enough. Anyway, thanks for the review, hope you can post more soon!

    • FullofQuestions1

      Thank you for watching! I’m already working on a new video; I just had a really rough few months. Now that my senior slide is in full effect, I think I’ll be able to get even more videos out than usual. 🙂

  • danbreunig

    That sickle we see throughout the movie is really a backwards Blue Oyster Cult symbol!
    (Well hey, *I* can see it.)

    Nice seeing you back after a while, Questions! Nice review.

    • Don’t fear The Reaping.

      • MephLord

        remove one e from the title and it becomes scarier…

      • danbreunig

        Well, the ending definitely had its own Fire Of Unknown Origin! Plus the girl had some Flaming Telepaths to boot. Now I’ll shut up my fanboy talk.

  • Jay_Bay

    Wait…..is Doug the Governor from The Walking Dead?

  • Necroglobule

    I don’t know why, but every time I see a movie with David Morrissey in it, I want to shove a big shard of glass through his eye.

    • Jay_Bay

      I know, right?

  • Guest

    I don’t want those maggoty fish;
    they’re no good for winter

  • Guest

    I don’t want those maggoty fish

    they’re no good for winter

  • Guest

    I don’t want those maggoty fish
    They’re no good for winter

  • I don’t want that maggoty fish
    that’s no good for winter

    Sorry, my browser wouldn’t sign in properly. It still reminded me of the song, though.

    • FullofQuestions1

      Hey, anything to beef up my comments section! 🙂