The Reaping

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Released 2007

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Director:
Stephen Hopkins
Released:
2007
Rating:
R
The Reaping is a 2007 American horror film directed by Stephen Hopkins and starring Hilary Swank, David Morrissey and Idris Elba. When Louisiana State University professor of theology Katherine (Swank) discovers that the ten plagues of Exodus are happening in her town, she attempts to find the cause of the biblical destruction. Swarms of locusts and a river turned red with blood have the residents of the town living in fear, and Katherine suspects a local swamp cult to be the culprits. Many of the residents believe that Armageddon has arrived and begin preparing for the worst. Katherine is skilled at recognizing the deception caused by many religions, however, and finds that the plagues may not be all that they seem. Katherine's lack of faith in the supernatural is tested when natural explanations for these unnatural occurrences are nowhere to be found. The Reaping received terrible reviews from critics and performed poorly at the box office.

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  • 60

    Los Angeles Times

    The seeds of most Biblical horror movies are sown in the Book of Revelations; The Reaping at least gets marks for originality for springing from Exodus.

  • 60

    Variety Justin Chang

    Revisiting the book of Exodus in a feverish Southern-gothic context, this lurid, often ludicrously entertaining slab of Biblesploitation builds an earnest case for spirituality in ...

  • 40

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    The only remotely notable thing about this particular jumble of boos, bangs and door creaks...is that it tries to wed the horror trend with the heated-up God market.

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    Supernatural, Thrillers