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Night of the Templar

Night of the Templar (2012)

May. 13,2012
| Drama Action Comedy

The stage is set for retribution as an eclectic group is lured to a secluded European Castle under the guise of a promised "fantasy weekend." And as they read from an obscure storybook, a nefarious tale of avarice is reenacted for their entertainment. However, they are unaware that they have been gathered for their own personal and befitting executions.


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Pretty good movie overall. First half was nothing special but it got better as it went along.


At first rather annoying in its heavy emphasis on reenactments, this movie ultimately proves fascinating, simply because the complicated, highly dramatic tale it tells still almost defies belief.


The positive reviews for NIGHT OF THE TEMPLAR did make me chuckle as this is by no means a decent film. It's an indie horror film that masquerades as a mainstream movie thanks to the presence of a number of familiar faces in the cast. The only thing you'll be wondering is how they roped in so many big names. An old warning advises to watch out for films that are written by, directed by, and starring the same person and this film follows that proviso: I don't know who Paul Sampson is, but he's nothing much to write home about. The film is a mish-mash of cheaply-staged historical scenes and a few lame slasher-style moments as assembled characters are murdered by a maniac. Cast-wise, we get turns from old-timers David Carradine (what a film to end your lengthy career on!) and Udo Kier, alongside a randomly cross-dressing Billy Drago and poor old Norman Reedus on hiatus from THE WALKING DEAD. He must have been wondering what he walked into...


I watched this movie some time ago, because I was in a Reedus-frenzy after TWD, but Oh My, nothing could prepare me for this movie! It is the most awkward movie I have ever seen, and I barely made it to the end, wanting to just turn it off way before. The only thing holding me back was my friend, who I had forced to watch this movie with me, who said: We have made it so far through this awful film, we might as well see if it stays bad 'til the very end. Nothing was good about it. I cringed,and laughed (not in a good way) and hid behind a pillow (to protect myself from the awkwardness), The story was shallow, the "history"poor, I felt bad for the actors, the females were horribly portrayed and treated, the production was bad..... The only funny thing about this, is the reviews, which I have a suspicion is written of or on behalf of the creator of the movie. But seriously - don't waste your time with this! You will never get that time back!


What a waste of time, money and resources. Gave it a go because of Norman Reedus, but even he is terrible. Tommy Wiseau put on an acting and directing masterclass in The Room when compared to this.A narrated explanation of events at the beginning is an excuse for a lack of storytelling ability and I genuinely paused to check if it was a History Channel reenactment documentary before proceeding.The male violence towards female characters was deplorable as was the passive acceptance by those characters; confusing and disturbing.Woman wants to leave, gets choked out and the other people at the house start talking about the ladies liking the rough stuff? Poor at best.This is the worst movie I have seen in a long time and I watched Grown Ups 2 recently.Avoid.


Night of the Templar is quite a surprising and brilliant piece of work which I suspect will achieve the accolade of instant cult status as word of mouth snowballs this film to richly deserved recognition.Paul Sampson, both the writer and the main star of the film, has been a comedic force for some time, most notably in the fantastic movie 'Whacked!'. Many of his previous works have hinted at Sampson's saliently dead pan comedic manner (and writing skills) which comes to full fruition in 'Night of the Templar'.In a nut shell, this film is an amazing blend of the funny, the violent and the poignant.It was a joy to watch and my only disappointment is that I can never watch this film for the first time ever again - every viewing will forever be a repeat viewing.