Two female journalists and a photographer travel to Europe to investigate a series of mysterious disappearances, only to find themselves embroiled in a struggle against a kind of evil they never expected.


Jon Knautz
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aaron Ashmore ... Marcus
Cindy Sampson ... Carmen
Meghan Heffern ... Sara
Trevor Matthews ... Henryk
Vieslav Krystyan ... Arkadiusz
Laura de Carteret ... Laura Taylor (as Laura DeCarteret)
Ben Lewis ... Eric Taylor
Julia Debowska Julia Debowska ... Lidia
Monica Hewes ... Emilia (as Monica Bugajski)
Stefen Hayes Stefen Hayes ... Aleks
Connor Stanhope ... Dariusz
David Tompa ... Henchman #1
Alexander Krstich ... Henchman #2
Neil Davison ... Henchman #3
Voytek Skrzeta ... Henchman #4 (as Wojtek Skrzeta)


After a young American backpacker goes missing in Europe, a group of journalists link his disappearance to a remote village in Poland. They travel there hoping to get the story, but as they unravel the secrets behind this mysterious village, they are suddenly pursued by hostile locals. Unable to escape, they soon become the next victims of ritualistic human sacrifice. Forced into the gruesome reality of true survival horror, the journalists soon discover that this village hides a much darker secret than they could ever imagine. Written by Skid Gasket

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Once you find it, they won't let you leave.




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When Carmen first enters the "fog" area & sees the statue, her hair goes from neat to messy & back again several times. Her makeup also suddenly refreshes itself. See more »


Carmen: No one fucking knows we're here
Marcus: [correcting her] No one in the whole fucking world knows we're here
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Referenced in Dead Sea (2014) See more »

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Destination Poland
1 November 2011 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

The action of Canadian horror flick "The Shrine" takes place in a small Polish village of Kozki,where several young Americans vanished without a trace.The story of various disappearances is the main interest of Carmen,a young fame and money-hungry journalist.She and her assistant Sara and her photographer boyfriend Marcus travel to Poland to solve the mystery.The locals in Kozki are not friendly and there is an esoteric cult which practices blood sacrifices and has leaders shouting litanies in laughably bad Polish.The portrayal of Polish villagers in "The Shrine" is obnoxious and downright silly,but being Polish I had a total blast watching this crappy horror extravaganza.The story owes a lot to Robin Hardy's "The Wicker Man" and mushroom trip like visions of demonic faces are quite creepy.The soundtrack is minimalistic and there is a bit of great gore.7 angry Poles out of 10.

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Release Date:

14 October 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cult See more »

Filming Locations:

Pickering, Ontario, Canada See more »


Box Office


CAD1,500,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1
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