The Good

An semi-interesting film that manages to rise above being just a scary movie.

The Bad

No Special Features. Somewhat unoriginal.

The Gathering tells the story of a buried church that is uncovered by a priest. Enlisting the the help of archeologist Simon Kirkman (Stephen Dillane) he investigates this buried ruin in the hopes of piecing together it's back story. One day Kirkman and his wife are driving back from this site when they accidentally hit Cassie (Christina Ricci). Knocking her memory out of her, Simon and his wife take her in and she ends up becoming like another member of their family (they already have a young child).

Cassie then starts having dreams about the people of the town dying horrible deaths, and soon it seems like maybe the church was actually buried for a reason. Mixing a lot of different imagery, overall The Gathering tells a somewhat original tale that keeps you guessing the whole time.

Features

No Extra Features came with this DVD.

Video

Widescreen Version presented in a "Letterbox" widescreen format preserving the "scope" aspect ratio of it's original theatrical exhibition. Enhanced for widescreen TVs. Apparently, this movie is about 5 years old. While it didn't look dated it did look like the kind of film that seemingly would have gotten a bigger release, and then for whatever reason was dumped on to DVD. Overall, this film played nicely off this DVD and even though are a lot of dark themes and images, I don't think that this movie got mired in them.

Audio

Dolby Digital. Close Captioned. The soundtrack to this movie was pretty standard. It featured the slow, soft, individual notes that are supposed to offer something revealing. Then, there were a lot of moments where we saw something scary, only to have the characters turn and look at it and it was gone. Aside from that, the audio was nicely leveled, I just don't know that I would have enjoyed listening to it in a theater.

Package

A dazzling Christina Ricci is shown on this front cover wearing all black, with an image of a cross behind her in a shadowy image against a bloody floor. The back features a nice shot of Ricci's face as well as some more images from the movie, a description of The Gathering, a cast list, and technical specs.

Final Word

Horror movies with a lot of Biblical overtones and imagery tend to make me a bit restless. I just usually feel like the director is playing a visual game of hide and seek, and that by the time he eventually shows his hand I've either A) figured it out, B) no longer understood it or C) no longer care. One way or another, I had a feeling that The Gathering was going to be this way. Well imagine my surprise to find out that I was wrong. I am not saying that this film reinvents the wheel, but it certainly acquits itself well and tells an interesting story in the process.

If you like your horror films to come in slow, quick gasps, then you will really enjoy what The Gathering has to give you.

The Gathering was released June 23, 2001.