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Bridget White as the artist's model in the direct to DVD film The Apostate

The Apostate

Art Models: Life Nudes for Drawing Painting and Sculpting Review

4.0 out of 5 stars FATHER WHERE ART THOU, January 28, 2005

By Michael Butts (Martinsburg, WV USA) - See all my reviews

Enigmatic and entrancing. Disturbing and depressing. Tense and ignoble. THE APOSTATE is all these and more. Atmospherically filmed and directed by William Gove, the story tells a very strange tale of an obviously demented man who views killing people as his art, his method of achieving immortality. Stalking the streets, he chooses his victims and brutally murders them to achieve his artistic thirst. Enter a young priest, who is the brother of one of the killer's victims. As expected, this priest is struggling with his faith and when his mother commits suicide, he vows to help his uncle the homicide detective catch the killer. In the risky move of letting us know right away who the killer is, the movie does manage to maintain its suspense in when and how he will be caught.

Dennis Hopper reprises his role of the psychotic weirdo, but gives a more restrained performance than usual. The usually adequate Richard Grieco turns in a very good performance as Father Michael whose fight with his faith is almost as vivid as his struggle with Hopper. Michael Cole (Mod Squad) has a small but effective role as the Monsignor whose true hypocrisy is revealed in a letter to Grieco's mother. Frank Medrano does a nice spin as Father Neal, Grieco's friend who hears a stirring confession, and meets an unpleasant end. Lovely Bridget Anne White plays Mary, the art model who tickles Father's fancy. Kristin Minter plays Charlotte, Grieco's boyhood sweetheart with her own secrets.

While not a classic film, THE APOSTATE has a tense and forboding atmosphere and with Grieco's performance achieves a quality we don't often get on straight to DVD films. page about the movie.

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