PriestFROM MTV MOVIES: Long in development, shuffled schizophrenically from release date to release date and given a post-production conversion to 3-D, "Priest" is finally here. Critics, alas, haven't seemed to welcome its belayed arrival very warmly.

Based on a manhwa that never really connected with comics readers, the film has been dinged for its hackneyed dialogue and shallow story development. Yet "Priest" is not without its fans. Some reviewers have praised the movie's popcorn-action pleasures and starkly beautiful visual aesthetic. Weak reviews aside, the vampire flick finds itself facing off against a fanboy favorite in "Thor," and the God of Thunder (even in his second week in theaters), will easily vanquish the bloodsuckers of "Priest."

Read on for a deep dive into the reviews — the good, the bad and the ugly — of "Priest."

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There are lots of movies based on comics coming out, but what makes “Priest” unique is that it comes from a manhwa published by Tokyopop. Though Tokyopop has been facing recent financial problems, the movie is alive and well.

As part of Summer Movie Preview Week, MTV News spoke with “Priest” star Paul Bettany about the very different world in which the movie is set.

For example, there are vampires in “Priest,” but they definitely don’t sparkle.

“They’re much more feral,” Bettany said about the film's bloodsuckers. “They’re more akin to a different species. In this world vampires and human beings have coexisted, not amicably, you know, with real animosity.” Read More...

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PriestLast night in New York City, "Priest" director Scott Stewart and star Paul Bettany made an appearance at Sony’s Lincoln Square theater to show some clips of their vampire action flick and do a Q&A sponsored by Fangoria magazine.

While the sizzle reel and two of the clips we saw last night were also shown at WonderCon, we also saw the animated introduction by Genndy Tartakovsky, which was in 2-D.

The super-stylized intro by the artist behind "The Powerpuff Girls" and "Samurai Jack" describes the war between vampires and humans and how the priest-warriors came to be. Read More...

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PriestGiven animator and "Samurai Jack" and "Sym-Bionic Titan" creator Genndy Tartakovsky's famed East-meets-West approach to conveying cartoon action, it's really no wonder that Screen Gems tapped the talent to open the live action adaptation of Hyung Min-woo's "Priest" manhwa with an animated prologue.

In the spirit of further appealing to the combined "Priest" and Tartakovsky fanbase, Screen Gems has released the animated backstory on mobile phones a full month prior to the film's May 13 release date.

To access the video, fans need only scan a mobile marker with their phone using the Microsoft Tag Reader app. The mobile marker itself can be found on the movie's official Facebook page and on display in movie theaters.



PriestA new preview for “Priest” has been released, and though this isn’t the first trailer out, it gives another glimpse into the movie’s dark, vampire-filled world.

This is definitely not a place where sparkly vampires live.

Directed by Scott Stewart and starring Paul Bettany, “Priest” is a thriller where a priest must fight vampires in order to save his kidnapped niece. As we can see in the preview that popped up on SuperHeroHype today, some people in the film's post-apocalyptic world will deny there’s even a vampire menace — but as we can also see in the preview, the menace is very real. Read More...


PriestUnlike the home-style landscapes of many a vampire flick, the world of “Priest” has already been decimated by bloodsuckers. That much was clear when we saw the last trailer for the film, and it’s something fans of Min-Woo Hyung’s popular Tokyopop-published manhwa series (on which the movie is based) are quite familiar with.

Now those who haven’t yet gotten their hands on Hyung’s books have a wider window into the upcoming action thriller, thanks to the latest “Priest” trailer.

The film’s namesake, played by Paul Bettany, is a holy man-warrior bent on finding the band of vampires who attacked his brother (“True Blood” actor Stephen Moyer) and kidnapped his niece (played by Phil Collins’ daughter Lily Collins). Read More...

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A new trailer for "Priest" has arrived online, offering yet another glimpse at director Scott Stewart's upcoming adaptation of Min-Woo Hyung's popular manhwa series.

The new trailer premiered at Yahoo Movies.

For those unfamiliar with the series, "Priest" unfolds in a postapocalytpic world ravaged by a long war with vampires. "Legion" actor Paul Bettany plays a warrior priest who sets out to find a group of vampires who attacked his brother (played by "True Blood" actor Stephen Moyer) and kidnapped his niece. He's joined on the quest by a small-town sheriff ("Twilight" actor Cam Gigandet) who also happens to be the boyfriend of the kidnapped girl. Read More...

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We're just short of a year away from the premiere of "Priest," director Scott Stewart's upcoming film based on Hyung Min-Woo's popular manhwa series, but that just means there's plenty of time to get to know the film and its source material before it debuts in theaters.

Not familiar with "Priest" and its cast of characters? Don't worry — we've got you covered. MTV News caught up with stars Cam Gigandet, Maggie Q, and Karl Urban, and had them introduce the characters they're playing in the film.

"I play Sheriff Hicks, and I'm the sheriff of a small town where my girlfriend gets kidnapped by a pack of vampires," said Gigandet. "I enlist [the help of] Paul Bettany, Priest, and we are on the road to find and rescue her." Read More...

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Late last year, "Priest" actor Cam Gigandet regaled us with tales of the "unbelievable" weapons his character wields in the upcoming live-action adaptation of Min-Woo Hyung's popular manhwa series.

When MTV News sat down with Gigandet and his "Priest" co-stars Maggie Q and Karl Urban, the "Twilight" alum turned the conversation back to the gun his character uses in a quest to rescue his girlfriend from renegade vampires.

"They designed and built it, and it was literally, ten pounds," Gigandet told MTV News. Read More...

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Admittedly, I was late to the game in picking up Hyung Min-Woo's "Priest," but ever since I cracked open the first volume, I've been eager to see what director Scott Stewart has planned for his upcoming live-action film based on the popular manhwa series.

When MTV News had a chance to sit down with Stewart and "Priest" star Paul Bettany during Comic-Con, the pair explained why the post-apocalyptic story isn't your average vampire tale — and why the title character might not be the hero mainstream audiences are expecting.

"The priests of our story are like Jedi knights," Stewart told MTV News. "They have these supernatural abilities to fight vampires and they saved humanity before the movie even begins. Now, a generation later, society has moved on from war, and the priests are like pariahs. They're almost like Vietnam vets — they've been cast aside by society and they're now reviled and feared." Read More...

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