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Clive Barker Presents
Saint Sinner

Deadly temptresses travel through time in Clive Barker's tale of seduction, horror and redemption

*Clive Barker Presents Saint Sinner
*Starring Greg Serano, Gina Ravera, Rebecca Harrell and Mary Mara
*Executive produced by Clive Barker
*Directed by Joshua Butler
*Written by Doris Egan and Hans Rodionoff
*SCI FI Channel
*Premieres Saturday, Oct. 26, at 9 p.m. ET/PT

By Kathie Huddleston

H orror master Clive Barker partners with the SCI FI Channel to bring one of his twisted tales to the small screen in the two-hour original movie Clive Barker Presents Saint Sinner. The film tells the story of Brother Tomas (Serano), a young monk who lives in a secluded monastery in 1815. Brother Tomas, unlike his sibling Brother Gregory, can't seem to stay out of trouble.

Our Pick: B-

The arrival of the mysterious Father Michael (William B. Davis) sparks Brother Tomas' interest. Father Michael has come to deliver a dangerous and evil relic to the Order's repository, which secretly houses evil and unnatural objects for safekeeping.

Brother Tomas convinces Gregory to join him as they sneak off to the repository to have a look at the objects kept there. Upon entering, they discover the Wheel of Time, a time-traveling device. But the object that gets most of their attention is the new arrival from Father Michael, an ancient statue of two beautiful women who are believed to be demons trapped by Saint Nicodemus of Alexandria in 1260. Neither Tomas nor Gregory can keep themselves from touching the alluring artifact, and they unwittingly release the demons (Harrell and Mara), who, after injuring Gregory, escape through the Wheel of Time.

Brother Tomas soon discovers that the demons are succubi who seduce and consume men. As his brother lies dying, he is given a chance to redeem himself by going through the Wheel of Time to track down the evil creatures and destroy them. Reluctantly, the young monk takes on the task, traveling through the Wheel only to discover a future world he does not understand.

While the creatures seek to satisfy their centuries-long hunger, Tomas discovers their first victim. The police arrive on the murder scene and take Tomas into custody, believing he may be involved. Detective Rachel Dressler (Ravera) isn't about to believe Tomas' weird story, but strange things start to happen and bodies begin to pile up. Both Tomas and Rachel soon discover that the only way to stop these horrifying demons will be to take a leap of faith.

Evil appetites aren't for everyone

Clive Barker novels are an acquired taste, and the new movie Clive Barker Presents Saint Sinner is no exception. The film offers rich characterization mixed with violence, sex and lots of icky moments which are more unpleasant to watch than scary. Those unpleasant moments are far too common, even though the acting, production and script are good.

By far the greatest pleasure of Saint Sinner is the performance by Greg Serano as Brother Tomas. He is innocent, mischievous and sweet as the movie opens, but his character has depth to it, and Serano's performance holds the film together through its inconsistencies.

The biggest problem is the demons, played by Mara and Harrell. While they do have an otherworldly sense to them, they look so disgusting that it's impossible to imagine any man wanting to go near them. While there's quite a bit of discreetly filmed sex in the film, it's just not very sexy. All the major characters end up covered with demon slime at one point or another, and that certainly spoils the mood.

As far as the story goes, Brother Tomas's tale is intriguing and heartfelt, while the demons don't seem to have much purpose or depth other than to be evil and to give Tomas a reason to go through his journey. If as much care had been given to the demons' development as to Tomas and Rachel, this would have been quite a good tale.

If you're a Barker or a horror fan, Saint Sinner is worth seeing. But beware. The film isn't to everyone's tastes. Still, while Saint Sinner isn't very scary and has far too much demon slime, it does have its moments. — Kathie

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