You may have already seen this when it was done before and called Night of the Demons!
The Convent (2000)
Directed By: Mike Mendez (The Gravedancers)
So this little numbers from 2000 comes to us due to the fact I had to watch a series of movies about Nuns for the Horrorphilia podcast. Which may not be as much fun as it might sound to be 100% honest with you. Also, oddly enough, I had never heard of The Convent before now, which can’t be good seeing as how something that’s been out this long would probably be talked about a lot more if it were in fact good right? Well, it’s not BAD but I wouldn’t call it GOOD either. It is kinda fun. But the main problem with the film is there’s just too much that seems like Night of the Demons. It’s like a cheap rip off.
A group of college students break into an abandoned convent and become possessed by demonic spirits. When all hell breaks loose, it becomes Night of the Demons Lite, but we at least get the odd combo of Coolio and Bill Moseley as cops! You like Bill Moseley right? I mean here’s a chance for you to see him playing something besides what he always plays. Well, he DID play a cop in Babysitter Wanted but that came much later than this so that doesn’t count right??? Anyway, there’s some fun moments, some blood, and a lot of things that just come off as average in this thing…Yay!?
To spite any faults this one might have, there are some interesting characters. Well, maybe about two to three that are interesting and the rest are pretty much throwaway worthy. Unfortunately for the film it’s main character (Clorissa) is one of the ones you don’t care anything about. There IS one rather hot and interesting character, that I can’t name due to it being a spoiler when I say what I’m about to say. sadly, she doesn’t last near as long as she should have and when you take her out of the film you’re not left with much to latch on to at all. That’s just bad writing there.
If you can look past the fact it really REALLY comes off as some half-assed Night of the Demons sequel, there is a little bit of fun to be had here. There’s some funny moments, it’s kinda gory from time to time, and it doesn’t seem to drag to much. That being said, a lot of the stuff comes off as just be “there”. Nothing major, nothing worth writing home about, just kinda there as the movie runs it’s course. The characters are your typical late 90’s/early 2000 characters. It’s pretty cliche. And I’m not sure it warrants much of re-watch value when you get passed the kinda fun but not mind blowing first viewing.
Then we have our ending. I won’t spoil it, but it’s kinda dumb and you see it coming from a mile away. If you watch this movie and you get the very last few minutes you will without question be able to call what happens next, and that’s not a very good thing what so ever. Would it kill people to not go by the numbers every now and again? Would it have killed someone to have let the best character in the film survive to at least NEAR the end? I don’t have the answers to that unfortunately. So the final verdict from me is it’s KINDA fun but nothing to write home to Mom about.
There’s not enough originality to strongly recommend it but it’s OK. I’d suggest just watching Night of the Demons or the remake of it instead of watching this, but you might not hate it too much if you settle for The Convent. Still like to know who had the lame idea to make a boring character the lead and kill off the only really interesting one soo soon.
The Rating (6/10)