Vincent Cassel Can't Keep His Cassock Closed In Supernatural Thriller 'The Monk'
Long before Pope Benedict XVI stepped down as the head of the sexual scandal-scarred Catholic Church, the 18th-Century novelist and dramatist Matthew G. Lewis' was inspired to write The Monk, a gothic supernatural novel about a man of the cloth who is tempted and corrupted by (cue ominous music)...Satan! More than two centuries later, filmmaker Dominik Moll (Lemming, With A Friend Like Harry) has brought the cult classic to the screen starring Vincent Cassel as Brother Ambrosio, the titular Capuchin monk who is led way astray.
Here's the synopsis:
Abandoned at birth at the gates of a Capuchin monastery in Madrid, Brother Ambrosio (Vincent Cassel), raised by the friars, grows up into a preacher admired far and wide for his fervor. Ambrosio is feared for his righteousness and believes he is immune from temptation - until the arrival of a mysterious apprentice undermines his convictions and leads him down a dangerous path of sin, corruption and murder.
First up, is the film's Red Band trailer which has a bit of a vampire vibe initially — the actress is Deborah Francois — and then gets all sexy and stuff.