I applaud the Sci-Fi Channel for having the balls to air Clive Barker Presents Saint Sinner. But, as expected, I’m disappointed. The Sci-Fi Channel is rather conservative, so I kinda figured their new movie about succubi wouldn’t be all that.
Based on a story by Clive Barker, but written and directed by others, Saint Sinner tells the story of a monk sent through time to destroy two succubi he inadvertently released. A succubus is a female demon that takes the life force from male victims. Sci-Fi tried to plug the movie as “erotic suspense”, but while the show may have pushed the envelope to a certain extent because of the subject matter, it was not at all erotic.
The movie was also needlessly yucky. I say yucky because it wasn’t gory, but it was, well, yucky. It also was also very cheesy.
I was hoping for really hot looking demonettes, but no such luck. Well, one looked OK (Rebecca Harrell) despite the garish make-up, but the other was pretty ugly. I say that with no offense to actress Mary Mara, who’s a decent actress, although this marks the third time I see her playing a hooker.
As the fish out of water monk, Greg Serano did a decent job, as did his obligatory "understanding cop" friend, Gina Ravera. The best thing about Saint Sinner though was the relationship between the two demon “sisters”, but that is woefully underdeveloped as the “hero” gets more screen time and all the exposition falls on his shoulders.
I wonder if there is a better movie here that wasn’t cut away by the censors at Sci-Fi? If there’s a DVD release of Saint Sinners I might have to check that out.