Priests (2011) is a futuristic horror with spaghetti-western overtones.
The Church has created a Cathedral City which is an absolute dictatorship
ruled according to the motto "Faith Work and Security". Its power depends on
its ability to protect the people from the vampires, which have been defeated
and kept in their own reservation.
The Church has trained a small number of "priests" who are actually
superwarriors in charge of fighting the few remaining vampires at large.
The Hero loses his best friend in one of these encounters.
The priests live a secluded life, isolated from and avoided by the rest
of the population.
The vampires attack an isolated outpost in the desert where a religious
family lives. They kill the mother, mortally wound the father (who happens to
be the Hero's brother) and kidnap
their teenage daughter, Lucy.
The Hero is informed by a friend of his brother, Higgs, who also happens
to be in love with Lucy, of the attack. The Hero asks permission to chase
the vampires but the cardinal in charge of the Cathedral City refuses to
grant him permission because he does not want the people to know that there
are still vampires at large. The Hero is admonished that disobedience
amounts to immediate excommunication. The Hero decides to rebel and
takes off with Higgs. The cardinal orders the other priests to chase
him, and the squad includes the chaste Heroine who secretely loves him.
The Hero reaches the outpost just in time to hear his brother's last words
and promises to kill the vampires and rescue Lucy.
Hero and Higgs ride superfast motorcycles to the reservation and find that
the vampires are on the loose. The Heroine has defected and wants to join
the Hero. The trio realizes that the vampires are
attacking the nearby town. In fact, the town is being devastated.
By the time the trio reaches the town, three priests have been crucified
and the town has become a ghost town with not a single soul left.
The Heroine comments that there must be many mouths to feed if the whole
population has disappeared.
They realize that the vampires are traveling in a train: they move by
day and feed by night. They also guess that the train's final destination
if the Cathedral City, left unprotected after the Hero fled and the
cardinal sent the others to chase him. Kidnapping Lucy was a trap
to draw the Hero away. What they don't know is that the leader of the vampires
is the Hero's best friend, who has becme a vampire.
Higgs does not trust the Hero: he knows that the Hero will kill Lucy if she
has been infected; but the Hero reveals that Lucy is his daughter, raised
by his brother. The trio rides through the desert and catches up with
the train. While Higgs explores the cars full of cocoons in which the
vampires are sleeping, and the Heroine looks for a way to blow up the
train, the Hero finds his old friend, who tells him that the queen of
the vampires turned him into a rare human vampire. The Hero refuses to
join their ranks and the two fight a kungfu duel on the roof of the train.
Higgs joins the Hero and they find where the traitor keeps Lucy, but the
traitor is stronger: Higgs is blown off the train, and the Hero is
left to die in a burning car. However, the Hero frees himself, Higgs finds
a convenient motorcycle and the Heroine blows up the train (by riding
straight into hit). In the resulting explosion everybody dies except
(of course) the trio and Lucy. Lucy joins her beau Higgs. The Hero and
the Heroine are a chaste couple. The Hero returns to the Cathedral City
to show everybody the evidence of the vampires and to tell everybody
that the Churd is lying. Then he and the Heroine leave to continue their
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