• Todd Puhl

Movie Review: The Masked Saint

Updated: May 29, 2019


Off the hop you would think he here goes again reviewing another piece of crap flick. I saw a trailer for this around this time last year and noticed that it had Rowdy Roddy Piper in it. Of course with his passing in July of 2015 it was going to be one of his final flicks and I really wanted to check it out.


‘A pastor and professional wrestler accepts a position at a struggling church where he helps the community both in his official capacity and as his alter ego The Saint’

IMDb rating 4.3/10    Metacritic   22/100    Rotten Tomatoes   14%

The basis of the film is a former wrestler who has become a pastor takes over a small congregation in a rundown small town in Michigan.  He alienates the major backer for the church and loses his funding and has to worry about how he is going to keep the lights on.  He struggles as a pastor and almost loses his congregation until he meets Miss Edna who guides him with her faith.  There are many trials and tribulations that ‘The Saint’ runs into from family troubles when burning the candle at both ends when he gets back into wrestling as well as him being a masked vigilante and drawing the ire of the local crime boss.  But in the end he arranges one final match to allow him to help his congregation and church and to defeat the man who put him out of wrestling in the past.


This movie only had a limited release in theatres and I had been looking for a copy of this for some time.  To no avail until finally in the past month I saw it become available.  I actually wanted to watch it right away but some other things have come up and have taken some time away from the reviews.  But I figured when I got back to it that this would be the first one to tackle on the list.


Off the hop you would think he here goes again reviewing another piece of crap flick.  I saw a trailer for this around this time last year and noticed that it had Rowdy Roddy Piper in it.  Of course with his passing in July of 2015 it was going to be one of his final flicks and I really wanted to check it out.

This movie only had a limited release in theatres and I had been looking for a copy of this for some time.  To no avail until finally in the past month I saw it become available.  I actually wanted to watch it right away but some other things have come up and have taken some time away from the reviews.  But I figured when I got back to it that this would be the first one to tackle on the list.


Now there was a pretty limited budget of just over $3 million on this flick and you know what it didn’t cause any concerns for me after watching the movie in its entirety.  The cinematography and scenery were perfect based on the setting for this particular movie in a rundown small town in Michigan.  Now because of the budget they didn’t have a super star studded cast but I think the casting was wonderful.  Brett Granstaff as the lead a relative unknown as an actor but I think he and his wife Lara Jean Chorostecki (Freddie Lounds from Hannibal) was great throughout.  Piper played the promoter of the wrestling fed that ‘The Saint’ wrestles in and he does play a bit of a douche which suits Piper because he was and will always be one of the best heels of all-time.


The plot has a couple of different angles and I feel they were all executed well.  From the building up of the congregation that had been failing in a small town.  The battle within Chris after giving up wrestling and his vigilante tactics,  Overcoming the difference between being selfish and selfless.  I really enjoyed the movie as a whole, now I am not a religious person in the slightest and I don’t know why anyone would have such a hate or such a low opinion of this particular film.  


In the end, this film is one that deals with overcoming all odds and is just a feel good story at the end.  But then again some people might have issue with the whole premise with the pastor and fighting.  Who really knows what people are thinking?  I could look at some of the reviews and comments and see what issues people had but I don’t want to hear the negativity.  


Would I recommend this as a buy?  I would actually and not just to religious people or wrestling fans because that really isn’t the purpose of the flick but a means to tell the story.  Which was based on true events of a pastor in Florida.  It was really nice to see Piper in his final role dealing with the wrestling business as well.  A great heel taken from us far too soon.  But if you get the chance please check this one out I think you will be pleasantly surprised if you give it that chance.


4 Beards out of 5


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