“Born in parts unknown with deep roots in the Rom, Dom, and especially Lom Gypsy Tribes, Paul Sampson, once better known as Menas or the “Evil King Menas”, and now notoriously known as “SAMPSON” throughout the U.S., U.K., Eastern Europe and other locations worldwide that host seedy night time ‘venues’, (he) was exposed to various cultures and accents throughout his childhood and early teenage years; an influence he would explore and call upon throughout his stage and film career, and several year stint as a con man.
And oh yeah, he’s also acted in a crap load of plays and movies (Whacked, If You Only Knew, Deuces Wild, blah blah blah) and stuff, including his latest film, NIGHT OF THE TEMPLAR, which he also wrote, directed, and produced.”— Paul Sampson
The above description of Actor/Director/Writer/Producer of Night Of The Templar was written by Paul Sampson, as his introduction to a podcast that I co-host . Needless to say, it was a mouthful and I think, I many have been set up by Sampson, who later claimed that he may or may have not written said introduction. In any event, his description of himself prepared me for the ride of my life as his vast experiences shine through in his film. The following is a review that I wrote and it still stands true.
“I ordered Night of the Templar because I am a huge Paul Sampson and Norman Reedus fan, having seen them work together in previous films. Let me just say, I was NOT disappointed. Do not let the cover of the DVD mislead you. This is not just an historical medieval film. It has many layers to it…revenge/murder/mystery/intrigue/erotica/campy dark humor and action
Paul Sampson wrote, directed, produced and starred in the film, which is an achievement in itself. He has the uncanny ability and talent to change his persona in every role……he is a true chameleon. He, also, achieved as casting director to gather an incredible ensemble of actors…the legendary David Carradine, Norman Reedus, Billy Drago and Udo Kier. They all bring their unique talents to the screen. Carradine, in his last film appearance, gives his subtle sarcastic humor to his role as the shopkeeper. Norman Reedus, from The Walking Dead, is pure genius and does magical things with oranges, pretzels and cigarettes. Udo Kier, of Blade, portrays the sinister, voyeuristic Father Paul and Billy Drago of The Untouchables gives an hilarious campy performance as the cross dressing cook, Shauna.
The transitions between Medieval times and Modern times are effortless. The stunts are amazing and the soundtrack is superb. This is a must see film and should be seen many times. Everytime you watch, you discover something new….something you may have missed before….and before….and before. This is truly a soon to be cult classic”
Those were my words in 2012 and I am sticking to them. Night of the Templar can be streamed via iTunes and purchased online at Walmart through the website http://www.nightofthetemplar.com
I would like to take this opportunity to present the new and improved movie poster for Night of the Templar, designed by the extremely talented Lisa Rubenstein. It has been given the stamp of approval by Sampson, and…long story short….he was blown away by Ms. Rubenstein’s interpretation of his film. So, be blown away….