Saturday, November 03, 2012
No Wonder The Nazi's Lost
Captain Ben Grogan (Craig Hall) and Sergeant Joe Tane (Karlos Drinkwater) are on a mission on the eve of D-Day. They are in the Channel Islands and their mission is to destroy a gun bunker in order to make Hitler believe that is the direction the attacks will come from. They get to the shore of one of the islands and have to make their way across a mine field. All the while they can hear screams coming from the bunker. Once there they set explosives, but the screams has Grogan a little too curious. Before they can get in though, the bunker opens and out comes a Nazi. He gets sick before he notices the two men, but oddly he seems excited that they are there. Instead of finding out anything, Grogan kills the guy. Heading into the bunker, they find bodies everywhere. Some bodies look they have been torn apart, while others are dead by their own hand. Eventually they meet Colonel Klaus Meyer (Matthew Sunderland), who has a woman (Gina Varela) captive, but she isn't what she seems and the Colonel will do whatever it takes to keep her there.
The first thing I need to say about The Devil's Rock is that I had a very hard time getting into it at first. I'm not sure why this was the case. I don't know if it was just because I had a long day from work and handing out candy, so was getting pretty tired by this time, or if it was just the film itself. It did start off a little slow, but it did get better for me as it went on. This is a film that doesn't have many cast members. Eventually only three people carry the film. I didn't mind this though since it was around this time that I really started to get into the movie. Up until that point it was just a bunch of screams and dead bodies everywhere. The dead bodies are cool looking, I will give them that, but it just wasn't scary to me at all. Once Matthew Sunderland shows up, things get more interesting. The Nazi's are looking for something in the occult world that will help them win the war. Whatever this woman is, the Colonel doesn't even want to release it into the world. Now things get interesting.
I don't want to say too much about what the woman really is. It isn't all that hard to guess though, and the trailer shows it some, as well as some posters. I didn't know what she was though, and I think that added to the film a lot, so I'm not going to reveal it here. The horror never left the film, but co-writer/director Paul Campion turns the plot more towards a mind game between the woman and the two men. Of course the Colonel knows all about it already, but we learn about it at the same time as Grogan does.
The effects are actually really good. All kinds of dead bodies with guts all over the place and even one with a gun shoved down the throat. The woman in her true form looks surprisingly good as well. It was a nice design that came out well thanks to some good makeup. The acting was pretty good as well. I didn't care for Craig Hall much. Not that his acting was bad, I just didn't care for him much. Gina Varela was pretty good. She had her moments where I didn't like her much, but I thought she did a good as her other self. My favorite was actually Matthew Sunderland. He makes a good bad guy, even though he wasn't the true bad guy here.
Even though I ended up enjoying The Devil's Rock, I still didn't find it to be a great film. It started to get a little corny at times, I thought anyway, and I was getting a little tired of Grogan not trusting Meyer at all. I know they are enemies, and I'm sure I would have a hard time trusting someone I considered an enemy as well. In the situation that they were in though, I would hope I could put that aside and worry about it after. Sure it added some tension early, but was just getting old by the end of the film. Still, if you have yet to check out this New Zealand film (had to throw that in somewhere). It is worth a look.
3 out of 5 Never trust a chained up woman