Writing and Reviews – Denise Pasutti
Synopsis: Set in the Channel Islands on the eve of D Day,two New Zealand commandos, sent to destroy German gun emplacements to distract Hitler’s forces away from Normandy, discover a Nazi occult plot to unleash demonic forces to win the war. (From IMDB)
Kiwi’s, Nazis and Demons (oh my) – Craig Hall (Captain Ben Grogan); Gina Varela (Helena); Karlos Drinkwater (Sergeant Joe Tane); Luke Hawker (Private Muller); Jessica Grace Smith (Nicole)
My Take on the Flick: The first thing I thought when I saw the title of this flick was, woo Slayer!!! But it’s not that kind of rock – it’s actually a rock or island. This movie is easy to judge by the poster and I was leery about trying it until I watched a preview and was impressed by the production value and acting. I really enjoyed this movie. There was blood and gore but it didn’t detract from the story. The occult and Hitler’s interest in it to further his plan for world domination sets the stage, proposing that the SS were in search of occult tools to further the war in Germany’s favour. I don’t know much about this aspect of World War II but it works in this movie without being over the top or featuring cheesy rituals-mostly. Some of what happens is predictable – how the commandos end up facing a demon and how the face off between the adversaries ends – but it was still enjoyable. The film is a New Zealand horror flick and I think this is the first horror show I’ve seen from there. The acting was solid and the demon make up effects were good – not over the top, not minimalist.
Yah or Nah: A hearty Yah. It has a good balance of creepiness, gore and an interesting story. Don’t be put off by the poster art work. This is a good movie and worth a rent.