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5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest ever World War II horror movie, 21 Feb 2010
This review is from: The Keep [1983] (VHS Tape)
During World War II a battalion of German soldiers take over a mysterious castle. But deep within the dungeons a primal evil force is stirring...

This is a relatively unknown movie that the studios hated so much they edited the original three-hour running time down by around half, thereby ensuring the finished product makes little sense. But still, there's plenty to enjoy. The movie features a complex telling of the old dark house tale and gives it a more serious treatment than it needs. The result is a product that is barking mad, and when combined with a Tangerine Dream soundtrack, it plays for much of its length like the ultimate 80s rock video. In fact I'm sure I've seen a lot of the imagery here re-appearing in a various pop-promos.

Although the film maintains a high standard of visual excess, the closing sequence is one of the most ludicrous ever committed to film. In it a nameless creation from Hell stomps around the corpses of dozens of murdered Germans, while the dry-ice machine tries not to blow a gasket. And the only thing that can save civilization from annihilation is a bloke with weird eyeballs and a glowing stick and Sir Ian McKellen's overacting. What follows is an epic scenery chewing battle, while all the time the soundtrack belts out and it's anyone's guess what's going on. It's so silly and pretentious it perhaps explains why this film has been buried. It's the sort of film only someone with a big budget and no executive control would make, and it is magnificent. I urge you to see this film. You'll love it.
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Initial post: 8 Feb 2014 17:09:05 GMT
Timelord007 says:
Loved this review, Reminded me of gettting my parents to hire this from the video shop as I love horror & the sleeve looked scary.

Great in depth review gets my vote.
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