Horror Movies Supernatural

The Keep – Obsolete special effects but still a fairly enjoyable movie

The KeepThe Keep by Michael Mann on Cine+ Frisson (CanalSat)
My rating: 6 out of 10 stars

Nazis are forced to turn to a Jewish historian for help in battling the ancient demon they have inadvertently freed from its prison.

I have to say that I quite liked this movie. It is a fairly typical 80’s horror movie but the visuals are quite enjoyable. I am not talking about the special effects here, which of course are fairly obsolete by today’s standards, but rather the scenes themselves. The movie frequently have that mystical, eerie tone over it that you would expect from a horror movie with supernatural demons involved.

The plot itself is nothing new. Stupid and greedy guy releases ancient demon. Demon kills a bunch of people. Mystical (supernatural) good guy comes and saves the day. The fact that the movie centers around a Nazi troop is more or less just a pretext for some SS silliness and heated outbursts between the SS commander and Captain Woermann (Prochnow). The movie could just as well have been made around another troop or in another time period.

The acting is of good standard. Jürgen Prochnow and Gandalf, sorry Ian McKellen, are both strong actors. Even so, the enjoyment of this movie is mostly due to the look of the movie. If you watch it be sure to watch it on a decent size screen and in its original wide-screen format.

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