Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Devil's Rock (2011)

Turning 40 yesterday was so anti-climactic, although, I did get some awesome stuff for gifts from the family (plus an AWESOME Exorcist-themed Birthday Cake). Honestly, when you combine the Lonesome Wyatt CD and Those Poor Bastards shirt from last weekend, with a new grill, a discarded religious shrine box with real exorcism candles and a couple of sweaters, it was an grand day. Of course, my birthday would not have been complete without watching something dark. My selection for the evening was 2011s The Devil’s Rock. Really, could I go wrong with Demons, Nazi’s, War and the Occult?

Plot/ Set in the Channel Islands on the eve of D Day, two Kiwi 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.

Any time I see a Nazi and Occult themed piece, I am drawn in. Unfortunately, these flicks sometimes do not deliver and I feel unsatisfied. That definitely was not the feeling with this low budget entry from New Zealand. This intelligent, character driven horror flick has a lot going for it. The storyline was interesting, the acting solid, the effects (more so bloody scenery) were awesome and the atmosphere was tremendous. Yes, the opening was not the greatest, the CGI (only used a little) was fair, and the lack of overwhelming gore will turn some people off, but they should be the minority. In the end, this smart and dark atmospheric gem should be seen and appreciated. Especially, if like me, you love the mysteries of the Nazi and Occult connection.

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