The Keep (1983)

July 6, 2009 - 5:33am | FrighT MasteR
  Tags: 80's, Alberta Watson, based on book, demon, evil, Gabriel Byrne, Ian McKellen, Michael Mann, nazis, Scott Glenn, underrated

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Michael Mann
Scott Glenn, Alberta Watson, Gabriel Byrne, Ian McKellen,

I heard some positive stuff on this film, which led me to check the film out. It wasn't too bad, pretty much as I expected. It was interesting to see a lot of famous faces that normally don't star in horror films in this movie; pretty simple plot. Nazis are sent to guard an old building which is believed to be holding something within. Eventually one of the Nazis opens up a doorway for whatever was prisoned inside to be freed.

Very interesting concept to have Nazis mixed in all of this. The film starts off pretty fast and interesting. I don't really see many Nazis in horror films and I liked how they pulled it off in this movie. The effects for the film weren't too bad; had some nice colors towards the end. The demon we see later on doesn't look too bad. Kind of too buff in my opinion, but had some cool glowing eyes. There was a nice dark atmosphere through most of the movie, but I found some of the fog to be annoying in certain scenes. It was kind of hard to make out what's going on sometimes towards the end.

The acting was done well by Ian McKellen, whom you may know Gandalf from Lord of the Rings and Gabriel Byrne from End of Days. Also there's Scott Glen from Training Day -- a lot of famous faces, which made the movie all the better, in my opinion. Wasn't much for gore, but there was some decent blood. Would have given the movie a higher rating, but the fog was a bit annoying in parts and I found a few holes in the plot.

One of the better horror films to come out of the 80s. Has a lot of famous faces and some interesting colors and effects. Check this out if you're looking for something to rent.

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