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THE DEVIL'S ROCK
DVD region 2. Metrodome .

The Devil's RockOn the eve of D-Day, a couple of New Zealander commandos (their nationality a sop to the film’s financiers rather than a sensible plot point) land on a remote Channel Island to take out a German bunker. On hearing the cries of people apparently being tortured, the pair venture inside the fortress, only to find dead Nazis and an ominous occult book. When one of the commandos is offed by a surviving Nazi , the survivor has to team up with his enemy to fend off a demon, summoned as part of Hitler’s occult obsessions, that is able to take the form of loved ones in order to seduce its victims, and which has managed to escape its bonds.

The Devil’s Rock is a film that really should be good, but somehow fails to live up its own ambition. While the film certainly looks impressive, the story and the action are far too hackneyed and predictable, and little that happens makes real sense. For instance, once our hero has seen what appeared to be his dead wife transform into a monster, you’d think he’d be fairly safe from being seduced again, but sure enough, as soon as the demon takes his wife’s form again, he’s all torn and confused. The dialogue suggests screenwriter Paul Finch was being paid extra each time someone says ‘fuck’, and the characters are pretty one-dimensional – you immediately know the Nazi character can’t be trusted (he has all the depth of a 1960’s British comic book Nazi) while the two commandos are both pretty annoying.

The Devil's RockThe demon, sadly, is like a female version of Tim Curry in Legend – hardly a scary creation, and made worse with an Exorcist-style double-tracked deep voice. I’d be genuinely surprised if audiences weren’t guffawing throughout its cliché-ridden screen time. The gore is plentiful and impressive, but no film can live by gore alone, and this film wastes some early atmospherics and instead ploughs into a noisy but tedious exorcism scene that feels as though it’s taking up half the running time.

The Devil’s Rock has some great locations, impressive sets and strong moments, but on the whole, it feels like a low-end rehash of The Keep that is not so much bad as nondescript.

The DVD does have extensive – if rather strangely edited – behind-the-scenes footage that is actually a lot more interesting that the final film.

DAVID FLINT

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