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STONEHENGE APOCALYPSE
DVD region 2. Anchor Bay Entertainment.

Stonehenge ApcalypseFilms and TV shows about the malign influence of ancient stone circles used to be all the rage in the 1970’s, but have been thin on the ground recently, so it’s good to see Stonehenge Apocalypse turning up to put things right – not to mention bringing us the first UK-set (though Canadian shot) end of the world since Lifeforce. And thankfully, this TV movie (some of you may have already caught it on SyFy) delivers all the thrills, silliness and high camp nonsense that the title promises.

Supernatural’s Miasha Collins stars as Dr Jacob Glaser, an acclaimed scientist turned conspiracy theorist who catches wind of strange electro-magnetic pulses (three words you’ll hear a lot in this film) reaching from Maine to Stonehenge, where a party of tourists are fried by said pulses in the opening scene. Travelling to England, he is arrested at the stones, which have been cordoned off by the military, but eventually he convinces scientist Torri Higginson that his theory about Stonehenge being part of some ancient terraforming system is valid, and she helps him locate an ancient key while pyramids across the world erupt into unconvincing CGI earthquakes.

Unfortunately, not only are they in a race again time (during the thirty hour timespan of the film, characters have to cross the Atlantic several times), with both the EMP countdown nearing its apocalyptic end and the (American) military planning a nuclear strike on Stonehenge, but they also have to deal with a cult who see this as a rebirth for the chosen members of humanity and are determined to ensure that the apocalypse is not stopped.

Delivered with straight-faced determination from the cast and directed with no-nonsense efficiency by Paul Ziller, Stonehenge Apocalypse is great fun – the mix of dodgy effects, ridiculous dialogue, questionable accents and a fast-paced, almost entirely predictable plot (the cult do come out of left field, it has to be said) make this a more-than-acceptable time waster that will keep most people entertained for 90 minutes. Is it good? Not really... but it is fun.

The DVD comes with a solid ‘behind the scenes’ documentary and trailer.

DAVID FLINT

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