DVD region 2. Anchor Bay Entertainment.
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
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