Sunday, 1 July 2012

Deathwatch (2002)

Starring a very British cast this is a First World War horror films that follows a platoon of British Soldiers who get cut off and end up in a German trench and they first discover some issues when they notice how the German Soldiers had died. Starring Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Hugo Speer, Rhuaidri Conroy, Mike Downey, Kris Marshall and Laurence Fox it follows them as they try to get back in touch with their commanders and try to stay safe in hellish conditions.

This is quite an atmospheric piece and there are some creepy things going on but very quickly in the trench as the viewer you know something supernatural is about. They are not teases in anyway and very quickly it becomes about seeing how everybody will die, as you know they will and seeing how they are each going to snap. There is an attempt at the end of the film to give a moral and there is a point that the evil is non-discriminatory as it has taken down Brits and Germans a like.

The acting in this is excellent and really has an effects on you. You feel wet cold and muddy after watching the film. It falls into the typical horror film realms of you have no where to go for whatever reason, therefore you are stuck. There is some okay tension but I watched this for a second time and was half way through before I remembered what had happened and that I had even seen it before. I would say that there is very little appeal in this film and it is a 2 star avoid from me. I will say if you want to see British Horror then it is worth checking out, presuming you have lots of time to see different movies as there are better offerings out there. 

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