Has anyone else seen this?? You’ve all probably already reviewed The Devil’s Rock and I just totally missed it in my busyness. E, have YOU seen this?? Cause I think you would really dig it, like TOTES!
According to Netflix, this was a horror flick (and I mean, c’mon look at that cover!) but I wouldn’t categorize it as horror at all. I’m of the opinion that just because there’s a demon in a movie, that doesn’t make it horror but maybe that’s just me. I think I’d call this one more a “war drama with supernatural elements”. Oh, and don’t let that cover fool you into thinking this is some wicked cool Nazi exploitation type film either because I kinda thought there would be an Isla, She Wolf of the SS vibe happening but that’s nowhere to be found. All that aside, I dug this. Not the kind of dig that would make me watch it again but the kind that makes me go “Oh yay, I’m glad I didn’t turn that off after the first 20 minutes like I seriously considered!”.
Our story starts on the eve of D-Day when two New Zealand soldiers arrive on Forau Island. After navigating a beach planted with mines and tank traps, they are distracted by the sound of screams and gunfire. They approach a German fortification to increasing sounds of distress. Also this whole navigation takes TWENTY MINUTES. Just wanna throw that out there. I don’t mind a slow burn at all but this is the point where I almost stopped watching. There wasn’t a lot of character building going on in this time really, very minute as there was almost no dialogue, and not being a fan of war movies this had me concerned I’d opened up the wrong movie on Netflix. But let’s continue shall we?
Soldiers kill a Nazi and head into the fortress only to find a whole bunch of other Nazis dead in varying degrees of gore not to mention a little book of black magic. One soldier dies while the other is captured by the only Nazi left alive in the building and, after he is tortured for a bit, our soldier discovers that the Nazis called forth a demon, a shapeshifter, to use against the Allies. DAMN.
Now our Nazi is pleading with our soldier to help him banish the demon before it’s too late and our soldier is being tempted by the demon who has taken the form of his dead wife, Helena. What’s a soldier to do?? I say watch The Devil’s Rock and find out!
Although not what I was expecting going in, this is a nice drama with sufficient gore and not a bad build up of tension. I was surprised at the lack of cheese factor (there was only one instance where I giggled inappropriately) and surprised (in the good way) by just how much I enjoyed this. Rainy day or looking for something other than a supernatural haunted house movie? Give this one a go.
Editor’s Note: Please excuse any spelling/grammar/mistakes of any kind as I’m functioning on 4 hours of sleep.
Posted on 2013.13.March, in Horror, New Zealand Cinema and tagged better than expected, demons can be pretty too y'all, nazi movies, new zealand cinema, non-horror horror movies, the devil's rock. Bookmark the permalink. 29 Comments.
I’ve come across this searching through Netflix. Like I’ve said on other blogs I tend to avoid newer stuff for the most part
Well, if you ever change your mind, check it out.
At some point I might check it out but with so many 70s and 80s flicks I haven’t seen or seen in years I got a lot to see. I’ll get to the newer stuff when its retro lok
Misty!! Did you get some sleep?? I have ~ TOTES ~ passed this up dozens of times and I’m not sure why….? You have inspired me once again!! I’ll check it out soon. I don’t know if you’re into it but there’s some big time college basketball coming up so it might be just a little bit : )
I DID get some sleep!! Yay!! I will NOT be getting a lot of sleep tonight however – BOO! And yay for checking it out! Hopefully you like it as much as I’m thinking you will. I don’t do the whole sports thing but enjoy your basketball! 🙂
LOL, another Nazi exploitation film? I think we have enough of them in this world. Not saying I won’t watch it though. 🙂
Hehe, NOT a Nazi exploitation film! I just thought it would be. It’s just a war drama that has Nazis (and a demon) in it. Hope you enjoy it! 🙂
If any of you have been avoiding this because you think its a “new” style movie, with CGI effects and explosions every ten seconds, I have to tell you, it is something much different. The film is based on great writing and sharp dialogue. And YES, I reviewed it about a year ago and obviously nobody took my advice and looked for this great flick! 🙂 And I even had it as one of my TOP Picks for movies I’ve seen in 2012.
Ahhh, I will have to go find your review because I wasn’t reading you a year ago! 🙂 Nice to know someone else has seen and enjoyed it!
I know, just my lame attempt at trying to be funny 😦
I only had like 6 followers back then. If you really want to read the review, go to my ‘best of..” category – and find my “best of 2012.” there’s a link on that page to the review.
Lol, it WAS funny so no frowny faces! :-p
And I do want to read it and get your take so thanks for the directions on where to find it. 🙂
This one definitely took time to get moving, but it grew on me over the course of the movie.
Agreed! I almost didn’t make it past the guys on the beach but was very glad I did.
Hmm interesting, I may give it a shot 😀
Cool, lemme know if you do. 🙂
Nazis and demons but no cheese factor? What a missed opportunity…
Oh don’t worry, there are sooooo many Nazi + demons + cheese factor movies out there…well at least Nazi + cheese + horror…I don’t actually know about the demon part….
Really? I’ve only seen Nazis at the Centre of the Earth. I feel that there’s a whole niche market I’ve missed out on!
I can’t think of all the names now but yeah, there’s a whole Nazi genre out there – Dead Snow, Iron Sky…there’s a couple I’m aware of. 🙂
My God, and here I was trying to better myself through tertiary education. Hell with that now!
Good review. Might have to check this one out.
Cool, if you do, let me know what you thought!
I might still check it out since it’s streaming.
Cool, let me know if you like! 🙂
I’m loving the visuals you share here. Female demonic characters are weirdly fascinating to me.
They can definitely be fascinating. This one was interesting because of how they showed her “fake self” versus “real self”.
This one isn’t available on the UK Netflix 😦 … Will have to find it elsewhere I like the sound of it ! 🙂
Maybe Amazon streaming? I hope you’re able to find it! 🙂