The Devil's Tomb (2008)
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Critic Reviews for The Devil's Tomb
There are ways to get around the film's hopelessly cramped space and scope, but director Jason Connery opts to try to make an underground thriller, which just underscores the movie's cheapness at almost every turn.
The Devil's Tomb makes for passable entertainment assuming you aren't completely put off by the predictable plot machinations.
Audience Reviews for The Devil's Tomb
I like Cuba Gooding Jr, I like Ron Perlman, I like "B" horror films, but I did not like this. Not one bit. Why is it that some horror films with religious overtones (an often good genre, especially when preventing hell from opening) feel the need to pile on so much made up dogma and BS? It never holds up (even assuming suspension of disbelief) and it always detracts from the story. And in a case like this when it IS the story, it leaves you with nothing but a pile of absolute rubbish.
A really sub par horror film that has very very little going for it. An amazingly generic plot line that, while unimaginative and cliche, still somehow manages to lose itself. A story that seemingly exists simply to rip off other much more successful horror films such as 'Alien', 'Predator', 'Hellraiser', 'Event Horizon', and several others. The flow of the movie is slow, and seems to pull in different directions. Any momentum the film manages to generate is repeatedly destroyed by the constant interruptions by uninteresting and largely repeated flashback scenes. Despite having a recognizable cast, there is no performance worth seeing here, save Ron Perlman who only has a small role, but I always enjoy it when the devil gets philosophical. I also have to single out Henry Rollins who, while awful, was interestingly out of place as a priest. What on earth happened to Cuba Gooding Jr.?? I remember when he was an incredibly talented actor staring in good films and gaining a ton of critical praise. Somehow now he starring in direct to DVD piece of crap films turning in piece of crap performances. Some nice gore effects and boobage shots combine with the recognizable rip-off aspects of other films to keep this from being a total bomb, but there is little to recommend.
Let me be clear. I'm giving this one star for Perlman and Winstone, and them *only*. Even Gooding, Jr. falls flat. Hardly his fault, though, seeing as the script was a gigantic mess and the plot even more so. Copious amounts of gore and "Gotcha!" moments won't save a film. *Especially* not this one. [shudder] Avoid at all costs.
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