Sea of Dust (2009)





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First time director/screenwriter Scott Bunt pays tribute to the classic Hammer Studio films of yesteryear and the stylish shockers of director Mario Bava with this gruesome tale of an oppressive evil that washes over a small village of innocents. Inspired by the gruesome legend of Prester John, Sea of Dust traces the monstrous villain's efforts to sacrifice the "psychologically vulnerable" at the alter of evil. A diabolical ideology has been unleashed on the land, and as the young and pure of heart are forced to suffer unimaginable torture, a desperate few set out in search of answers. But time is running out fast, because Prester John (Tom Savini) and his sadistic disciple Anna (Ingrid Pitt) are hell bent on wholesale slaughter. An epic social satire disguised as a blood-soaked Grand Guignol horror film, Sea of Dust features gruesome special effects work by Josh Turi (Wendigo, Unfaithful), and supporting performances from Stuart Rudin (Silence of the Lambs) and Bill Timoney (All My Children).
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Tom Savini
as Prester John
Troy Holland
as Stefan Christoph
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A period piece set in the 19th century sprinkled with a little blood here and there. The only notable thing in the flick is the presence of horror icon Tom Savini in the role of Prester John, a mythical Christian king, with magical powers. He's returned from beyond the eponymous sea to "share the suffering of Christ" with the world in the most literal sense. With good writers and good actors, this could have been a good film. It certainly has an interesting central idea, making a head-on attack on the theme of the necessity of suffering in Christianity and its forays into suffering inflicted on others in the name of salvation. Unfortunately, the acting in "Sea of Dust" is uniformly horrible and the screenplay barely coherent, zipping back and forth in the story as a plot device. There is some blood, but for the most part the story revolves around Prester John's control of people's minds, and the scenes in which he appears are ludicrous. Tom Savini is a wooden, boring actor, playing his role with all the skill of a ten year old in a school play. The action scenes in the film make up neither for none of it. Leave this one in the dust.

Brian Seitzman
Brian Seitzman

A mythological crusader king possesses the bodies of 19th century Germans to manifest his sadistic religious ideology in this world. An attempt to recreate a Hammer-type period atmosphere with community-theater level acting, gore, and a heavy-handed anti-religious message, but if you crave B-movie weirdness and can get through the first half, it turns into a crazed and confusing "dreams inside of dreams" battle for the protagonist's soul that should keep you watching.

Greg S
Greg S

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