The Devil's Rock (2012)
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Critic Reviews for The Devil's Rock
A low-budget but well-made horror flick that earns points due to two strong leads and some slick visual effects.
For all its gore, The Devil's Rock is an undercooked chiller, but it cleverly uses the conventional tropes of diabolism to comment on the horrors of war.
By keeping the action confined to the tunnels and cells of the blockhouse, Campion creates a claustrophobic setting, but for all the gore and demonic transmogrification, there's a distinct lack of chills and frights.
This is far from original, but the claustrophobic setting and bloody prosthetic carnage should entertain undemanding horror fans.
Audience Reviews for The Devil's Rock
Different than most war movies and most horror movies. Some intense acting and interesting twists. Plus a bombshell lead actress. Take a chance on this film and allow yourself to be pleasantly surprised
Effective and thrilling New Zealand horror film that has a very idea for its plot. This is among the better genre films that have come out from New Zealand in quite some time. The film has very good acting, a good plot, good effects and effective directing that keeps the material engaging despite it's slow pace. Director Paul Campion delivers a film that should appeal to diehard horror hounds and it is a fun, entertaining flick that has such effective, chilling moments that it is refreshing to see films like this to come out once in a while to remind horror fans that there are still great horror filmmakers out there making quality horror titles. The Devil's Rock is a must see film, and it delivers some great performances and has some awesome special effects which should please gore fans everywhere. Add to that, that director Campion uses his ideas as a message about the horrors of war and how no one wants to go through that. This is terrific filmmaking and one of the most memorable low-budget horror titles in quite some time. The Devil's Rock is a standout film that manages to overcome such imperfections such as budgetary constraints to create something that looks great on-screen and is a well constructed picture from start to finish. Expect something different, but very well done, and if you're tired of the same old remakes, this film may give you that entertaining factor that you want out of a horror film. This is not perfect, but it nonetheless manages to be a well made piece of low-budget horror cinema that is the best New Zealand horror film ever. A must see for genre fans.
The Devil's Rock is a bloody little horror movie that I really enjoyed. The link between the occult and Nazis has been explored many time in horror movies, but I've never seen it done quite the way it's seen here. The setting is an island in the English Channel, shortly before D-Day. Two soldiers from New Zealand sneak onto it on a mission to blow up a Nazi anti-aircraft gun. The pair are lured deeper into the bunker by the screams of a woman after completing their task, and stumble upon a true horror. The Devil's Rock has a small cast and is primarily set in one location, but those settings and characters are used very well. So are the practical special effects, which were pretty fantastic for a production this small. What I liked most about the movie was the pacing, which gradually ratcheted up the tension until I was almost squirming by the end. This isn't the kind of flick that relies on jump scares and loud noises to get your heart thumping. Instead it layers on the menace and foreboding. As I mentioned earlier, I really enjoyed it. If you're the kind of horror fan who gets a kick out of a good demon story and likes the more low-key, atmosphere and character-driven approach, definitely give this a try.
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