Saturday, October 6, 2012
The Devil's Rock (2011)
The Devil’s Rock doesn’t feature any true scares, but I still enjoyed Paul Campion’s directing. Campion created a very believable bleak atmosphere, and the eerie silence throughout the bunker (the main setting for this film) really pulled everything together. Plus, the gruesome sight of dismembered dead bodies provides a genuine haunting feeling for the isolated deathtrap. The Devil’s Rock features some good tension every now and then, and Campion’s directing is one the major highlights for this film.
You won‘t see any genuine jump scares, or spooky moments here, but I enjoyed the verbal dueling between Grogan and Meyer. It’s Grogan’s morals and ethics VS Meyer’s loyalty to his country, but at the same time, you can sense the conflict in Meyer. Meyer has to make a choice: he can unleash the deadly demon, and Germany will win the war, or he can put a stop to the demon’s viscous wrath, because Meyer is the only one, who possesses the necessary knowledge, that could destroy the creature once and for all. Meyer and Grogan play a deadly game of cat and mouse, and this film will throw a surprising twist at you towards the end.
The Devil’s Rock is an independent film, and the majority of low-budget effects are noticeably bad. The demon looks like a character from a cartoon show, and this is a MAJOR problem, because 90% of the story revolves around the demon. The demon is suppose to inspire fear, intimidation, and terror, but the sight of the demon almost brought a few laughs out of me. Don’t believe me? Here take a look:
The Devil’s Rock has its problems (mainly in the make-up/special effects department), but I appreciate the effort to give horror fans something different. The Devil’s Rock brings a thought-provoking approach to the horror genre, and this film should please the bloodthirsty horror fans, who crave graphic violence.
Final Rating: 5/10