Monday, 4 July 2011
Horror wrought in hard, brutal concrete
Another few handful of positive reviews have appeared for THE DEVIL’S ROCK.
We are described variously as “an original gore-soaked delight” and “the best Kiwi horror since Peter Jackson’s ‘Braindead’” (Screen Jabber), “a gory horror, sure, but it doesn’t follow the same old hackneyed plots and its originality comes with some great tension and twists” (Every Film in 2011), and as “nasty and realistic enough to have you deserting the multiplex like an Army defector” (the Sunday Sport).
Total Film meanwhile reckons we have produced “a silly/creepy chamber piece that throws around intestines like sausages in a Punch and Judy show”. Just to maintain the high brow analysis in this latter review, the movie’s lady star, Gina Varela, is then referred as “a horny l’il devil”.
But hey, any publicity is good publicity as they say (sorry, Gina).
It’s a bit pointless posting the links to these reviews in full, as you can find them all on line easily enough by simply googling. Besides, more assessments should follow imminently as we had our official press screenings last night, so we’re all now waiting with baited breath (or should that be nervous gasps).
Meanwhile, SCREAM MAGAZINE will be doing a full feature on the movie in issue 6, which goes on sale on July 28th. That one may well be worth checking out.
Also for those who missed the brief blog I posted over the weekend, HERE is a teaser clip for the movie, a new one which most of you aren’t likely to have seen before.
Lastly, a little bit of factual background info on the movie. I’ve had my attention drawn to this excellent website, FESTUNG GUERNSEY, which details the German fortifications set up on the island during World War II. One of them – the most similar in appearance to the fictional gun emplacement we use in the movie – is pictured above.
These hideous chunks of concrete dot the otherwise pristine Channel Island coastlines, but no longer really serve as a reminder of tragedy, more of major historical events in which the Channel Islands played a leading role, and, as many of them are now open to the public, they make for some fascinating investigation. If you’re interested in the history and archaeology of World War II, FESTUNG GUERNSEY is certainly one of the places you should start.
Posted by Paul at 15:41