Deathwatch (2002 film)

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Deathwatch, AKA No Man's Land (2002 film)

Summary

In 1917 a malevolent force slowly drives nine soldiers mad while they are trapped in the enemy's corpse-strewn trenches.

Details

  • Release Date: 2002
  • Country/Language: UK/Germany, English, French, German
  • Genres/Technical: Horror, War (Weird World War)
  • Setting: Weird World War (1910s "No Man's Land")
  • Runtime: 1 hr 34 min
  • Starring: Jamie Bell, Rúaidhrí Conroy, Mike Downey, Andy Serkis
  • Director: Michael J. Bassett
  • Writer: Michael J. Bassett
  • Producer/Production Co: ApolloMedia Distribution, Bavaria Film, F.A.M.E. Film & Music Entertainment AG
  • View Trailer: (link)
  • TVTropes Page: (link)
  • IMDB Page: (link)

Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: R (Violence, Adult Content and Nudity, Profanity)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

Not exactly a "Lovecraftian" film in the sense of being based on any of Lovecraft's work or containing references to his creations, though some viewers may find the location and atmosphere suggestive of Lovecraft's work (an "Eldritch Location" film).

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

Reviews

Review Links:

  • Arleigh at Unobtainium13, (link) - "a very good horror-suspense film that made great use of it’s World War I setting and borrowing themes and ideas from similar films.... It’s not a great film by any means, but it’s one of those little-known gems that one hears about and won’t be disappointed once they give it a try...."
  • trommelfeuer at GreatWarFilms, (link) - "The whole film is a bit all over the place but I suppose the worst thing is that it just wasn’t scary. It’s grim and dirty looking but not in any way scary. I think the writers also struggled with a meaningful ending with all these odd shenanigans going on and what they settled on was just rubbish...."
  • Christianne Benedict at Krell Laboratories (link) - "This, the film seems to be saying, is war. And war in this movie, is literally hell."
  • Robert Pardi at TV Guide (2/4 Stars) (link) - "Bassett deserves half a salute for Twilight Zone-ish wallow in WWI misery, which works up some creepy atmosphere between scenes of dehumanizing combat. But the spook show element ultimately seems simultaneously ghoulish and hokey, and the pacifist moral is hammered home with blunt obviousness."

Synopsis

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In the middle of World War I, nine British soldiers caught behind enemy lines seek refuge in a complex network of German trenches. What they soon discover is that they aren't alone - and it isn't a German soldier that's hunting them down.


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