Tank 432 (2016 film)

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Tank 432 (2016), AKA Belly of the Bulldog

Summary

"There's no turning back. When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you." Soldiers are forced to hide inside an abandoned tank when they come under attack from an unseen enemy. As the forces outside begin to close in, the men realize that the real enemy is already among them.

Details

  • Release Date: 2016
  • Country/Language: UK, English
  • Genres/Technical: Horror, Thriller, Action (war)
  • Setting: Modern (could perhaps fit Weird World War or Delta Green)
  • Runtime: 1 hr 28 min
  • Starring: Rupert Evans, Steve Garry, Deirdre Mullins
  • Director: Nick Gillespie
  • Writer: Nick Gillespie
  • Producer/Production Co: Belstone Pictures
  • View Trailer: (link)
  • IMDB Page: (link)

Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: (not rated) (equivalent to an R for Violence, Profanity, Adult Content)

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)

A standard-issue surreal war/horror film, of the sort that I've been categorizing as "Eldritch Location"... some weird monsters appear in a vision or two, and a lot of nightmare-like surreal imagery is used, but in the end this isn't very "Lovecraftian".

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:

  • Review at BDG Reviews, YouTube - ""
  • Review by Tony Black at Flickering Image dot com, link - "...It does aspire to a certain layer of enigma wrapped inside the ostensibly basic storytelling – rather than being curious, atmospheric and haunting, it’s loud, leaden and baffling in quite what the point of the whole endeavour is...."
  • Review by Jason Dupuis at No Real Danger dot com, link - "...A solid little genre thriller. It has some great moments of high tension and terror but could have benefited from trimming some moments of battle boredom..."
  • Review by Bret Gallman at Oh The Horror!, link - "...Feels like a dull retread of superior movies. This film isn't just cold and alienating — it's blandly conceived, from the muddy, dismal color palette to the leaden pacing..."
  • Review by Elliot Macguire at UK Horror Scene, link - "...Visually stunning, frequently terrifying, viscerally disturbing and genuinely thought-provoking..."
  • Y.Whateley - "My main complaint about this movie: it's like a knock-off of The Blair Witch Project, without the found footage, with a similar cast of unpleasant, screaming characters lost together in a confusing, claustrophobic wilderness, but with none of whatever it was that made Blair... work in terms of atmosphere and pacing. Ultimately, I don't think this movie was a total loss - I don't think I'd feel good at rating it much higher or lower than two out of five stars; fans of surreal/art-war-horror films might find "Tank 432" to be fair filler for their collection, and perhaps fans of Wheatley and Gillespie might be a little more forgiving of the film's shortcomings that your average viewer (I actually don't recognize either name), but this film never really rises or falls too far from the lower end of mediocrity: in its favor are some eerie shots and images, but those aren't enough to make up for an otherwise loud, surly, and unpleasant horror movie with little new to offer audiences who've seen and enjoyed more charismatic horror movies...."


Synopsis (SPOILERS)

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A group of mercenaries seem to be escorting a pair of POWs out of a war zone for interrogation, but are actually part of a test for an experimental mind-altering drug; hallucinatory figures chase the team into hiding in an APC (the "Bulldog" or "Tank" of the film's titles), and in the claustrophobic confines of the vehicle their hallucinations only get worse; how much of the bizarre things they see is reality, and how much hallucination?


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