Published on October 26th, 2012 | by Chris3
Continuing with the Halloween horror-war movie fest, is 2002's Deathwatch. In my opinion, a much under-rated and overlooked movie.
In WWI, British Y-company finds themselves separated from the rest of their forces, and winds up in a nearly abandoned German trench. But, things are not all that they seem here.
I've been going round-and-round trying to figure out how to best describe Deathwatch without spoiling it or otherwise ruining it. I think its best summed up like this: Take an original episode of The Twilight Zone, and turn it up to 11. Really, its about the best melding of the horror and war movie genres that I think I've seen. The "non scary" parts are pretty damned horrific in their own rights. The inhuman conditions of trench warfare during "the big one," the dead bodies everywhere in various states of decomposition, the rain, the cold, the mud, the uncertainty and fear.... Let alone the pure terror of what is about to happen to them.
Speaking of which, the "horror movie" aspect of this unfolds in a such a way that never really leaves you wanting more. It's always pretty original, while still maintaining a certain amount of that old-school Twilight Zone suspense. And you gore lovers can rest assured that you're not forgotten. Trust me.
There are a few familiar faces in this movie, too. Most notably Andy Serkis (Gollum!) as the downright primitive Quinn, and Jamie Bell (Defiance, Flags of our Fathers) as the requisite "rookie" and out-of-place scholar "Shakespeare." Thankfully, apart from a few tell-tale grimaces, Serkis never once reminded me of Gollum, and actually is pretty scary in his own way here.
The ending? Well, lets just say it almost, ALMOST, had my mind turned and hating the whole thing. Because throughout, I found myself going, "boy I sure hope that isn't the case, because that would be dumb and predictable." Thank goodness they turned it around with yet another nod to Mr. Serling...
Deathwatch gets a full 4/5 stars from me. Just because its Halloween and I think its actually a pretty good movie. Oh, and don't ever get paralyzed and left alone in some dark corner of a trench. Trust me.
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1917. THE WESTERN FRONT. A HANDFUL OF SURVIVORS FROM Y-COMPANY ARE UTTERLY LOST IN ENEMY TERRITORY. THEY FIND SHELTER IN AN ABANDONED ENEMY TRENCH & WAIT TO BE RESCUED. BUT AS NIGHT DRAWS, NOBODY COMES...
DVD InformationBinding: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Audience Rating: R (Restricted)
Manufacturer: Lions Gate
Original Release Date:
- Jamie Bell
- Rúaidhrí Conroy
- Mike Downey
- Laurence Fox
- Roman Horák
- Factory sealed DVD
Summary: An awesomely scary and evil trip into the trenches of WWI.