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Movie Review – The Devil’s Rock

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Kiwi films are often a mixed bag sadly, and there have always been varied excuses why this is, but really I think people underestimate how hard it is to tell a good story well. Another aspect though, I feel, is that often people here are too scared to take a risk and do something different, and dare I say, often make something that’s purely commercial. So when I see horror films being made here, even though they are often low budget, it makes me happy as it shows that there are people trying something different, and maybe not purely trying to make a film festival audience happy with just another family or personal drama. So when I got my invite for the new low budget kiwi horror film ‘The Devil’s Rock’, I was excited to see how they did.

“Set in the Channel Islands on the eve of D Day, two Kiwi commandos, sent to destroy German gun emplacements to distract Hitler's forces away from Normandy, discover a Nazi occult plot to unleash demonic forces to win the war.”

Well, it’s not often that I’ll give a New Zealand film extra props just because it’s a kiwi film, but for this one I’ll make an exception. Why? Because this really was a very different kind of film to come out of New Zealand and was a wholehearted attempt at doing a high concept horror film. Was it done perfectly? No. Was it even done greatly? No. Was it done very much in mind at targeting a horror loving audience who lap up this sort of stuff? Yes, and it did it well. For me, though, there were too many plot holes and filmic conceits that annoyed me, and I for one never found it scary or got a jump-in-my-seat-moment from it. But, I truly believe this film will find a decent audience overseas, if not in New Zealand, and it’s great seeing kiwis make such films!

6.5 out of 10 from me.

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