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It sounds like your typical monster-horror film, but Deathwatch has more supernatural than slasher as its theme than anything else. The one film I can compare this to is Carpenter's The Thing. As more and more of the company dies, paranoia and suspicion grows amongst the rest as to who or what may be hunting them. A very good film that delivers on the suspense and horror. The twist in the end even has an anti-war message that ties in directly with the danger the company has to deal with.
Another thing that greatly adds to the mood is that background "void" music. It's like a creepy little brief wind/void sound that really adds to the environment perfectly. I think it's one of the main reasons I was so drawn into the movie. Excellent choice of background sound.
I cannot forget to praise the actual look and feel of the trenches as well. That was the other mood grabber. The trench is almost like its own character.
The special effects are what they are. They're not insulting but not the greatest. But they're used so little it doesn't matter. And since this whole thing isn't in real time anyway that can be used as a crutch reason why. They shouldn't ruin anything for anybody.
I liked the ending a lot and I love the psychology behind it. This is definitely one of the better horror flicks I've seen lately. Kudos to the director for sucking me in and not letting me go.
Add to this a German soldier, played with sinister and frightening conviction by unknown actor, Roman Horak and you have a seat of your pants film that you shouldn't watch on your own!
However like many low budget movies, especially those that come of the UK criticism and panning is the name of the game.
Now this REALLY gets up my nose! Come on guys, this isn't America you know, we don't have the sort of greenbacks to pay for state of the art special effects in any movie that is British funded. We have to rely on spit, prayers, private investors and God's good will.
Deathwatch is damn good movie, scary, spooky, well acted and a cracking good horror film.
If you want something more in the line of special effects galore combined with `pants' acting then go out and buy or rent the mind numbingly stupid, `Freddy and Jason' but don't knock a movie because it doesn't have the budget to give it that glossy overstated Hollywood feel.
This is an intelligent film for intelligent people, if you don't fit into that category, watch something else instead.
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Very stupid movie. No monster, just psychological. Moral message makes no sense: something (a spirit? Read morePublished 25 days ago by A.J.
I really like watching war inspired movies because it's a part of human history that we still have not learned from. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sulfen
Trench warfare in WWI was scary stuff. This one put me to sleep. Much prefer Germans.Published 2 months ago by Joe T. Lawrence
A variation of the Zombie theme. Offers nothing original except perhaps the WW 1 trench settingPublished 2 months ago by John Howes
starts a bit slow but picks up to become a fantastic thriller. Well worth watching.Published 4 months ago by Susan avid reader
WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS! I wasn't quite sure what to make of this film. It's an interesting, claustrophobic piece from an era (WWI) that isn't really covered in films much... Read morePublished 4 months ago by D. Mesaros
What was the point of that? I liked the suspense and the war theme and I thought the acting and effects were good, but the movie overall was totally pointless.Published 5 months ago by Peyton W.
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