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Deathwatch

3.3 out of 5 stars 215 customer reviews

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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. THEY BEGIN TO THINK SOMEONE OR SOMETHING IS IN THE TRENCH WITH THEM.

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  • Actors: Jamie Bell, Rúaidhrí Conroy, Mike Downey, Laurence Fox, Roman Horák
  • Directors: Michael J. Bassett
  • Writers: Michael J. Bassett
  • Producers: Mike Downey, Caroline Hewitt, Dan Maag, Frank Hübner, Jan Fantl
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: June 22, 2004
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (215 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002235P8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,990 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Deathwatch" on IMDb

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By A. Sandoc on August 2, 2004
Format: DVD
A very good horror-suspense film from Great Britain starring Jamie Bell (from Billy Elliott) and Andy Serkis. Set during the height of the trench warfare in the Western Front during the First World War, the surviving remnants of a British Infantry company stumble upon a nearly deserted set of German trenches. Except for a couple of terrified German soldiers, the trench system is deserted with only dead German soldiers. As they spend their first night, it is more than German soldiers they have to worry about, somewhere within the trenches is something that is hunting them down one by one.

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.
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I'm impressed. I watched the first half-hour of this movie and was kinda into it, but not as much as I would have liked to have been. Then I came back a day later and watched the last hour and was pretty much glued to the TV. See, what this movie does is what so many modern horror movies don't do, which is create a sustained creepy mood level throughout. It makes you feel like at any moment something could happen even when nothing much of note is. And THAT is what horror is all about.

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.
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I liked this film. It was quirky, had a sting in the tale and had a cast of excellent characters, from a young and innocent Private who tries to understand the horrors of war, a man about to loose his faith in God, a solider who wants to survive the war with the minimum of guilt, a dying teenager who has been shot in the spine and unaware of the horrors to come and to a psychotic solider who will kill anyone, friend or foe.

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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Given that this is a virtually unknown film, I believe it was released in 2002, this is a good watch. Excellent sets and backdrops filmed on location in Prague really portrayed the misery of trench warfare during WWI. Add a creepy twist and the product is this very decent psychological thriller that delivers a wholloping, yet subtle at the same time, visual trip and ending. If you're looking for an easy to understand plot or lots of mindless action, look elsewhere. If you're in the mood for something that makes you think, just a little, and don't mind being spooked a bit, "Deathwatch" is for you. Hats off to the team that put this original ride together, well done and recommended.
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A very interesting film about evil! Excellent movie full of suspense. The rats scene is one of the most horrible images I have seen. Many elements to analyze and to interprete. Highly recommended to have in your collection, buy it now!
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Very good sets and details. I liked the premise and the characters and generally enjoyed the movie. But it was hard to follow the action, and the evilness they were fighting stayed too vague. I often didn't know what was going on. I had to use the CC because my American ear couldn't make out the UK accents and the CC lagged behind, but better delayed than too early. Was Bradford supposed to be American? Sometimes it sounded like he had an American accent, but if so, it wasn't well done. Cool ending. I didn't find the movie predicable at all.
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