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‘Backtrack’ Review

Stars: Adrien Brody, Sam Neill, Robin McLeavy, Bruce Spence, Jenni Baird, Anna Lise Phillips, Chloe Bayliss, Olga Miller, Michael Whalley, Malcolm Kennard, Matthew Sunderland, Suzie Steen | Written and Directed by Michael Petroni

Don’t look now, but a man begins to experience strange visions following the death of his child. After realising that the majority of his patients are ghosts (like a reverse Sixth Sense) psychologist Peter Bower (Adrien Brody) heads to his spooky old hometown in the hope that he can uncover the mystery behind it all.

Moody, intense Brody is the main draw for this low-key supernatural thriller, its effective Gothic vibe making it stand out from the chaff like Nicolas Cage’s Pay the Ghost (I say that with love) or the litany of 101 Films releases just like it (said with less love, but there’s still some). The level of class extends to the presence of one Sam Neill,
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Film Review: Backtrack: Heavy Set Up, For Light Resolution [Tribeca 2015]

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Backtrack (2015) Film Review from the 14th Annual Tribeca Film Festival, a movie written & directed by Michael Petroni, starring Adrien Brody, Sam Neill, Robin McLeavy, Chloe Bayliss, George Shevtsov, Anna Lise Phillips, Olga Miller, Jenni Baird, Bruce Spence, Matthew Sunderland, Malcolm Kennard, Jesse Hyde, Alexander McGuire, and Emma O’Farrell. When it became clear that haunting memories of his deceased daughter, Evie (Emma O’Farrell), […]
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DVD Release: The Devil’s Rock

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DVD Release Date: Feb. 14, 2012

Price: DVD $24.98

Studio: Entertainment One

Nastier than my ex: Gina Varela is a Nazi demoness in The Devil's Rock.

A shapely Nazi demoness ignites a bloody World War II battle from Hell in The Devil’s Rock, a 2011 action-horror war movie from New Zealand.

The film has a pretty straight-ahead albeit colorful story: On the eve of D-Day, two Allied commandos (Craig Hall of 30 Days of Night and Joseph Tane of TV’s Spartacus: Blood and Sand) are sent to destroy a German gun installation. Moving forward on their mission, the pair uncover a secret occult lair housing a mysterious Nazi officer (Matthew Sunderland, Under the Mountain) and his beautiful but devilish captive (sexy Gina Varela). Well, it turns out the Nazis are actually hiding a deadly she-demon, whom they plan to use to turn the tide of the war.

The Devil’s Rock marks the
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The Devil’s Rock Gets a North American Release: A Review and Preview

Director: Paul Campion.

Writers: Paul Finch, Brett Ihaka, and Paul Campion (screenplay).

Cast: Craig Hall, Matthew Sunderland and Gina Varela.

When there is a film that is about Nazis dabbling with the occult, ears are going to perk, and the question is would it have turned the tide of World War II? With The Devil’s Rock, all those tender loving thoughts are going to get explored again with its DVD release Feb 14.

Shades of Enemy Mine can be found at one level, and some nods to the Indiana Jones franchise can be found at another. The Nazis did try to look for the Spear of Destiny, Ark of the Covenant and Holy Grail before and during the war. Viewers who are not acquainted with history or archaeology may not know of Hitler’s preoccupation with connecting to the occult.

Just like the video release with its plethora of extras,
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Badass Posters and Trailer For 'The Devils Rock'

The Devil's Rock is directed by Paul Campion (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers ), and stars Craig Hall (30 Days of Night), Matthew Sunderland (A Song of Good ) and Gina Varela. The Devil's Rock a New Zealand WWII horror film was recently picked up by Entertainment One for Us and Canada distribution rights and had Silver Feroz Design some fantastic poster designs we just had to share with you. The Devil's Rock happens on the eve of D-Day in the Channel Islands where two Kiwi Commandos are sent to destroy German gun emplacements in order to distract Hitler's forces away from Normandy. They discover a Nazi occult plot to unleash demonic forces to win the war.
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Horny New One-Sheets for The Devil's Rock

Here at Dread Central we are big fans of badass poster art and have several hanging in our hallowed halls. After seeing these latest bits of eye candy for The Devil's Rock, we're likely to be hanging up a couple more.

The Devil’s Rock is directed and co-written by Paul Campion and stars Craig Hall, Matthew Sunderland, Gina Varela and Karl Drinkwater. It involves a Nazi occult plot to unleash demonic forces to win WWII.

For more info on the flick dig on both the official The Devil's Rock website and the official The Devil's Rock Facebook page.

Synopsis

The Devil's Rock, June 5, 1944. A crack Kiwi commando team, Captain Ben Grogan and Sergeant Joseph Tane, are sent on a top secret mission to destroy gun emplacements inside German-occupied territory in the Channel Islands on the eve of D-Day.

They are diverted off their landing point by strong currents but
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Afm 2011: Demonic New Stills From The Devil's Rock

We've all been waiting patiently to park our collective asses upon The Devil's Rock. It's been a while, but it is coming. In the interim, dig on these new stills.

The Devil’s Rock is directed and co-written by Paul Campion and stars Craig Hall, Matthew Sunderland, Gina Varela and Karl Drinkwater.

For more info on the flick dig on both the official The Devil's Rock website and the official The Devil's Rock Facebook page.

Synopsis

The horror pic is set in the Channel Islands on the eve of D-Day where two Kiwi Commandos are sent to destroy German gun emplacements in order to distract Hitler's forces away from Normandy. They discover a Nazi occult plot to unleash demonic forces to win the war."

"The Devil's Rock , June 5, 1944. A crack kiwi commando team, Captain Ben Grogan and Sergeant Joseph Tane, are sent on a top secret mission to destroy gun
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The Devil's Rock and True Evil: A Movie Review

Director: Paul Campion.

Writers: Paul Campion, Paul Finch, and Brett Ihaka.

The Devil's Rock is a film from special effects guru Paul Campion, which takes place during World War II. It is the night before D-Day (June 5, 1944) and two New Zealanders have a special mission. They must take out one of the German guns on an isolated island. However, the screams of a woman from a nearby bunker draw them down, down into the fiery depths of hell. Just like Dante in the Divine Comedy, these two Kiwis will face unimaginable horrors, in a demon's lair. Then issues of the occult pop up and Campion goes for a tried and true association of Germany with the supernatural, much like earlier films e.g. The Keep (1983), The Bunker (2001), and Outpost (2008).

The red hues and blood splattered walls signal that this is not wholly an earthly plane, as Captain Grogan (Craig Hall) and Pvt.
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This week's new films

The Tree Of Life (12A)

(Terrence Malick, 2011, Us) Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain, Hunter McCracken, Laramie Eppler, Sean Penn, Tye Sheridan. 139 mins

Successor to Kubrick's 2001 or extended perfume ad? Either way, Malick's macro/microcosmic take on life, the universe and family life makes most films look unadventurous. Beyond the head-trip "creation of the universe" sequences, it's largely Sean Penn's impressionistic reminiscence of his conflicted childhood, rendered in gorgeous imagery, with introspective voiceovers and a dreamy intensity.

The Princess Of Montpensier (15)

(Bertrand Tavernier, 2010, Fra) Mélanie Thierry, Gaspard Ulliel, Lambert Wilson. 140 mins

There's costumes and courtliness, but this 16th-century saga remains unstuffy. Sought-after Thierry's quest for self-determination is the focus, and the treatment is modern and immediate.

Trust (15)

(David Schwimmer, 2010, Us) Liana Liberato, Clive Owen, Catherine Keener. 106 mins

Those who saw Catfish will know where this teen's online relationship with an apparently nice boy is headed. But what follows is an exercise in parent-worrying technophobia.
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The Devil's Rock – review

So which is more evil – a Nazi or a demon? This claustrophobic New Zealand fantasy skirts the issue with a lack of chills

Here's an attempt from New Zealander Paul Campion – also responsible for the story – to settle the type of question posed by bumptious schoolboys: which would be more evil? A Nazi or a demon? Two Kiwi commandos are sent on a sabotage mission to the Channel Islands on the eve of D-Day. After setting explosives on their target, they ignore the first rule of horror and investigate the screams coming from inside a German blockhouse, where they discover eviscerated corpses, black magic manuals and a sole living Nazi, an SS colonel played by Matthew Sunderland with an accent that suggests Himmler was recruiting in the Antipodes. He's been occupying his time on the island summoning a demon to use as a weapon – "She would make Jack the Ripper look like a kindergarten tale,
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Movie Reviews - The Devil's Rock (2011)

The Devil's Rock, 2011.

Directed by Paul Campion.

Starring Craig Hall, Matthew Sunderland, Gina Varela, Karlos Drinkwater and Luke Hawker.

Synopsis:

On the eve of D Day, two Kiwi commandos discover an occult plot by the Nazis to unleash demonic forces to win the war.

On paper The Devil’s Rock has a refreshing and promising setting. I had high hopes of a different and thrilling horror. It is set in the Channel Islands, which is unusual in itself. Its story plays out on the eve of the D-Day landings, giving the film a period background and all the possibilities of Nazis, gloomy bunkers and heroic Commandos. Throw in generous portions of gore and the temptations of mysterious occult witchcraft, and there are enough ingredients in this film to satisfy your average viewer as well as fans of fright fests.

Unfortunately having the beginnings of a good beginning is not enough.
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Fantasia 2011: New Still from The Devil's Rock

Getting ready to make its debut at this year's Fantasia Film Festival is the D-Day horror thriller The Devil's Rock, and to get you all geared up for the film's release, we've got a new still for ya to chew on!

The Devil’s Rock, directed and co-written by Paul Campion, stars Craig Hall, Matthew Sunderland, Gina Varela and Karl Drinkwater.

For more info on the flick dig on both the official The Devil's Rock website and the official The Devil's Rock Facebook page.

Keep your eyes peeled on the official Fantasia International Film Festival website for premiere details.

Synopsis

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.

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Eel Girl's Paul Campion returns with Devil's Rock

Devil's Rock is director Paul Campion's feature film debut. His last film was the violently beautiful short film, Eel Girl, so yeah, we're interested.

Shot in in 15 days in Wellington, New Zealand, Devil's Rock features special makeup effects by Oscar winning makeup effects company Weta Workshop.

Synopsis:

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.

The Devil's Rock was recently picked up for North American distribution by Metrodome Distribution.

The film stars Craig Hall, Matthew Sunderland, Gina Varela and Karlos Drinkwatera and Paul Campion.s.

Check out the trailer after the break.

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An Amazing Trailer for The Devil's Rock is Here and Laden with Blood and Demons

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You know that you are in for a treat when you read "from the director of Eel Girl." Paul Campion is the director behind the New Zealand shot The Devil's Rock and this is one horror film that grabs your attention. Many features have equated the Nationalist Socialist Worker's Part (Nazi) with the occult and the supernatural, including Blood Creek, starring Dominic Purcell. This time, the Gestapo come in devilish disguise and female form, while using pentagrams to summon even more minions.

Recently, The Devil's Rock has been picked up for North American distribution (Dread Central) and horror fans can watch the early events of World War II, including D-Day, with this first trailer for the film. Prepare to face one of the most villainous forces from the 19th Century, in demon form!

The synopsis for The Devil's Rock:

"Set in the Channel Islands on the eve of D-Day,
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Entertatinment One Parks on The Devil's Rock

With all sorts of deals happening at Cannes 2011, we're trying to keep our heads above water to bring you only the news you, the horror fan, care about. Case in point ... the D-Day horror thriller The Devil's Rock getting a home.

According to Screen Daily, Entertainment One has picked up Us and Canadian rights to New Zealand WWII horror film The Devil’s Rock, directed and co-written by Paul Campion and starring Craig Hall, Matthew Sunderland, Gina Varela and Karl Drinkwater.

For more info on the flick dig on both the official The Devil's Rock website and the official The Devil's Rock Facebook page.

Synopsis

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.

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War is Truly Hell at The Devil's Rock

The atrocities of war have given birth to some of the most horrific images imaginable. Things that we'll never be able to erase from our collective memories. As if the real life horrors surrounding these events weren't bad enough, can you image what would happen if some supernatural shenanigans were sprinkled in?

That's exactly what you're gonna get with the new film from director Paul Campion, The Devil's Rock, starring Craig Hall, Matthew Sunderland, Gina Varela and Karl Drinkwater.

For more info on the flick dig on both the official The Devil's Rock website and the official The Devil's Rock Facebook page.

Synopsis

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.

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Afm 2010: First Stills - The Devil's Rock

Those damned wicked evil occult worshipping Nazi bastards are at it again in the new flick The Devil's Rock, and we've got the first stills and official synopsis for ya!

Written by Paul Finch, Paul Campion and Brett Ihaka, The Devil’s Rock is award-winning short film director Paul Campion’s debut feature film. His short films Night of the Hell Hamsters and Eel Girl have screened at every major genre film festival worldwide.

Academy Award winning New Zealand company Weta Workshop (Avatar, District 9, Lord of the Rings, King Kong) will create the film’s physical effects, whose ensemble cast includes Craig Hall (Love Birds, Boy, 30 Days of Night, The World’s Fastest Indian, King Kong), Matthew Sunderland (Out of the Blue, Under the Mountain), Gina Varela (Xena, Siones Wedding, Power Rangers) and Karl Drinkwater (A Song of Good, Lord of the Rings, Spartacus: Blood & Sand).

Synopsis

Produced
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Afm '10: First Images from Weta's Nazi Horror 'The Devil's Rock'!

Afm '10: First Images from Weta's Nazi Horror 'The Devil's Rock'!
Written by Paul Finch, Paul Campion and Brett Ihaka, The Devil's Rock is award-winning short film director Paul Campion's debut feature film that's currently in post-production out of New Zealand. With Weta providing the special effects, and starring Craig Hall, Matthew Sunderland, Gina Varela, and Karl Drinkwater, the Nazi horror flick is et in the Channel Islands on the eve of D-day, two Kiwi commands sent to destroy German gun employments to distract Hitler's forces away from Normandy, discover a Nazi occult plot to unleash demonic forces to win the war. "The film is 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."
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Weta On Board for More World War II Horrors in The Devil's Rock

In reality World War II yielded enough real life horrors to last a lifetime, but those bastard Nazi's were so demonically evil that filmmakers just can't leave them alone. Prepare for more Third Reich themed terror in The Devil's Rock.

From the Press Release

Principal photography has begun in Wellington, New Zealand on World War II Horror pic, The Devil’S Rock.

Written by Paul Finch, Paul Campion and Brett Ihaka, The Devil’s Rock is award-winning short film director Paul Campion’s debut feature film. His short films Night of the Hell Hamsters and Eel Girl have screened at every major genre film festival worldwide.

Produced by Leanne Saunders (The Devil Dared Me To, A Song of Good), the film is 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
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