Seven German soldiers are enclosed in one bunker during the Second World War. They soon feel surrounded by enemies. When they hear about the tunnel-system beneath the bunker and some mystic... See full summary »
In 1917, in the Western front, a group of survivors of the British Company Y reach the most forward German trench in a foggy night. They capture a German soldier that advises that evil is ... See full summary »
Nazis are sent to guard an old, mysterious fortress in a Romanian pass. One of them mistakenly releases an unknown force trapped within the walls. A mysterious stranger senses this from his home in Greece and travels to the keep to vanquish the force. As soldiers are killed, a Jewish man and his daughter (who are both knowledgeable of the keep) are brought in to find out what is happening. Written by
THEY WERE ALL DRAWN TO THE KEEP. The soldiers who brought death. The father and daughter fighting for life. The people who have always feared it. And the one man who knows its secret... THE KEEP Tonight, they will all face the evil.
Jürgen Prochnow got cast in this 1982 World War II horror-fantasy movie after his international breakthrough lead role in the 1981 German Second World War film Das Boot (1981). See more »
The writing on the wall is in a modified Cyrillic alphabet, not Glagolitic as Dr. Cuza identifies it. See more »
Captain Klaus Woermann:
Why are the small stones on the outside and the large stones here on the interior? It's constructed... backwards. This place was not constructed to keep something... out.
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Nazis guard a citadel that harbors a dangerous force that starts wreaking havoc and death upon them, forcing an uneasy alliance with a Jewish professional who can stop it.
The film was a critical and commercial failure, losing almost three million dollars. Even F. Paul Wilson, who wrote the original novel, says of the movie, "Visually intriguing, but otherwise utterly incomprehensible." I will agree with Wilson about the film being "visually intriguing", particularly some of the earliest shots of the keep and the blue and gray hues used... it is very crisp and stimulating, and any cinematographer should take notes from this one.
Critic Tim Brayton echoes Wilson, saying, "After a brilliant opening act, the plot gets flabbier and flabbier until around the half-way point, when it stops making any sense whatsoever." This may be blamed on the severe editing, or perhaps on Mann's desire to make an epic when the studio would not allow it -- cutting more than half of the film is bound to create plot holes and continuity gaps.
I find it interesting that the last time this film was publicly released was in 1995 on laserdisc, a format that is basically dead. Allegedly, the DVD (or BD) has not been released because they cannot get the rights to the Tangerine Dream songs, and also because Michael Mann has disowned it and apparently prefers his 3.5 hour cut. That Mann has gone on to such success and his film is hard to track down (but available on Netflix) is incredible.
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