|Page 7 of 9:||       |
|Index||83 reviews in total|
Synopsis : (from back cover) Set during the waning days of WWII, a platoon
of German soldiers seek refuge in an underground bunker system. As night
closes in, a series of increasingly bizarre and horrifying events begin,
leading ultimately to a deadly cat-and-mouse game of psychological warfare
in a maze of tunnels.
Story/Plot : I am not a fan of war stories unless they have a horror theme setting. This movie was very well done, leaving most of the spookiness to your own imagination. Only brief images of what "could be" out there flash on the screen. Is the team going mad or is the bunker really filled with ghosts?
Cast/Characters : I had to chuckle for a moment at the beginning of the movie ; if Hollywood can cast a line-up of hot-shot actors to play Germans with no accents, then so can a British production company. A crew of German soldiers with British and Irish accents works well, don't you think? But after awhile you overlook this and get into the story and how each character is feeling.
F/X : Like I mentioned above not a lot was shown on the screen, most of the spookiness was left to the viewer's imagination. But a room filled with skeletons will leave anyone uneasy and I thought the design for that was amazing.
Jekyll's Final Thoughts : I was overall impressed with this film and happy to see a few familiar faces. I think the war/horror genre has much potential and hope that others along this same storyline will be as good. This movie gets a 4 star rating from me. Comes out on video in June. Thank you to MTI for sending this one along to me.
It's not big budget. It's not post-modern. It's not a bunch of buff teens out in the woods. It's a careful, low-key period piece, which by no coincidence whatsoever is one of the best British scary movies of the last ten years. This is what happens when you set a good cast loose on a good story, with capable direction and a determination to avoid cheap and cheesy thrills. Go seek it out!
From the foreboding pre-credit sequence,that sends a tingle down your spine, through the opening credits, you can sense you're in for an exciting and uncomfortable trip. A trip that all fans of Psychological horror love to take. And it has its 'Trippy' moments , wait and see! It happens to be a great War film too. Whats left of a retreating German unit , hole up in a bunker. The Americans are close behind them. "Out of the frying pan into the Fire", because of what waits for them inside. A fine British cast; led by Jason Flemyng( one of the stand-outs in 'From Hell'), Andrew Tiernan at his intense best and Christopher Fairbank, looking like he's just climbed out of 'Das Boot'. I was able to see it at the 'FrightFest 2001' in London, where it won best Film of the Festival! Hopefully it will be in all the Multiplexes across the country very soon. With its dark Claustrophobic catacombs and battle fatigued, disillusioned soldiers on the edge; 'The Bunker' is a classic British Horror film.
This film was excellent.I was expecting something far less competent.The directors first feature film and a low budget.There were some very eerie moments, especially in the tunnel sequences where the troup of German soldiers try to escape an American advancing army.It remided me in parts of the old Hammer films, one sequence in particular when the old man explains the history of the bunker.I also liked the tunnel sequences, very atmospheric.The film had a strong moral tone as well.People turning on their own in war time and what terrible consequences this can have.I was told the film will be in Spain very soon.I only saw it in festival Sitges but would see it again with friends.I hope!
A gripping psycho-thriller. Independently produced and directed this picture has all the ingredients and indications of a low budget British production becoming a big bucks hit. Strong direction and casting allied with high production values, make this tense, World War Two period psycho-horror picture highly watchable. Excellent performances all round from a strong British ensemble, with particular credit going to Jack Davenport and Jason Flemyng. The fact that you almost begin to start feeling sorry for a bunch of German soldiers, who are losing both their personal battles and the war, says much for the strength of the storyline and the creativity with which it is portrayed. The Bunker asks you to let your mind take you on the same journey as the characters, whose horrific experiences develop throughout the plot. The clever editing and flashback technique works a treat, as the threads of this intriguing picture unravel. This is not a blood and guts horror flick. It's much more, closer to a psycho mind bender, that for once let's your grey matter do the work. Stick with it.
the direction was brilliant - more like ridley scott than a first time
the plot was gripping - suddenly it was over and time had just flown by
the theme is ww2 mental horror - is it all just in their heads or....
Absolutely brilliant. Once you get over the fact that you've got a bunch
British actors playing Nazi soldiers (which takes all of five seconds)
is a psychological horror film in the classic sense.
No flashy CG and no dubious rubber monsters, this is no gorefest horror.
An instant British classic from Rob Green, a man who destined for big things if he continues to be this good.
I have seen this film a few times now,and find it very intriguing,i keep watching it trying to work out the plot,is it what you think?is there something missing?is there something I'm not getting?tell me.Its great at getting your mind focused,and yet you still think your missing the plot.Great phychological film,and totally original,i think this could easily become a British cult horror,although i don't think it was ever intended to be.It was made on a very tight budget,with no special effects and shows to make a good horror film you don't need to spend millions.I don't know why people have a problem with the English accents,as there plain ordinary accents with no strong dialects,if they had my English accent the film definitely wouldn't work,well not unless it was a comedy.The reason the director hasn't used the actors talking with a German accent is probably because his not trying to stereotype Germans like in other war films,this is what makes this war film very different.The director has used his imagination rather than not used it.He hasn't based the story on British soldiers,simply because its been done before,such as Deathwatch which came out about the same time,and thats a horror based on British soldiers in a trench.This film had to experiment with something different,so they have used German soldiers.And Germans like Brits believe in the supernatural so it works in that aspect. I don't know why the Germans have never made a film about their haunted u boat of WW1,which is a famous ghost legend,i cant remember what the Uboat was called,but its a scary story,a must for ghost enthusiasts.It would make a great film,maby someone will take it on.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
When you make a WW2 movie about troops from the Wehrmacht they MUST at least try to speak with a German lisp or better still employ actors who speak the language of German, much more authentic. Elite troops? What rubbish, they couldn't even wear there uniforms correctly! Tunics only half buttoned up, soldiers who have a roof over their heads who do not shave and clean themselves, no fire discipline when in as firefight, quality troops would not have been so nervous, lacking in confidence and down right unprofessional. An elite German officer who does not have control over his own men? Just wouldn't happen. This is not simply a terrible WW2 film but simply a very poor attempt at the genre of horror. Why would the SS need Wehrmacht, regular army, troops to shoot deserters? Wouldn't the SS' own Tottenkopf units do this for them, or the Wehrmachts Feldgendarmerie, field police? Also please note that as they execute the deserters, in the distance you can see a couple of trucks with German troops sorting out what look like civilians, aren't they in the line of fire? What a unauthentic and unappealing war movie. Avoid at all costs.
This is a horror film taking place in World War II Germany, in 1944 at
a time when the German army is beginning to lose a lot of ground. At
first glance, and for some other reason I cannot recall, I thought this
was a movie about Nazis fighting zombies. Of course I wanted to see it!
Nazis against zombies! I don't even need a plot or character
development or depth of any kind with that kind of action. However,
this is not really close to what the movie is about.
"The Bunker" focuses on, believe it or not, a military bunker. Several retreating German soldiers find their way to it and attempt to use it for a safe refuge from the advancing Yanksyou know, Americans. Inside the base the soldiers fight not zombies, but rampant paranoia and an evil presence influencing them. Now, this wasn't what I was expecting, but, it all worked out really well and was a pretty decent horror flick.
Here's the breakdown:
--The atmosphere is thick and engrossing.
--Interesting supernatural story, fairly original.
--Feeling of paranoia runs rampant, and that's good for any horror film.
--Scenes that deal with the war itself are portrayed well.
--Excellent use of lighting, camera angles, fog, and cinematography.
Didn't Hurt It, Didn't Help:
--So these are Nazis? We see only a single Nazi salute and very few swastikas. What gives?
--Possible misrepresentation on DVD package about what the film is actually about. (More a concern about the DVD than actual movie.)
--Music wasn't anything real special, but better than usual horror fare.
--Slowly paced, excellent build-up.
--Decent special effects when we see 'em.
--Again, I thought this was a zombie movie, the cover and description on the DVD case were somewhat confusing.
--Cheesy cover art. I know this doesn't represent the movie, per say, but it's cheesiness could cause it to be easily overlooked by movie-goers.
--German uniforms are pretty damn inaccurate. I watch the History Channel about 4500 times a month, I know.
Okay then, I've stated a problem with the uniforms and how they look, the lack of swastikas, etc. There is not a total lack of swastikas, there are a few here and there, but you often have to be looking for them and then, ahhh that little black circle, there's a broken-armed cross in there Now, I understand that there are some European laws, which I don't fully understand, that don't allow the use of Swastikas in things such as movies and video games. From what I understand, the movie or game has to be made with historical accuracy in mind and since this was a horror film, I can understand what the problem may be. Still, the movie loses some strength and credibility because the uniforms aren't very accurate at all, in fact, the giant swastika armbands that we're all so used to seeing appear nowhere in this film.
This is also kind of a genre-bender. Blending horror films, ghost stories, and war movies together in one unique mish-mash of paranoid entertainment. Slow-paced as the film is, it is never-the-less assembled quite well. This blend feels a little odd, even to those of us used to seeing horror combined with stuff like comedy, this is still a new oddity. And since these are Nazis we're seeing, it's difficult to know who to root forthe cast is entirely made up of them. But that's where the story comes in, and it's wrapped around the bunker-based horror action pretty well. As it turns out, the characters we're seeing have depth and a past to them, which adds to the film quite nicely. Honestly, while I was disappointed that this wasn't the Nazi-zombie romp I had hoped for, it still was quite a nice war-horror movie, if flawed.
Acting: 7/10 Story: 8/10 Atmosphere: 9/10 Cinematography: 8/10 Character Development: 7/10 Special Effects/Make-up: 7/10 Nudity/Sexuality: 0/10 Violence/Gore: 7/10 (Very minor gore, mostly gun violence) Music: 7/10 Direction: 8/10
Cheesiness: 2/10 (WWII Nazis with British accents, come on!) Crappiness: 1/10
This is recommended to horror buffs, especially those who enjoy war movies. War aficionados may be deeply annoyed by the lack of historical accuracy on the German uniforms, however. Not for everyone--casual movie-goers may not find anything here to enjoy.
( www.ResidentHazard.com ) ( http://bartboard.proboards3.com/index.cgi )
|Page 7 of 9:||       |
|Newsgroup reviews||External reviews||Parents Guide|
|Official site||Plot keywords||Main details|
|Your user reviews||Your vote history|