It's not that the film is 1/2 the length of its original cut, more it's the one Michael Mann film that I hate the style. Tangerine Dream's music works in Near Dark and Angst but here it makes it cheesy 80's kitsch where the slow-mo and fog machines are of its periods music videos, not exactly gothic or scary. Mann became one of the greatest Hollywood auteurs of the 80's to now, but this is a really bad early misstep.
Would make so much more sense if all dialogue was removed and it was just the objectively gorgeous cinematography and Tangerine Dream's score for 96 minutes. A must-see disaster including a bunch of decent Nazis, Ian McKellen playing Smeagol on a time crunch, and Scott Glen as a mysterious angel/alien who saves the day with a mystical stick.
An odd but masterful supernatural Sci-fi hidden pearl from the 80s. I can't believe I had never heard of it. An amazing cast for a genre film from the 80s (Ian McKellen is so young here!). Perfect visual and atmospheric mood, with impressive set design, good special effects and an eerie and great soundtrack. Michael Mann was meant to become one of the most interesting American directors. :)
Michael Mann hasn't made a decent film in about two decades so thank you to MUBI for introducing me to this early work. Unlike any other Mann film I have seen - horror fantasy with great special effects and an atmosphere of dread throughout. The Tangerine Dream soundtrack is excellent!
Set during WW2, this film is so dreamy, reminds me of a fairy tale, mystic and eerie at times, complemented by perfectly matched Tangerine Dream music; honestly I don't think you could find a more suitable soundtrack! I love the visual side too, camerawork is interesting, some scenes are absolutely beautiful. I wish the video quality was better, also, the final battle along with the ending are rather disappointing.
More of a political spiritual metaphor than a horror film. The script includes one of the most pithy and concise denunciations of Nazism that I remember of any film. Does that explain why it is not on DVD ? Mann expands the supernatural elements of Raiders of the Lost Ark to craft a portrait of evil. Look out for the Wolf Kahler from Raiders. Echoes of The Golem and of Highlander and of McKellan's Gandalf.
This film hasn't aged particularly well but to be honest I'm not sure I'd have enjoyed it any more back in 1983. Interesting camerawork and special effects to say the least but there are some good acting performances amongst the more dodgy ones. It's The Keep but it's not a keeper.
This one is so bad that only its atmosphere can rescue it. The sound was terrible, but the 80's crazy feeling was present. Oh, and did I mention that us Romanians don't look like that? Nor we talk English as it were our native tongue? Anyway, acceptable for a genre film.