This has mud and long, gloomy silences. Also it has a lot of whispering, a bizarre musical score, evil wind and almost inaudible dialogue. No-one seems to wonder why the Keep is full of crosses or who built it or why. Instead we get lots of slow motion, bad 80s SFX, ugly wedge haircuts and general plot incoherence. Soldiers try to steal the silver crosses and unleash something.
Jurgen Prochnow plays a nice German, Gabriel Byrne plays a horrible Nazi and Ian McKellen is Cuza, a Jewish professor who is menaced by Byrne. But they vanish from the film for long periods and instead we get the local priest ranting and Cuza’s daughter and her bubble perm running around. There is bad acting, personality changes, hysteria and the talisman has keeps the monster at bay looks like a torch.
Prochnow and Byrne do their best to actually act but this film is a mess. ‘Evilspeak’ and ‘The Kindred’ were better than this. There is a big laser show climax with a lot of endless scenes of Cuza’s daughter (Alberta Watson) and some guy (Scott Glen) doing stuff. This was utter tosh.
“This place was not designed to keep something out.”
“We found the rest of Steiner.”
“A language that has been dead for 500 years.”
“The keep is a prison built to contain you.”