The Devil’s Rock (2011)

logoDirector: Paul Campion

Writer: Paul Finch, Paul Campion, Brett Ihaka (Screenplay) Paul Campion (Story)

Starring: Craig Hall, Matthew Sunderland, Gina Varela, Karlos Drinkwater, Geraldine Brophy, Luke Hawker, Jessica Grace Smith, Jonathan King


Plot: 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.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Slow Moving


Story: The Devil’s Rock starts by showing two soldiers Captain Ben Grogan (Hall) and Sergeant Joe Tane (Drinkwater) approaching a beach on a small Channel Island, they are surprised to find it abandoned as they advance onto the land. Hearing screaming they speed up their advancement to complete the mission as fast as they can. Upon discovering the base they learn not everything is right on the island and decided to investigate. What the two discover is an occult book and dead bodies but splitting up causes one of them to die leaving Ben on the mission against an unknown enemy alone. With Ben getting himself captured he gets interrogated by a German Colonel Klaus Meyer (Sunderland) who wants to know the plan, but he has something hidden away. Ben discovers that the screaming is in fact his ex-wife Helena (Varela) who he saw die or is it? Ben has got himself caught up in the middle of an occult mission that could change the entire world.


The Devil’s Rock comes off as a very basic story it has limited characters to keep everything tension filled as the two leading male characters are either side of a war and plays along the idea of the occult well. It is a lot of discussing what should and could happen which fails to pull you in. it does have some positives and one big one is not trying to do the false jump scares and the final reveal of the demon is built up and very sudden which gives the biggest shock. In conclusion the film uses the ideas of what could have happened during the war and makes a film out of it without really achieving too much. (5/10)


Actor Review


Craig Hall: Captain Ben Grogan sent to the island along with a partner to sabotage and distract Hitler’s men before the D-Day landing but finds himself stuck in the middle of something he has no idea about. Craig does a solid job in the lead role but does fail to gain all the attention that his character could demand. (5/10)


Matthew Sunderland: Colonel Klaus Meyer is trying to solve the occult problem that his people have created. Matthew does a solid job and is basically the information filling guy of the film. (5/10)


Gina Varela: Helena the mysterious girl/demon that is trying to control the soldiers but one is having none of it while the other thinks it is too good to be true. Gina does a solid job as the seductive demon figure. (6/10)


Support Cast: The Devil’s Rock only has minimal support cast that all become disposable characters and offer nothing to the story.


Director Review: Paul Campion – Paul does a solid job directing putting the characters in a trapped scenario where they have to work together but there is too much talking around the strong effects. (6/10)


Horror: The Devil’s Rock use basic horror ideas and holds back on the shocks until the final act where it does offer one of the better ones in the genre. (7/10)

Thriller: The Devil’s Rock is a thriller that doesn’t manage to pull you in as much as it could. (4/10)

War: The Devil’s Rock uses the idea of the two leads are on opposite sides of a war and most unite to stop the demon well because the tension between the two stays through the whole film. (8/10)

Settings: The Devil’s Rock uses the captured isolation setting well to keep everything tight and trapped. (8/10)
Special Effects
: The Devil’s Rock has some very good practical effects that get better as the film continues. (9/10)

Suggestion: The Devil’s Rock is one for the horror fans to try, where it is short if you dislike you won’t waste too much time either. (Horror Fans Try)


Best Part of The Devil’s Rock: Demon reveal.

Worst Part of The Devil’s Rock: Too Short

Kill Of The Film: The Demon’s first


Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: It is open for one, but I doubt we will have one

Post Credits Scene: One that shows what happens to the next visitors.


Awards: Won Best Make-up Design in a Feature Film at the In New Zealand Film and TV Awards.

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 23 Minutes

Tagline: War is a Bitch


Overall: Talk, Talk, Demon, Splatter

Rating 55

Turbo (2013)

logoDirector: David Soren

Writer: Darren Lemke, Robert D. Siegel, David Soren (Screenplay) David Soren (Story)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Michael Pena, Samuel L Jackson, Luis Guzman, Bill Hader, Snoop Dogg, Maya Rudolph


Plot: TURBO is a high-velocity 3D comedy about a snail who dares to dream big – and fast. After a freak accident infuses him with the power of super-speed, Turbo kicks into overdrive and embarks on an extraordinary journey to achieve the seemingly impossible: competing in the world’s fastest race, the Indianapolis 500. With the help of his tricked-out streetwise snail crew, this ultimate underdog puts his heart and shell on the line to prove that no dream is too big, and no dreamer too small.


Verdict: Animation Madness


Story: If you were to eliminate the idea of the characters this is actually a good story about chasing dreams even when the people closest to you don’t believe in you. It also is the old story of the underdog going up against the champion which is also a good watch. The problem here is it is about a snail racing human driver’s yes that is a big problem. The story does keep things rolling well but it is very hard to overlook the snail racer. (6/10)


Character Review


Turbo: The snail who dreams of becoming a race driver and when he gets a chance he will risk everything to make sure he gets that chance. Good leading character showing how much you need to risk getting what you want. (8/10)


Chet: The over protective brother of Turbo, who plays everything super safe to make sure they get through the day, after they have to leave he has to face all his fears while his brother follows his dream. (7/10)


Tito: The taco salesman who has come up with plenty of get rich quick plans over the years but this one is the maddest of all of them. (7/10)


Guy Gagne: The champion racer who is all face to the public but he will do anything to make sure he wins every race. (7/10)


Director Review: David Soren – Puts together a good underdog story but is very hard to consider even for an animated film. (6/10)


Animation: The animation is all top level which is what you would expect with the technology we have now. (9/10)

Comedy: Doesn’t offer as much comedy as it should. (5/10)

Settings: Each setting is great for the story showing the safe home, the taco area to the race track. (8/10)

Suggestion: This is one for the kids I don’t see many people really enjoying as a casual watch otherwise. (Kids Will Be Alright)


Best Part: The race is edge of the seat.

Worst Part: It’s a snail racing, come on.

Action Scene Of The Film: The race

Believability: (0/10)

Chances of Tears: (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $283 Million

Budget: $135 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 36 Minutes

Tagline: Slo no mo.


Overall: Simple Children’s Animation

Rating 60

New Releases – 19th December

Dumb and Dumber To dumber 20 years since their first adventure, Lloyd and Harry go on a road trip to find Harry’s newly discovered daughter, who was given up for adoption.

My Guess for Rating – 10%
My Anticipation Rating – 5%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb musuem Larry spans the globe, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever.

My Guess for Rating – 70%
My Anticipation Rating – 70%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

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Trailer Alert – The Loft

Plot – Five friends who share a loft for their extramarital affairs begin to question one another after the murdered body of an unknown young woman is found in the property.

Release Date: Non set for UK


  • Wentworth Miller (Prison Break)
  • James Marsden (X-Men)
  • Karl Urban (Star Trek)
  • Rhona Mitra (Doomsday)

Director: Erik Van Looy (Loft)

Highlight of the Trailer: Creates the mystery.

What Looks Good? The who done it feel to the story.

What Looks Bad? It is a remake of a foreign film.

Summary: They did get the same director who did the original and with a cast that is capable of pulling of thrillers we might get some very interesting here. It looks like it could be able to throw us in any direction and have five prime suspects we will be guessing from start to finish.


Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating –70%

My Guess Rating – 60%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – No