The latest from Safe Cracker pictures comes this Horror Thriller coming to DVD on 17th August 2015
Writer: Nigel Horne (Screenplay)
Starring: Gil Darnell, Miriam Cooke, Lucas Hansen, Tom Sawyer, Jason Kennedy, Mark Fountain, Matthew John Morley, Nicholas Keith, Nicky Bell
Plot: An evil secret awaits.
Verdict: Mind Bending Thriller
Story: Soldiers of the Damned starts by placing us in Romania with the German soldiers retreating from the advancing Russian army. We are following an elite group of German soldiers lead by Major Kurt Fleischer (Darnell) who are cleaning the way back home.
When Kurt gets his latest orders he has to go into a notoriously dangerous forest with a scientist Professor Anna Kappel (Cooke) along with pencil pushing soldier Major Hinirch Metzger (Hansen). Reluctantly Kurt takes the mission which will put his men’s live in danger because it involves going behind enemy lines, he wants to make it as quick as possible.
As the mission continues the strange events start to happen first with sickness, then with burning before one soldier Fuchs (Sawyer) witness a lady burn up in front of his very eyes. At this point the men know they are getting deeper into trouble but can’t turn back leading them to wonder if they will make it back alive.
Soldiers of the Damned starts off looking like it could just be a basic soldiers go into the woods and things don’t go well, but this ends up taking a very interesting turn. We literally don’t know what will happen next to our characters which pull us right into the mystery about what will happen. This could easily have been a bloody horror film but in the end it plays on your mind which makes it a huge plus. (8/10)
Gil Darnell: Major Kurt Fleischer leads an elite group of German soldiers, he has to take his men into what looks like a crazy mission and has to keep control once things start getting out of hand. Gil does a solid job in the leading role but I don’t believe he is strong enough to lead the soldiers. (6/10)
Miriam Cooke: Professor Anna Kappel is the scientist who is sent into the forest to help with the occult side of the German fight even though it is against her own will. Miriam does a solid job but seems to fall into background during the soldier haunting scenes. (6/10)
Lucas Hansen: Major Hinirch Metzger is the pencil pushing Major who is trying to use his power to scare people into doing what he wants but is easily just as frightened as the rest by the time he ends up in the forest. Lucas does a good job as the bad guy willing to turn on the soldiers. (7/10)
Support Cast: Soldiers of the Damned has a group of soldiers that all have the generic traits. Which all end up just being disposable.
Director Review: Mark Nuttall – Mark gives us a mind bending thriller that does keep us guessing until the final moments. (7/10)
Horror: Soldiers of the Damned has great psychological horror elements throughout. (8/10)
Thriller: Soldiers of the Damned keeps us guessing and pulls us into the story. (8/10)
War: Soldiers of the Damned brings us into the horror of war but by the end has only used the idea of them soldiers rather than battles. (6/10)
Settings: Soldiers of the Damned puts our characters into the middle of the forest where they are alone with no back up. (7/10)
Special Effects: Soldiers of the Damned doesn’t have the best special effects but that can be overlooked for the story quality. (5/10)
Suggestion: Soldiers of the Damned is one for the horror fans to give a go because it will keep you guessing. (Give It A Go)
Best Part: Tank.
Worst Part: Slightly bad CGI.
Kill Of The Film: Tank
Oh My God Moment: Tank
Believability: No (0/10)
Chances of Tears: No (0/10)
Chances of Sequel: No
Post Credits Scene: No
Similar Too: Triangle, Deathwatch
Oscar Chances: No
Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes
Tagline: An Evil Secret Awaits.
Overall: The mind bending ability of Triangle with the twisted side of Death Watch.