During World War II a group of German soldiers take control of a Romanian castle called The Keep by local townsfolk. Soon after a mysterious killer starts eliminating the soldiers in strange ways leading to the Nazis forcing a Jewish scholar to investigate. As the evil force contained by The Keep works to escape a strange man arrives determined to keep the evil force inside.
Scott Glenn (Glaeken), Alberta Watson (Eva), Jurgen Prochnow (Woermann), Robert Prosky (Father Fonescu), Gabriel Byrne (Kaempffer), Ian McKellen (Cuza), William Sheppard (Alexandru), Royston Tickner (Tomescu).
The Keep starts off by jumping straight into the story without much development. As plot and character development evolve a lot is left unexplained but with good suspense, drama, and well detailed sets the film is surprisingly entertaining. There are some slow spots and drama that wasn’t quite necessary but the story moves along fairly well.
Acting was okay but could have added more to the film. Prochnow and Byrne seemed to have good energy but the anger between their characters seemed extreme and went mostly unexplained. Glenn did well but as a late entry in the film, didn’t contribute much depth. Watson and McKellen delivered the most consistent performances and both did well.
Camera work was okay but a lot of extreme dark scenes were hard to see. Sets and backgrounds were very well done throughout the film. Effects are showing their age at this point but were obviously well done when the film was released. Creature effects were particularly interesting. Sound was absolutely awful in this one with extreme volume levels throughout leaving some dialogue incomprehensible even with high volume. Soundtrack was decent with nice tracks from Tangerine Dream.
Overall The Keep is a decent, solidly done horror flick that is sadly starting to show some age. Those who can overlook the dated technical aspects will likely enjoy this quite a bit while others will feel somewhat disappointed in the visual quality.
With plenty of violence, some gore, mild foul language, creature effects, and a rape scene save this for older teens and above.
The Keep is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
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