Tag Line : Deliver them from evil.

DeathwatchSet during 1917 at the height of World War 1, a small group of British soldiers find themselves stuck out in no-mans-land, having been separated from their main battalion. Looking for cover, they come across a German trench which is manned by only a handful of soldiers.

Having dealt with the small group of guards, they dig in and await rescue. But as they attempt to secure the trench they begin to suspect things aren't all they seem. The radio doesn't work, the compass spins wildly, and what is particularly odd is that there's no front line to the trench, it just appears to be a maze.

As night falls, they soon realise that they are not alone, and its NOT more German troops. The sounds of an advancing enemy battalion can be clearly heard, only nothing happens. Strange ghostly noises echo within the trench, despite the fact there's no one else there, and to make matters worse, members of the group start disappearing in VERY mysterious circumstances.

What is going on in the trench, why does the German prisoner they've captured keep going on about "something evil" and why are the men starting to get at each others throats? Is the company just suffering from shell shock, or is there something more sinister at work in the trench?

Directed by newcomer Michael Basset and starring Jamie Bell, this low budget British chiller proves to be an interesting ghost story about the horrors of war. Whilst it may not win any Oscars, it certainly packs an eerie punch, and is much better than some of the glossy big budget crap being put out by Hollywood at the moment.

Overall marks : 6/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • The movie was filmed in a specially dug trench near Prague in the Czech republic.

  • Jamie Bell, who plays the lead character Charlie Shakespeare, previously played the lead in the British film "Billy Elliot".

  • In order to get the "feel" of the WW1 trench just right, they pumped in 10 thousand gallons of water to turn it into a thick slop, then mixed in 7 thousand cubic metres of mud and silt, taken from the bed of the Vltava River.

  • Andrew Serkis, who plays the psychotic Private Quinn, did the voice for Golum/Smeagle in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. He also played one of the bungling kidnappers in the 2008 horror comedy "The Cottage".

  • The production crew pumped an average of 60,000 litres of water per day into the trench to simulate the rain.

  • Laurence Fox also starred in "The Hole". Hugh O'Conner played Graham in "The Young Poisoner's Handbook" and Hugo Speer is undoubtedly best known for his role as "Guy" in "The Full Monty".

  • In order to get financing for the project, director Michael Basset had to film a 7 minute short, based on one of the scenes in his proposed script. This was filmed in a field in Shropshire, using materials borrowed from a nearby army barracks.

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