IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085780/
Starring: Scott Glen, Jürgen Prochnow, Gabriel Byrne, & Ian McKellen (oh and Robert Prosky who I promise you’ll recognize)
Review in a nutshell: The following is my running commentary on Facebook as I watched this.
- This appears to be a Nazi occult movie.
- Ian McKellen is in this????
- Omg, the Tangerine Dream soundtrack is hilariously inappropriate.
- Scott Glenn is in this too.
- And Gabriel Byrne has joined us as Jürgen Prochnow’s superior officer.
- I officially have no idea what the fuck this movie is about.
- And the devil said unto Gandalf, take my sacred flashlight into the forest and hide it. And I shall make sure your soundtrack is bitchin’.
- Only during the 80’s would blue checkerboard contacts seem like a good idea for an angel.
Think Krull meets Legend and Raiders of the Lost Ark. There were some really interesting concepts hiding behind all the crap, so I went and read the book. The idea of a Jewish historian needing to choose between Nazis and an evil creature seemed to have the makings of a good story. And it did. I don’t know why they left the good stuff out of the movie.
I’m also not sure why they decided to make this movie about a golem and not a vampire. The book is pretty clear on that front.
Where I found it: Netflix
How much I paid for it: 96 minutes of my life and possibly my sanity.
Points of interest: According to IMDB, Tangerine Dream (who did the soundtrack) and Michael Mann are working together to keep this from being released on DVD. I heartily support this decision.
The Money Shot: Sir Ian’s final monologue can be summed up as “YOU SHALL NOT HAZ!”