SOLDIERS OF THE DAMNED (2015) Reviews of supernatural horror

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‘An evil secret awaits…’

Soldiers of the Damned is a 2015 British supernatural horror film directed by Mark Nuttall from a screenplay written by Nigel Horne.

The movie stars Gil Darnell, Miriam Cooke, Lucas Hansen, Tom Sawyer, Jason Kennedy, Mark Fountain and Matthew John Morley.

The Eastern Front, 1944. The Russians are pushing the German Army back through Romania. Major Kurt Fleischer, war-weary commander of an elite troop of German soldiers, is ordered to escort a female scientist into a mysterious forest behind enemy lines to retrieve an ancient relic.

As his men begin to disappear in strange circumstances, Fleischer realises that the scientist is part of Himmler’s occult department and there is something in the forest that is far more deadly than the Russians…

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“The woodlands in which the soldiers find themselves are bleached in appearance, giving them an uncomfortably sinister quality generating a haunted atmosphere that seems to linger in the background of every shot. Nuttall also doesn’t hold back on the gore when necessary, with effects that are both brutally realistic and flinch-inducingly raw.” Starburst

“The real success of the film is just that, the ability to play up the mysterious elements without needing any unnecessary explanation. There is a lot of rampaging and panic-stricken running around, but when the supernatural elements start getting weirder and weirder, it’s good to know there aren’t any easy answers.” Flickering Myth

Soldiers of the Damned is a dark gritty occult chiller with just a hint of Raiders of the Lost Ark about it, here the real monsters are not necessarily the supernatural ones. There is plenty of well-staged gory action and despite the tiny budget the props and costumes have a really authentic look to them.” The Horror Hothouse

” …Soldiers of the Damned a joyless, dull, poorly executed picture. It’s precisely because the film is dull – characters we don’t care about on a mission they don’t know about with no clearly defined antagonist to defeat – that the other problems are so noticeable. A killer script and taut direction might have distracted from pristine uniforms, clean-shaven chins, sunny forest days, and maps that are out by half a century.” Cult films and the people who make them

“When the unseen evil in the woods does torment the soldiers, it is usually in a bloody and brutal fashion. This peppers the film with several moments of gore and special effects that jolts things back into a horror environment […] These violent incidents offset the drama nicely and will please those that want a more visceral movie.” Infernal Cinema

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Filming locations:
Cumbria and North Yorkshire, England


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