Soldier of War aka Aux – UK, 2017 – reviews

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[Total: 5   Average: 2.8/5]

‘How do you fight the undead?’

Soldier of War is a 2017 British science fiction horror feature film directed by John Adams from a screenplay co-written with Peter Adams for Evolutionary Films as Aux. The movie stars John Rhys-Davies, Tanya Franks, Jack Derges and Rosie Fellner.

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Plot:

Deep in Shafton Forest, two teenage boys discover the entrance to a secret military bunker hidden since World War II and inadvertently awaken an undead soldier, who embarks on a grotesque, ritualistic killing spree.

A police investigation begins, but one by one the police and other locals are murdered. Only a World War II veteran holds the secret to stop the killings, but will anybody believe him?…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

” …Rhys-Davis is the leader of the pack when it comes to giving a noteworthy deed, but he felt somewhat underused as a whole. I loved the look of the killer himself, and his work was exemplary when it came to offing victims, but the biggest drawback to this entire production was the over-usage of some wretched CGI…” Brainwaves review

” …once the action crosses to the farm, and our detective duo start to get to work, the film starts clicking into place with some tense atmosphere and gruesome set pieces. The backstory turns out to be quite original and compelling, yet doesn’t over-explain. All in all, this is definitely worth checking out, just have patience.” Flash Bang review

John Rhys-Davies as Jack is the stand out character for me and delivers my favourite line in the whole movie “I shot him in the bunker “. It’s a good eerie location and mostly well shot. A few times they adopt a weird silent start to several scenes which eventually fades the sound in that I never really felt worked all that well.” Horrorscreams Videovault review

“A combination of digital and practical gore effects provides some bloody moments […]. Just the same, this is not your typical mass killer movie. There’s a lot more going on… Indie Horror Online review

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“It starts out as an ok slasher with elements of police procedural tagged to it just for good measure, only to eventually go supernatural to then culminate in a First Blood-inspired finale. And thanks to clever writing and a directorial effort high on atmosphere and suspense, this still comes out as a coherent whole, and a very entertaining one indeed.” Search My Trash

 

“The killer’s identity and motivation are an interesting variation on the leftover “super soldier” or military zombie we’ve seen in the like of the Outpost films […] I do wish the gore had been more practical and less CGI enhancement. But it’s good enough to get the job done most of the time. .” Voices from the Balcony

Release:

Soldier of War was released on VOD on March 3, 2019, and DVD April 9, 2019 by Uncork’d Entertainment.

Cast and characters:

  • John Rhys-Davies … Jack – The Half Dead; Scooby-Doo! Adventures: The Mystery Map; Anacondas: Trail of BloodAnaconda 3: OffspringThe FerrymanChupacabra Terror; 12 Days of Terror; VladEndangered Species; SabretoothAaahh!!! Real Monsters TV series; Gargoyles TV series; Ripper video game; Cyborg Cop;Tales from the Crypt TV series; WaxworkIn the Shadow of Kilimanjaro; Raiders of the Lost ArkSphinxBeasts TV series
  • Tanya Franks … Jane Dale
  • Rosie Fellner … Samantha Huntley
  • Theo Devaney … EOD Officer
  • Paul Reynolds … DI Reed
  • Jack Derges … Captain Grant
  • Gary Mavers … Carter
  • Sally Mortemore … Mrs. Roberts
  • Chris Wilson … Truck Driver
  • Greg Burridge … Armed Police Officer
  • Tristam Summers … Unwin
  • James Fisher … Police Patrol Constable
  • Patrick Pearson … Senior Army Officer
  • Glenn Salvage … Bob Pearce
  • Henry Douthwaite … Police Dog Handler
  • Anniwaa Buachie … Private Beverley
  • Amy Loughton … Forensic Officer
  • Liana Harris … Linda
  • Tony Pritchard … Farmer Roberts
  • Samantha Lyden … Bates
  • David Broughton-Davies … Home Secretary
  • Michael Elkin … Armed Police Officer

 

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