Saturday 27 April 2013
DVD review: Devils of War (2013)
It s Poland, 1944 and a team of Special Forces soldiers are called up by FDR. Their mission... to stage a daring raid on a fortress where the Nazis are kidnapping women and experimenting with the occult to raise a demon army. Furious and inglorious, get ready to raise hell! Devils of War is written and directed by Eli Dorsey. The acting is pretty bad but this ain´t a flick that you´ll be watching and expecting any awardwinning performances. Everyone in this are stereotypes but that´s a part of the universe where the flick takes place, it´s all fun and games. The composition of the Special Forces team is fun, a black samurai, a redneck sniper, the old timer and so on. The camerawork and editing is pretty good. The soundtrack is clearly inspired by italian movies of the 1970s, and parts of the soundtrack sounds like it is from a spaghetti western. It´s hard not to picture Rob Zombies faux trailer for Werewolf Women of the SS as one a major source of inspiration for the filmmakers. There are also influences from Ilsa She Wolf of the SS and Inglorious Bastards. This is, of course, not intended to be taken seriously and it´s very tongue in cheek and there is quite a bit of intentional comedy. The pace is quick, there´s plenty of shootouts, swordplay and fighting. There´s computer rendered fx, it is used for muzzleflashes, an aircraft and so on. There is brief gore, a badly mauled face which looks pretty good but I´m pretty sure that it is a computer rendered effect. There is also s nice practical burn make-up fx design. There´s topless nudity courtesy of Carly Kingston as Claudia Klum and Apple Lee as SS-Sturmbannfuehrer Solvig von Bosch.
This review is based upon the UK region 2 DVD release from Signature Entertainment.
Rating: 6 out of 7. I enjoyed this a lot, and I admit that I was a fan early on. Commandos, nazis doing occult experiments, demons, nicelooking women, a bit of comedy and a lot of light-hearted action makes this a winner.