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The Keep

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United Kingdom, United States · 1983
Rated R · 1h 36m
Director Michael Mann
Starring Scott Glenn, Alberta Watson, Jürgen Prochnow, Robert Prosky
Genre Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Nazis take over an ancient fortress that contains a mysterious entity that wreaks havoc and death upon them.

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Washington Post by

Nothing if not monumentally obsessed, Mann seems to be volunteering himself as the American film industry's answer to the cinema of ultraportentous imagery and crackpot visionary affectation. One imagines him entering the unofficial competition trailing swirls of smoke or ground fog and radiating backlit shafts of light, like half the characters in his movie. [17 Dec 1983, p.B3]


Empire by Adam Smith

The Keep wears its crap bits proudly on it's sleeve, its qualities are more hidden and emerge only once you've watched it, dismissed it and then found that it's atmosphere refuses to disperse.


Miami Herald by Bill Cosford

Mann deserves credit for trying new stuff, of course; The Keep is nothing if not ambitious. But it isn't anything more, either. [20 Dec 1983, p.D5]


The Globe and Mail (Toronto) by Jay Scott

The Keep has opened just in time - if it had waited another couple of weeks, it would have been the worst horror movie of 1984 and there wouldn't have been anything to look forward to all year. [17 Dec 1983]


The Dissolve by Scott Tobias

Mann’s achievement in creating his own dreamlike alternate reality alongside a historical one isn’t necessarily diminished by his failure to bring the story across. The keep has a presence: castle walls that stretch to infinity, an ancient Evil that forbids lodgers and requires rituals to contain it, the metaphorical heft of standing over a war of unimaginable atrocity. And thanks to Mann, The Keep has a presence, too.

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