Sure, he was outshone by his leading lady in both of these films not to mention by the title characters in , but he did interesting work in interesting material each time. It feels utterly different too. Adrian Paul and Kate Nauta do good work, strangely alternating their tone as the film runs on. The introduction of the attractive J. The setting itself provides a perfect choice of isolation that enhances the creepy nature of the film. She's not a prolific actress, as she's also a singer and model, but hopefully I'll get to see her in another challenging role before I catch up with Avalanche Sharks.
Jack finds a desk full of pertinent books: Dante's Inferno, The Arabian Nights and Huxley's The Devils of Loudon. Perhaps the most effective technical component is the editing, courtesy of Jamie Trevill. . He encounters a sole survivor Jennie Christianson who urges him to leave at once. Prof Borman's men believed what they were reading, it would seem, because they went so far as to sacrifice a jackal in an obviously religious ritual and use its blood to paint protective verses on the walls. Yet it escalates subtly to a stunning end and the same could be said of many of the psychological setups we're given.
It turns out that the drilling team were attempting to break into a huge cavern that was nine miles below the surface of the Sahara desert to see what might be inside. One particularly freaky scene has Jack reflected in a pair of mirrors to create an endless effect, but his reflection is different, horrifying. So either The Crazy done got into Jack or the Devil is real. One key scene has him investigate a banging noise, to find that it's merely a screen banging against a door that has been propped shut with a chair; the door bursts open in front of Jack and the wind rushes into the facility. The setup was cool and the way that we were spoon fed little tidbits of the story worked mighty well. Anyway, time to settle in at the hellish facility and start fresh the next day.
North Africa, Sahara desert sets the location for this testing facility which housed 25 people. Sounds cool to Jack but his asshole boss back at home base informs him to hold tight until the authorities come. Promotional image for Nine Miles Down 2009 film. Oh, I love good bad movies too; but this was a bad bad movie, which is the worst kind. Could Prof Borman have actually discovered the literal Hell? The script sets up a classic dichotomy between reason and belief in the supernatural — something heavily underscored in one dialogue scene between Adrian Paul and Kate Nauta at one point. Why is her name not on the team roster? For most of the 00s, Anthony Waller circled around the perpetually announced Nine Miles Down and the artificial intelligence quasi-documentary 2010 , with both being released towards the end of the decade but failing to achieve wide distribution.
Jack signals back that the place is uninhabited which warrants an investigation. A drilling team digs so far down that they break thru a crust and hear sounds coming up that sound like screams from hell. From the top-notch voice cast to the groundbreaking visual imagining of this universe, this movie is the beginning of a franchise with unlimited potential from Sony Pictures Animation. The slow start where Jack explores the deserted station uncovering more clues set the movie up perfectly. She plays back tape recordings from the drill head and when Jack filters them out, he hears screams coming from the pit and believes that the team have physically drilled down to Hell.
There's also a religious encyclopaedia, opened to a highlighted entry on Umal Duwayce, described as 'a Middle Eastern version of the succubus'. Perhaps even closer than this was 1998 , another clearly Thing-influenced film featuring a team investigating satanic forces loose in a polar base. When Adrian Paul starts exploring the deserted base and we gets hints in video clips and books left open that he is dealing with something demonic, I had the immediate sinking feeling that we were in for a ground-based version of 1997 — a film about a spaceship that returned after having physically passed through Hell. Put together they suggest that Paul's career is a more interesting one than we might expect, something backed up by his panels at DarkCon. I mean she is hot. Apparently Val Kilmer and John Carpenter were both attached to the project at one time or another. It's no wonder that as time passes, he starts to believe that perhaps there's something going on here beyond what we might deem rational, that the vast geological anomaly nine miles under the desert is something more than a vast geological anomaly and that Prof Borman's drillbit released someone or something who may be stalking the site, such as a demonic succubus highlighted in an encylopaedia.
This is confirmed not long after as Adrian Paul starts hearing the voices of damned souls in the sounds coming up from the pit and then thinks that survivor Kate Nauta might be in league with or a manifestation of the Devil. This is confirmed not long after as Adrian Paul starts hearing the voices of damned souls in the sounds coming up from the pit and then thinks that survivor Kate Naura might be in league with or a manifestation of the Devil. As the film progresses it tends to sometimes get lost into the madness factor which leaves the 3rd act a bit vague. The site has been leased to a team of geologists led by Professor Borman who were seeking to drill nine miles down, deeper than any drilling that had been conducted before, in search of samples. This movie is largely a two person play and though there is a lot of weird imagery and camera trickery in support of these two people, the success of lack thereof rests almost completely in the hands of these two people.
This is successful, though I'm convinced that it would have been even more so had the focus been more equally distributed between the two characters. If this was a horror movie, that would be easy: of course she'd be Umal Duwayce. In short, the whole film is a huge, confused mess. To his credit, you cannot deny that Anthony Waller creates an exceedingly haunted atmosphere throughout — noises and bangings, sudden jumps provided by voices on video recordings, Adrian Paul thinking he sees figures in the sandstorm or hands banging at the window of his Jeep as he tries to sleep. As absurd as it sounds it also makes perfect sense if you were to contemplate the notion. Which still, in the final analysis, exceeded my expectations for this film. The story is strong and does most of what it sets out to do.
It's another surprising film made from another surprising script and it was also shot in Budapest, though it couldn't have looked any more different; originally set in the Australian outback, the story was eventually shifted to the Sahara desert. Jack is a security guard for some operation out in the Sahara and he has been dispatched to this operation because nobody has heard from anybody in this operation for quite a while. Things take a turn for the stranger when he discovers a jackal slaughtered in what looks like a ritual… The place seems empty until he runs into Dr. Jack asks the questions we would ask, of course. Wasn't his expedition male only? And if you think this paragraph was an awkward segue then you should see him drop the bombshell during a romantic meal.