The Keep

The Keep

Michael Mann (1983)

18 Certificate


Our Score
In one of the weirdest Second World War movies ever made, a bunch of German soldiers bivouac in an old Romanian castle and get gruesomely decimated by some unseen, supernatural force. By turns chilling, stylish, portentous and just plain silly, Michael Mann's second feature was a box-office bomb that temporarily wrecked his cinema career. (He went back to television and created Miami Vice.) Gabriel Byrne as an SS officer with a serious haircut, and Ian McKellen as a mad professor, are worth the price of admission alone, however.


Nazi troops set up a base in a Romanian castle, but unwittingly disturb a deadly supernatural force resting there. As the soldiers are picked off one by one, they are forced to turn to a Jewish academic for help in vanquishing the entity. Michael Mann's horror, starring Scott Glenn, Ian McKellen and Gabriel Byrne.

Cast & Crew

Glaeken Trismegestus Scott Glenn
Eva Alberta Watson
Woermann Jürgen Prochnow
Father Fonescu Robert Prosky
Raempffer Gabriel Byrne
Dr Cuza Ian McKellen
Alexandru Morgan Sheppard
Tomescu Royston Tickner
Director Michael Mann
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: U.I.P. (UK)Guidance: Violence.Available on: video