Michael J Bassett (2002)

15 Certificate


Our Score
If war is hell, this combat-themed chiller from debutant writer/director Michael J Bassett isn't much better. Billy Elliot's Jamie Bell plays the youngest recruit of a First World War platoon that's lost deep in enemy territory, but takes refuge in an uncharted trench where the men are systematically picked off by a seemingly supernatural assassin. There's little to set the pulse racing, apart from some ghostly noises and a few gory effects, and Bassett's lumbering direction blasts any artistry, horror or suspense clean out of the target area. It also doesn't help that you can't work out who's doing what to whom, as the uniformed actors are covered from head to foot in mud in the murky, smoke-filled trench. Frankly, it's all tedious on the western front in this bum-numbing bore.


A platoon of British soldiers becomes lost in no-man's-land during the First World War, and strikes camp in an uncharted and seemingly deserted enemy trench. As strange things start to happen, the soldiers realise their hiding place is haunted by an evil supernatural force that makes them turn on each other. Horror, starring Jamie Bell, Hugo Speer, Matthew Rhys, Andy Serkis and Laurence Fox.

Cast & Crew

Charlie Shakespeare Jamie Bell
Sergeant Tate Hugo Speer
"Doc" Fairweather Matthew Rhys
Private Quinn Andy Serkis
Captain Jennings Laurence Fox
McNess Dean Lennox Kelly
Bradford Hugh O'Conor
Private Hawkstone Hans Matheson
Director Michael J Bassett
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: PathéGuidance: Violence and swearing.Available on: video and DVDReleased on: 6 Dec 2002