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.
Mysterious sorcerous stranger Glaeken Trismegestus (Scott Glenn) arrives to do battle with both and to save the innocents caught in-between.
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.
Author F. Paul Wilson hated it, and Mann’s three-hour director’s cut was chopped in half by Paramount.