The Keep
Drama, Thriller, Action, War, Mystery, Romance, Horror
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Michael Mann
Wolf Kahler as S.S. Adjutant
Royston Tickner as Tomescu
Frederick Warder as Border Guard #1
Jona Jones as Otto
Phillip Joseph as Sergeant Oster
Robert Prosky as Father Mihail Fonescu
Alberta Watson as Eva Cuza
Michael Carter as Molasar
William Morgan Sheppard as Alexandru (as Morgan Sheppard)
Ian McKellen as Dr. Theodore Cuza
Jürgen Prochnow as Captain Klaus Woermann
Scott Glenn as Glaeken Trismegestus
Gabriel Byrne as Major Kaempffer
Storyline: Nazis are sent to guard an old, mysterious fortress in a Romanian pass. One of them mistakenly releases an unknown force trapped within the walls. A mysterious stranger senses this from his home in Greece and travels to the keep to vanquish the force. As soldiers are killed, a Jewish man and his daughter (who are both knowledgeable of the keep) are brought in to find out what is happening.
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an oddity that's neither one thing or the other!
I tried to like this strange movie. Looking more like a pantomime set rather than a film set, plus the T.Dream music that for me did not help but was intrusive and at times grated. There was a better movie in there somewhere, Maybe M.Mann's original cut? Sir Ian's accent was anything but Eastern European, more American than anything. I notice on his own site he says the director asked him to drop the Rumanian accent for a Chicago one, if true it sounds strange to say the least. The only actor who seemed believable to me was Jurgen Prochnow, Gabriel Byrne doing pretty much as every other actor doing the sadistic Nazi act does with the exception of the brilliant Christoph Waltz in Tarantino's 'Inglourious Basterds' I thought the monster quite good until 'it' opened it's mouth, it spoke with a better accent than Ian Mckellen. In my view this 'mish mash' was a missed opportunity.
A rough effort by Mann but still a very interesting film to check out
Its really great to hear SOMEBODY not ripping on this movie. I've finally had a chance to watch it after hearing one horrible thing after another about it from nearly every user on IMDb and many others. I felt that this was actually a decent atmospheric horror film. It definitely has some major flaws. I completely agree that the soundtrack is the biggest weakness, but to I felt the EXACT same way about Mann's Manhunter which was a GREAT movie messed up by a horrible 80's soundtrack. Anyway I felt that the film actually had some good acting despite what many reviews and users have said. Ian McKellan's character is a little bit over the top but I suspect this was one of his earliest films after coming out of theater so that would make sense. The camera work was spooky and consistent with the eerie tone and the film itself has an interesting theme about the nature of corruption and the manifestation of inner demons. Yeah it was made in 1983 so it has bad cheesy special effects but I give props to Mann for doing such a risky ambitious project. This was definitely one of his early films so it is quite obvious that he still progressing as a budding filmmaker, but it is very interesting to see how a master filmmaker of today started out in the 80's. Its a rocky beginning but most certainly shows signs of a masterful hand being developed.
I have two words for this film… But they're unprintable
Rubber Monsters, poor acting and eighties pop-promo visuals are the only thing you'll take away from this miss-step from acclaimed director Michael Mann. The Keep, as others have said, had the potential to be something original and hauntingly atmospheric, well there is at least an atmosphere, but as for originality, well the film reeks of cheap rate, straight to video schlock for the eighties dungeons and dragons crowd. The acting is for the most part terrible, and coming from respected actors like Gabriel Byrne, Jurgen Prochnow and Ian McKellen is a great insult. Mann was obviously far to wrapped up in his slow motion, foggy photography that he failed to notice he had actors, not to mention the terrible continuity errors, a point in the film when a whip-pan shows us a little too much of the assistant director, the floppy dummy human that bends as he flies through the air and a needlessly explicit sex scene halfway though. I don't even want to start on the rubber monster that shows up at the end, are we supposed to be scared? Well I was scared, scared by the sight of how many people rate this as a good film. The Keep not only bores me, but also disappoints me, I also feel a sense of anger by the fact that I spent good money on this film, which must have been an anger Paramount was feeling at the time of the Keep's release. This is one movie that should have been sealed within the walls of the fortress and never released, a film so bad that no amount of slick photography (DOP Alex Thomson ironically calls the film an embarrassment) can make up for this failure. The Keep, keep it away.
What a demon
From the novel to the screen, an adaptation of how during WWII a small pass in the Romanian mountains became occupied by German soldiers under an alliance between governments. During their brief stay, a crippled professor of linguistics is called in to decipher an ancient scrawled message by a released tenant of The Keep by the name of Molasar. A creature with unlimited power and unstoppable appetite for human souls. Yet as with all certain demons, there are the caretakers or destroyers to hold its essence inside its prison. Hence the guardian Glaeken Trismegestus. His role was to either push him back into the keep, or destroy him altogether using a powerful lance for which Molasar has no defence against. In between is Eva, the professors daughter who becomes infatuated with Glaeken. But the troubles are not all over as Molasar required the now healed professor to remove a talisman out of the keep so he could roam the earth once more, laying waste to everything. This was a good film from Micheal Mann, who also brought Heat, Miami Vice, Manhunter and various other gritty films for which he is known for. Another good deal to the movie, was the music, Tangerine dream who supplied the track to film. A dark and sinister story of how the very essence of man can make a creature in physical form without limits, and give it consciousness. The end fight could have been better between Glaeken and Molasar, using their feats of energy and power that has been imbued to them since ancient times. The idea of Molasar and Glaeken goes further back than just five hundred years, in fact it goes back close to fifty thousand years. During the times when Atlantis was still around, and when man had no limitations using his mind. Always a wonderful film to watch, and a classic to the strange world of Micheal Mann.
There is no other film like this.
When I was young I sneaked in the first fifteen minutes of 'The Keep' when it was shown on BBC2's Moviedrome before I had to go to bed. Those scenes stuck in my head for years before it finally appeared on video a year or so ago. The dreamlike quality, the Tangerine Dream score, the reliance on atmosphere and implication rather than expository dialogue hit me right where it matters. When I finally saw the whole film at the age of twenty-four I was disappointed as it is, as other reviewers have pointed out, incoherent and badly dated. But it still has that Michael Mann touch, the same feeling that permeates 'Manhunter' and 'The Insider', both two of my favourite films of all time. 'The Keep' is all about atmospheres and ambience - when the demon becomes visible the film loses its way due to clumsy dialogue and effects. The unseen and the unsaid are what aids the film and its best scenes follow this rule. The film opens in what I can only describe as the closest feeling to a dream that you've ever had. Long shots of mountains, chasms, water, Jurgen Prochnow's eyes, the driving music, and then into the village that surrounds the keep. The film moves to slow motion and you feel like events are taking place within a fairytale. The scene where the soldiers remove the silver cross and the force is unleashed is incredible. There is one of the most fantastic shots in cinema when the camera pulls back into the recesses of the keep and the force makes its way to the intruders above. Scenes like this make up for the remainder of the film which seems to rush to the finale and not explain what is actually happening. I hope that one day a DVD is released and that Mann releases the film as close to his vision as intended. I'd recommend 'The Keep' if you like slowly paced, ambient, and mysterious films where every question is not answered. You may end up feeling frustrated!
History of why this movie is not on DVD
I'll try to keep this as short as possible (but there's a lot of details). From what I have gathered on the net, as far as IMDb, Amazon, and many, many fan sites and forums, and direct chats, the following is *MOST LIKELY* true. I invite you to digest the information, and make it what you will. I'm not sure of the conclusion myself.

1.) I tried to buy the widescreen laser-disc in 2001 on Ebay and another buyer told me to wait because, according to him, the DVD was coming out out soon, hopefully in time for Halloween (2001) with possible commentary by McKellen, Byrne, Prochnow, widescreen, possibly deleted scenes and an alternate ending. He said the studio was hesitant about spending the "commentary money" on McKellen and others because they weren't "household names". This was before LOTR & Gandalf, of course. To this day I don't know if this Ebay buyer made all this up to trick me out of bidding on the laser-disc, but, at that time it worked. I acquired the laser-disc later anyways. I emailed the editors at and telling them about this coming DVD. They sounded excited. It's now 2006 and still no DVD. POINT: DVD rumored to come by Halloween 2001 in widescreen with some kind of commentary and possible deleted scenes.

2.) Sometime in mid 2002 a new rumor surfaced that the DVD was indeed being worked on at Paramount and would be coming soon, again, possibly in time for Halloween. POINT: 2002 passed and no DVD.

3.) Sometime in early 2003 Martin Blythe at Paramount answered KEEP DVD questions on the hometheaterforum boards. Possibly the last post you can find from Blythe on THE KEEP DVD on hometheaterforum's website (where many DVD editors visit and chat with us common folks) when asked when THE KEEP was coming out says "The Keep is moving out of this year [2003]." Whatever that means. POINT: 2003 passed and still no DVD.

4.) Many Horror, scifi, and DVD websites started listing November 2004 as the release date for THE KEEP DVD. Unfortunately, they also reported that the DVD would be in fullscreen and mono. This sounds more realistic doesn't it, especially when Paramount is making the DVD (if you haven't noticed, they seem to care less about special editions, features, remastering, etc. except for Trek). Martin would neither confirm nor deny the much touted November 30th, 2004 release date. POINT: Many DVD websites had an 11/30 release date listed for a fullscreen and mono version of THE KEEP on DVD. Nov 30th 2004 came and went. No DVD.

5.) According to Martin Blythe, who is apparently no longer at Paramount, the reason for the delay is they "want to do this right!" and "we are waiting for Michael Mann's participation". On November 22, 2004 Martin wrote me an email saying "some time next year. We need the director first". POINT: According to a DVD editor at Paramount, all the delays have been because they are waiting on Michael Mann.

6.) To my knowledge, nothing has been heard between 2005 and 2006 from any studio. POINT: No official documented activity since late 2004.

7.) I personally spoke with one of Mann's DVD producers for Miami VICE the movie a few months ago who told me his opinion was that Mann is embarrassed and slightly ashamed of the movie and would rather ignore it and forget it. He wasn't going on record and he wasn't sure, but he was fairly confident of this. This seems to jive with other stories on the net. But it contradicts stories that talk of Mann presently re-cutting the film. POINT: Maker of Miami VICE DVD says Mann hates THE KEEP and isn't supporting it.

8.) One website said that Mann was going to work on THE KEEP DVD just after he finished Collateral and got Miami VICE going. POINT: Rumor.

9.) Tangerine Dream can't release the full score because: a) Virgin records won't let them, (maybe) or b) Tangerine Dream is mad at Michael Mann himself because he hardly used any of their score and re-edited the music they gave him (even stealing parts from LOGOS Dominion theater) to fit his movie, without their permission. (Big maybe). I'ts possible Mann was waiting on Tangerine Dream to finish their score for THE KEEP and just used bits and pieces from LOGOS as a temp track, which was never meant to stay in the movie (at the time). However, the temp track may have been left in because of fighting with Tangerine Dream (he never used their final score).

Take your pick. POINT: Don't count on an isolated score for the DVD. Paramount wouldn't spend the money if they could anyway.

10.) Of all the special editions you own and love, how many are from Paramount? We know that studios like Anchor Bay and New Line put the most effort into DVDs (Disney has of late also). What are the odds of a studio who barely supports DVDs, much less special editions, shelling out the extra money it would take for extras, supplemental material, commentaries, remastering old archival prints of deleted and alternate scenes, for a movie that bombed in the theaters, only the most die hard fans love, and has been delayed 5 years in a row? We'll be lucky to get a trailer and the movie in widescreen, and that's if the studio is having a good week. We need Anchor Bay on this.

11.) UPDATE: "documentation : Studio Magazine July/August 2006 (France) article/overview on the career of (Michael Mann) excerpt/rough translation : "Critical and box office failure (details on the plot) This feature film, ignored by the filmmaker himself during his interviews, has not been released in DVD and can't be seen in theaters or on TV."
a good story, badly executed
After seeing Collateral at the cinema and loving it, I thought I would look up Michael Mann and see what else he had done. I had never heard of him before so was surprised to see that he was the guy behind Miami Vice... don't get me wrong... I'm not a fan, but I have heard of it.

Anyways, I red the description for The Keep and it sounded interesting and it had Ian McKellen starring so I thought, I'll give this one a whirl, as a horror fan anyway, I love the whole supernatural/horror deal.

I couldn't find it to buy anywhere, so like everyone else in the same situation I turned to eBay where I found a number of people selling this film. That being an indication that the film wasn't too good and one that I also ignored, I bid and won a copy and watched it the other day.

I've rarely seen such a fresh take on an idea so held back by poor handling. Barring Ian McKellen and Jurgen Prochnow, the cast left a lot to be desired and having said that, even Ian McKellen wasn't on top form... I mean, what the hell was that accent about. The effects were OK, you can't fault them too much given that its 1983 we're talking about. The sound and image quality weren't brilliant though, the volume of the film didn't even remain consistent, I was constantly putting the volume up to hear whispering characters and then being blown away when they began shouting. The location where this film was shot did allow for the occasional impressive shot and I'll admit, some of the powerful (80s-style) music, although sometimes used inappropriately and for too long, was good and did contribute to the film's atmosphere a lot.

All in all however, I thought this film could have been so much better. So... Michael Mann... I loved Collateral... but dude, what were you thinking when you made this... I think your mind may of been elsewhere.
A mess
It's been a few years since I last watched this riff on "Dracula," and it has not held up. This is either due to the studio cutting half the finished movie or the director not being suited to the horror genre. Perhaps it's both. Sadly, the novel (the original, not the revised version) is a humdinger. An ancient entity is imprisoned in a vast structure deep inside a Romanian mountain. It is bound by what appears to be a series of silver crosses embedded in the walls that bind it. During WWII, a Nazi contingent arrives and takes over the small town at the foot of the Keep, and curiosity and greed soon get the better of the bored soldiers. The creature is released and starts picking them off to regain strength and shape before it ventures out. The opening scenes are spellbinding, as Michael Mann is a visualist extraordinaire. But once the actual plot gets going, it's all downhill from there. The monster is never scary, there is little suspense and the jagged studio editing makes the story hard to follow. Admittedly, it was shot on a shoestring budget, and Mann does the best with what he had to work with. This is no cult classic, folks. The best we can hope for is a big-budget remake, especially in this CGI era.
Michael Mann's Cult classic
The Keep is based on the 1981 horror novel, of the same name, by American author F. Paul Wilson. The Keep was the first of six novels, called 'The Adversary Cycle'


They were all drawn to the Keep.

The soldiers who brought death.

The father and daughter fighting for life.

The people who have always feared it.

And the one man who knows its secret...

Tonight, they will all face the evil.


Set in April 1941, Nazi soldiers are using the Keep of a castle, which is set high in the Romanian Carpathian mountains, as a base. Unfortunately, the soldiers are being killed off one-by-one by a mysterious entity. The Nazi commander asks for help and an SS extermination squad is sent to remedy the problem. Soon the SS soldiers are dying, too, so the SS officer has a Professor and his daughter, from Bucharest, brought to the Keep, in order to find out what is killing his men. The Professor, an expert in old Slovanic and Romanian dialects, is charged with deciphering a cryptic message that has been left on the walls of the Keep, in blood. The entity turns out to be an old evil, from an age of sorcerers, that has been imprisoned beneath the Keep for millennia. Seeing a use in the Professor, who is wheelchair bound, the entity promises him his health and youth back in return for his help. Soon after, an immortal who built the Keep as a prison arrives and, with the help of the Professors daughter, fights the evil.


Although not full of action or the blood-and-guts horror of recent times, this is a classic of the genre. Boasting a cast that includes Ian McKellen, Scott Glenn, Jurgen Prochnow, Gabriel Byrne, Alberta Waton & William Morgan Sheppard, this should have been an instant hit. The screenplay, written by Michael Mann, is short and concise with the actors 'becoming' their characters, to add power to the story. Filmed with hardly any colour and with very few sets, the film can come across as slightly claustrophobic, which only adds to the heightening terror. The soundtrack, by Tangerine Dream, gives the film an almost dreamlike quality, which is at total odds with the 1941 setting of Nazi occupied Romania. But, somehow, it all works. When it was released, it became an instant 'cult' hit but was a critical and financial disaster for Paramount.


In July 2006, F. Paul Wilson made 'The Keep' into a graphic novel. His reason for this was to visualise what his version of the film would have been like.
After reading Paul Wilson's excellent suspenseful novel (which I picked at a second-hand book stall in a remote Welsh village) I couldn't wait to watch the film adaptation… And what a disappointment!! The only thing worth mentioning is the beautiful cinematography. As for the rest, the script is laughable at times, the main actors are totally miscast and the score is totally out of place… An electronic soundtrack on a horror story set in World War II??... The composer must have been high on weed. Jurgen Prochnow was cast because of his new international popularity after Das Boot. The girl (who is she?!) looks too much like a 1980s disco vamp, Ian McKellen seems like he happened to be passing by (Peter Cushing would have been great in the role!), Scott Glenn looks like a zombie in a cheap George Romero flick, and Robert Prosky's character was totally created by the screenwriter and is totally gratuitous, since he does nothing of any relevance to the plot. And the monster looks rather like Predator than a centuries old demon. And now I see where Mr Coppola got the armour suit design for Gary Oldman's Vlad Tepes in his infamous 1992 Dracula from… If you haven't read Wilson's novel, you won't understand half of what is going on: who is the demon, who is Glaeken, what links them to each other, who built the keep?… So many questions without an answer, so many loose ends. I understand the film originally ran for three hours but it was chopped down to 90 minutes by the studio against Mann's wishes. They totally ruined it. Don't waste your time on this mess. Go and read the book if you get a chance.
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