is a film directed by Michael Mann
. It was made in 1983
. The story centers around an ancient keep
(as in the structure) in a mountain pass in Romania
during World War II
. A group of Nazi troops
are sent to occupy the Keep in order to guard the pass. One of them, however, accidentally wakes an ancient evil
inside the Keep, which begins to kill soldiers. Eventually, two local Jew
s are brought in - a man and his daughter - and the daughter is threatened in order to force the father to translate Hebraic
documents which might offer a clue as to the nature of the beast. Unknowst to the Nazis, the creature is a golem
; a being raised from the ground in a Hebrew ritual. The father promises his daughter to the creature in a rage for revenge
, if it will kill all the Nazis present.
Far away, in another land, an ancient protector has felt the creature awaken, and begins his journey back...
A fun flick. Stars Scott Glenn, Gabriel Byrne, Jurgen Prochnow, Ian Mckellan and W. Morgan Sheppard among others.
Wow! Thanks Li Kao! I didn't know that, and will now have to seek out the books...