DVD Review: Trench 11 (2017)

August 19, 2018

Written by DanXIII

Daniel XIII; the result of an arcane ritual involving a King Diamond album, a box of Count Chocula, and a copy of Swank magazine, is a screenwriter, director, producer, actor, artist, and reviewer of fright flicks…Who hates ya baby?

As World War I rages above, a small group of Allied troops explore an abandoned bunker far below ground. Inside those claustrophobic confines they discover an unimaginable horror…okay, it’s pretty imaginable…but it’s bad fuckin’ news all the same! You see, those fun lovin’ goofs the Germans have created a super shitty biological weapon which infects one of our heroes faster than you can say The Kaiser. Naturally our sickly soldier begins stalking and slaying his erstwhile comrades with wild abandon!
Trench 11 has one major plus going for it and that’s fantastic lighting and set design that really creates an air of hopeless claustrophobia.  Our heroes literally have next to nowhere to hide as their infected friend goes plum crazy. It creates a fantastic aesthetic, and keeps the suspense rate high. Another plus are the effects, that while are not plentiful, are nevertheless well executed. Special mention must also be made to the period accurate costumes and gear which were pulled off in admirable fashion on such a low budget.
On the downside, the soldiers themselves have nothing to their characters that make them really standout. They are in dire straits for sure, but to a man there isn’t much to make us really give a damn about them on a personal level…outside of being generic victims that is.
So the film is serviceable enough, but what of the special features contained on this DVD release? You get two things, Jack and shit. Enjoy.
If you are in the mood for a claustrophobic thriller with some quick gore and solid aesthetics, then Trench 11 will fit the bill nicely, but ultimately it will fail to stick with you due to it’s deficit of memorable characters.


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