Utter ludicrousness arrives in the form of “Stonehenge Apocalypse”, an opportunistic made for TV outing aiming to cash in on the semi success of the considerably flashier and more glamorous “2012”. Director Paul Ziller certainly has a great deal of experience in the low budget disaster movie arena, having helmed the likes of “Solar Strike”, “Polar Storm” and the excellently titled “Ice Quake”, not to mentioned a long list of cheap creature features including “Beyond Loch Ness”, “Snakehead Terror”, “Swarmed” and more. The film has a relatively recognisable cast made up of television stars, headlined by Misha Collins (“Supernatural”), with support from Hill Harper (“CSI: NY”), Torri Higginson (“Stargate: Atlantis”) and Peter Wingfield (“Highlander: The Source”). Coming with an all important behind the Scenes featurette and trailer, the film is out now on region 2 DVD thanks to Anchor Bay Entertainment.
The film follows Collins as Jacob Glaser, a formerly respected and prize winning physicist turned conspiracy theory crackpot radio host, who starts tracking strangely elevated electromagnetic energy readings across the globe, all seeming to emanate from the ever sinister stones of Stonehenge. After a series of disasters befall the world, all relating to pyramids turning into volcanoes, Glaser’s theory that Stonehenge is apparently part of some kind of ancient alien terraforming system start to seem terrifyingly true, signifying that the end of the world is surely nigh. While military minds struggle to come up with a solution, Glaser’s own quest brings him up against a former colleague who now leads a crazed sect desperate to see all humanity wiped out.
If you managed to read through the above synopsis without laughing or even cracking a smile, then congratulations, but “Stonehenge Apocalypse” probably isn’t the film for you. In fact, this bare bones summary really fails to truly do justice to the film’s supreme level of far out lunacy, which packs in more determinedly creative idiocy than a dozen other Z-movies combined. Managing the near impossible by being even more ridiculous than “2012” and other Hollywood disaster epics themselves, the film is a non-stop jaw drop of hilarity, with countless side-splitting scenes and moments of awe-inspiring daftness. The film is all the funnier for its straight faced approach, though thankfully this comes without Ziller taking the material seriously in the least, and the film is clearly designed for brain off, beer drenched viewing pleasure, when characters spouting lines about nuking Stonehenge don’t seem all that improbable.
On this level, the film certainly delivers, and arguably makes for more entertainment than the vast majority of its grander cousins, showing a cheerfully economic style than throws in plenty of set pieces. The special effects are uniformly awful of course, with some shockingly substandard CGI that fails to even create a single convincing shot of Stonehenge itself, let alone huge erupting pyramids, though this really only adds to the fun. This having been said, the film is surprisingly well made and acted for this kind of thing, with the cast uniformly likeable and the pacing fast throughout, never giving the viewer too much time to ponder things best left imponderable.
Though there’s no denying that “Stonehenge Apocalypse” is a crazy mess, it’s certainly a very enjoyable one, at least for fans of trash and low budget wackiness. Boasting an impressive combination of bizarre ideas and a full on sense of nonsensical enthusiasm, it comes highly recommended for anyone who even remotely thinks it sounds like fun.
Paul Ziller (director) / Brad Abraham, Paul Ziller (screenplay)
CAST: Misha Collins … Jacob Glaser
Torri Higginson … Dr. Kaycee Leeds
Peter Wingfield … Dr. John Trousdale
Hill Harper … Joseph Leshem