Review: The Tomb: Devil’s Revenge
A balance of terror with William Shatner
Written by Tom Roberts
The demand on this film is not for it to be any good. No, the demand here is a simple one: bread and circuses – entertain us!
The film opens with John and two of his friends exploring a dangerous network of caves, where they stumble across an ancient relic and awful things happen, leading to the untimely demise of one friend. Suffering from confusing visions, John goes to see his (crazy) father, from whom we learn there’s a family curse that has passed down the generations and that he must destroy the relic - so of course, he heads back down to the deadly cave system with his wife and teenage children in tow.
William Shatner and Jeri Ryan star, both stalwart Star Trek actors having played the legendary Captain Kirk and ex-Borg Seven Of Nine respectively. Shatner is predictably the stand out - his performance is menacing and unhinged. If there were to be an ‘Amok Time’ style arena fight of entertaining info-dumps, his rant could take on most competitors.
The film fails as a fun horror romp, which makes it a frustrating watch. The dialogue is all over the place, and the story makes little to no sense (what, precisely, is the family curse? They seem to be doing fine). None of this would matter if it was entertaining and while there are some fun camp moments they are spread far too thinly and don’t manage to bring enough energy to carry the rest of the film.
With an errand of mercy and a jolt of energy from the fandom and geekery that surround Star Trek like a floating nebulae of joy – The Tomb: Devil’s Revenge could earn itself a second star. Left alone, floating in space with only its own merits, it comes up short even for this.
Released on DVD and Digital Platforms from 14th September.
Director: Jared Cohn
Screenwriter: Maurice Hurley
Cast: William Shatner, Jeri Ryan, Jason Brooks
Running Time: 94 minutes