TreNch 11 (Leo Scherman) mashes up the films of John Carpenter, George A. Romero and maybe even Guy Maddin for an eccentric horror exercise in which a small team of Allied soldiers infiltrate an underground German bunker in the final days of the First World War and find something nasty waiting for them. It’s clearly been made on a shoestring, and the splatter effects are presented with a little too much enthusiasm for a movie about the madness of war, but Trench 11 moves well, offers a couple of clever twists and some interesting performances. Rossif Sutherland and Shaun Benson have good, wary chemistry as rival specialists, Robert Stadlober has a ball as a proudly mad scientist, and Karine Vanasse, who sparked opposite Sutherland in I’m Yours a few years back, makes a charming cameo. It’s not a classic or anything, but as these things go it’s pretty entertaining. 90 min. Some subtitles. NNN (Norman Wilner)
Ted Atherton (left) and Charlie Carrick are about to encounter something nasty in Trench 11.