George Burt, Tom Paton, Mikel Iriarte, Alexa Waugh, Ashley Paton, Craig Hinde, Alvin Adams (executive) for Airpick Pictures
directed by Tom Paton
starring Samantha Schnitzler, Mike Beckingham, Kris Johnson, Bentley Kalu, Angela Dixon, Phoebe Robinson-Galvin, Sophia Del Pizzo, Andy Gibbins, Jessica-Jane Stafford, Fredi 'Kruga' Nwaka, Toby Osmond, Alana Wallace, Henry Douthwaite, Esme Douthwaite, Luke D'Silva, Lauren Ashley Carter, Ashley Paton
written by Tom Paton, music by Max Sweiry, stunt coordination by Mark Johnston
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The "Elder Gods" have been spending the last several millenia
in some other dimension - until they returned to earth in the 1920s. But
humankind was prepared, and quickly the military with the help of some
occultists established the top secret army base Artemis Black Site from
where the Elder Gods were to be banished to hell. And with quite some
success, too, as by 1997, there are hardly any Elder Gods left on earth
and the facility's already pretty run down. In fact, the only recently
apprehended Erebus (Kris Johnson) might be one of the last Elder Gods
left, and he's to be deported today. There's a bit of a problem though
with that, as Erebus, 20 years back, killed one of the top soldiers of
Artemis, Rob Reid (Henry Douthwaite), after Reid deported Erebus' wife,
and presently Reid's daughter Ren (Samantha Schnitzler) is a minor officer
at Artemis - and it's seen as imperative that those two don't cross paths.
But what nobody has expected, Erebus has a legion of followers led by
ruthless swordswoman Ker (Phoebe Robinson-Galvin) who wouls do anything to
free their God - and they slaughter their way through most of Artemis'
personnel to get to him. But Ren might only be a minor officer, but she's
an excellent fighter, and she's hell-bent to get the "deporter"
Sam (Mike Beckingham) to Erebus before those who want to free him. But
once she and Erebus come face to face, it's revealed that not all things
may be what they seem, and Erebus isn't as much the bad guy as she has
perceived him to be - in fact he has called her to him for reasons nobody
would have ever suspected ...
Now this sure is a fun genre
bender: H.P. Lovecraft style horrors in a sci-fi setting carried by a
solid, 80s style action spectacle. And it works, too, as beyond all the
fireworks, Black Site has an actual story to tell, manages to catch
one by surprise every time one's sure where all this is heading, and it's
populated by interesting characters with actual character arcs. On top of
that, the thing oozes with atmosphere, and the likeably old-fashioned
B-movie approach to things is just charming. Well worth your time for