Dead Mine Review


From “Mum & Dad” writer/director Steven Sheil comes this dark claustrophobic action-horror arriving on DVD. Fans of “Outpost” and “The Descent” won’t be disappointed.



Sam Hazeldine (The Raven; Don’t Let Him In), Joe Taslim (The Raid; Fast & Furious 6), Miki Mizuno (Guilty of Romance; Kill), Ario Bayu (Macabre; Java Heat) and director Steven Sheil (Mum & Dad).


A group of treasure hunters set off to a remote Indonesian island searching for wartime gold. Things go from bad to worse when they are suddenly attacked by a mysterious enemy._MG_0521

Taking refuge in an old Japanese WWII mine it quickly comes apparent that the groups treasure hunt has turned into something far more sinister, when they discover the area was used for secret medical research on P.O.W’s

When bizarre occurrences start to happen in the bunker it is revealed that the explorers are not alone and something far more deadly awaits them.


A rather common introduction to a horror film introduces the credits and the main body of the film gets off to a slow start as we follow the treasure hunters accompanied by a group of soldiers as they start their hunt in Indonesia. Some beautiful scenery is introduced but the dialogue is slow so the first 15 minutes seems to drag on ever so slightly but you always feel its leading up to something, the calm before the storm so to speak.

And then the storm comes !  Obviously I can’t spoil it for you guys but as soon as they enter the mine it builds up a nice bit of tension that reminds me of Indiana Jones meets The Decent. A hunt for treasure with something hunting them ! With the cast in a mine shaft containing old prisoners of war, the Japanese had conducted experiments on the prisoners with drastic consequences, moulding the prisoners into super human servants and keeping them trapped in the mines below.

The film shows some great use of prosthetics the cast gel together extremely well and the historical references in the film fit well into the story. The only downside of this entire film was the ending, it was so poorly done it seemed as thou it was the quickest way to end the film and with no signs of a sequel on the cards it just seems unfinished. Apart from that it was a great watch and you guys should go and check it out !

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