07th Jan2022

‘Devil’s Triangle’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Liam Hawley, Morgan Bradley, Alyson Gorske, Torrey Richardson, Fred Williamson, Mark Valeriano, Myron Kingery, Alison Filoramo, Anthony W. Preston, Jordy Tulleners, Victoria Grant, Anna Shields, Alejandro De Anda | Written by Brendan Haley, Joe Roche | Directed by Brendan Petrizzo

Devil’s Triangle is the latest film from The Asylum, kings of the mock buster, who – this time round – give us an original story, set in that most famous of mysterious “landmarks”, the Bermuda Triangle. And who doesn’t love a good Bermuda Triangle movie? Hollywood certainly does. Hell, we got an entire TV show inspired by the urban legend.

Devil’s Triangle reminded me very much of 1978’s The Return of Captain Nemo – that film, at the time, married old-fashioned tech with modern-day stylings, whereas Devil’s Triangle takes futuristic elements of the Atlanteans and transplants wonder-day folk into them. And given that I’ve always LOVED The Return of Captain Nemo, I felt a similar kind of adoration for Devil’s Triangle.

Don’t get me wrong, we’re very much in low-budget Asylum territory with this movie but if you’re a fan of their product, then I’d happily say Devil’s Triangle is one of their better films off recent memory. Seriously. This is very much an old-school adventure movie rather than the mockbuster or monster movie we usually see from The Asylum – it reminds me more of films like Hercules Reborn, in so much that its a film that has a familiar core story to it, in this case the Bermuda Triangle, but it puts its own spin on things.

The film sees a plane shot down over the Bermuda Triangle, or Devil’s Triangle as this film calls it; yes, shot down… You read that right. You see here the Bermuda Triangle is home to Atlanteans who want to keep the rest of humanity out – a humanity that brings forth war and destruction in Atlantis’ eyes, so you can’t blame them to be fair. Anyway, the survivors end up either eaten by a shark or captured on the shore of an island by spear-wielding Atlanteans and taken by submarine to the watery depths below.

In a change to what we’ve seen of Atlantis in previous fantasy films, Devil’s Triangle posits that Atlantis is pissed with humanity, fed up with our behaviour and more importantly the effects of global warming – which is affecting Atlantis’ quiet and peaceful existence. How do they deal with this? Well, Atlantis’ king plans a bloody nuclear holocaust! Yes, As our new arrivals are shown round Atlantis and it’s so-called idyllic lifestyle, they learn that not all is as it seems and war is on the cards between humans and Atlanteans. Now most of this information comes from a cameoing Fred Williamson, who plays a former mainlander who has lived in Atlantis since the war and, whilst he tries to stay under the radar of the king and his cohorts, can’t help but get involved once he knows of humanities imminent destruction!

In a change to Asylum films of old, Devil’s Triangle apparently got a cinema debut in the US, in five cinemas no less, and so you m might think this movie would be the pinnacle of Asylum filmmaking. It’s very good but it’s not the pinnacle. In fact the film reuses – to good effect may I add – footage from other Asylum films and still keeps the budget super-low… I’d tend to think the five-screen debut was more to do with a lack of films at the box-office rather than anything else. But good on The Asylum for getting this one out there – as I said in the opening, this reminded me of The Return of Captain Nemo, which itself was very much in the same vein as the Saturday morning serials that used to proliferate cinemas years ago.

Devil’s Triangle has a similar vibe and spirit and as such I’d honestly like to have seen room for a sequel, hell a whole series of sequels – maybe creating a whole new “Atlantis versus Earth” universe, recreating that “heroic adventure” genre that gave us Flash Gordon and the King of the Rocketmen for modern audiences… One can only dream!

**** 4/5

Devil’s Triangle is available on digital, in North America, now.

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