THE KEEP (1983) MOVIE NEWS & REVIEW
the keep (1983) movie
Genre | Supernatural Thriller
Classification | M
Running time | 96 minutes
Released | 16 December 1983
Scott Glenn ... Glaeken
Alberta Watson ... Eva Cuza
Jürgen Prochnow ... Woermann
Robert Prosky ... Father Fonescu
Gabriel Byrne ... Kaempffer
Ian McKellen ... Dr. Theodore Cuza
William Morgan Sheppard ... Alexandru (as Morgan Sheppard)
F. Paul Wilson ... (novel)
Michael Mann ... (screenplay)
Alex Thomson ... director of photography
Tony Palmer ... (uncredited)
box office result
Worldwide $ 4,218,594
Australia $ not available
North America $ 4,218,594
The writer of the original novel, F. Paul Wilson, was so unimpressed by Michael Mann's adaptation of his work, that he wrote a short story called "Cuts", in which a writer puts a voodoo curse on a director, who has mangled his work.
In the film's narrative, the "Keep" is to a massive uninhabited castle, citadel, or fortress located at the "Dinu Pass" in the Carpathian Alps in Transylvania, Romania. In the film, the interiors of the "Keep" are said to contain 108 T-shaped icons made of nickel. According to Author F. Paul Wilson, both elements of his story are fictitious: No building like "The Keep" ever existed, and no "Dinu Pass" can be found in Romania.
In a 1983 interview, Michael Mann referred to psychologist Dr. Bruno Bettelheim's "The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales" (first published in 1976) as an inspiration for his movie. Mann also said about his film, that "...it's very much a magical, dream-like, fairy-tale reality."