How The Devil's Tomb made 'evil fallen angels' fun

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Jason Connery, who directed the DVD premiere movie The Devil's Tomb, told SCI FI Wire that the film is meant to be fun, even though it is played as a straight crisis. The film follows a team of soldiers uncovering evil fallen angels in an underground station.

"I think that it should be a bit of a roller-coaster ride," Connery said in an exclusive phone interview this week. "I keep the story moving, I feel, pace-wise. The other thing is, there's nothing better for me, as an audience, when you're watching a film and you kind of relax because you're laughing, and then something horrific happens. You feel as though your senses should be tweaked on all levels. I find so many films these days take themselves so seriously that it becomes really dour, and it's not as much fun. I think that's why Iron Man worked so brilliantly, because there's a lot of humor in there. That's what I hoped would also catch the imagination, because there's quite a lot of humor in it, and I think there should be."

The film features far-fetched movie moments, but you're supposed to go with that. For example, one soldier (Zack Ward) gets distracted by the vision of a naked centerfold and follows it to his doom. Of course, it never occurs to him that naked centerfolds don't generally hang out in underground death pits.

"The idea is that what they're seeing is, to them in that moment, completely real," Connery said. "At one stage, Yoshi [Stephanie Jacobsen] said it didn't only look real, it felt real. I know that there've been some issues as well about people saying, 'Well, why does Click [Brandon Fobbs] walk off and leave the group?' First of all, he's not a military guy. He has an inquisitive nature, and basically, as far as story is concerned, if everyone stayed together and nobody got split up, then it would be very difficult to keep the story moving. You'd find all your characters dead in the first reel."

This is all in good fun, but to team leader Mack (Cuba Gooding Jr.), this is a serious situation, so he has to act appropriately. "The thing about Cuba in this film, I felt like he was a military guy who had seen a lot, and therefore there was a part of him that he was going to try and deal with everything that was going on and happening to him. He was the sort of grounding force in this group. He was just trying to work this out, and, in many ways, what was going on didn't make any sense, so it was becoming more and more difficult for him to say that way. I've seen Cuba be very reactive and very emotionally reactive. I like the idea of him being very still and quite intense."

The Devil's Tomb, which also stars Ron Perlman, Taryn Manning and Henry Rollins, is now available on DVD.