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More cheap cameo roles but also interesting work.


Transhuman Berkoff

Transhuman.  Berkoff plays Til in a film directed by  Nicholas Winter in 2017.

Transhuman Berkoff




London Heist Berkoff

London Heist. Berkoff directed by Top Gear director Mark McQueen in 2017.


London Heist Berkoff 

Berkoff, playing Alfie, looks worried.

London Heist Berkoff

And it doesn't end well for him.





Fanged Up

Fanged Up.  Berkoff again appearing in a low budget straight-to-DVD film, presumably getting a nice salary for a couple of hours work.  Normally his name is used to help sell the film, but here he appears low in the credits and he does not appear in the trailer.  The DVD cover above shows scenes which are not in the film and don't fit the plot.

The hero Jimmy, played by Daniel O'Reilly, is sent to a prison.  However it is actually a vampire lair- one of the few (if not only) good lines is "This is not a prison, it is a larder".  Berkoff plays the governor.  The hospital doctor, played by "Eastenders" actress Danielle Harold, is the clichť woman expert, prim with extra large glasses...


Fanged Up Danielle Harold 

...but after some vampire fighting the glasses are out.

Fanged Up Danielle Harold 

Berkoff falls victim to his second-in-command (sorry, that was a spoiler, but few people reach this far in the film).

Berkoff in Fanged

There is at times some interesting camerawork...

Fanged Up in the prison

... but generally not.  The film is very bad, with poor script, direction and acting. 

The film is directed by Christian James, and filmed in Portsmouth, UK in 2017.  Best name from the credits is Poppy Skillman-Wilson who is the costume assistant.  As well as film work she has campaigned to stop the sale of seahorses who are a protected species.

Fanged Up

Fanged Up credits



Steven Berkoff - The Dot Man

The Dot Man directed by Coppola, but it is neither Francis nor Sofia but cousin Bruno Coppola.

"A brilliant and dedicated intelligence officer has connected all the dots providing key information leading to the dismantling of a terrorist cell in Turkey... Connecting the dots could cost him his life".

Steven Berkoff - The Dot Man

Steven Berkoff - The Dot Man - General West

Berkoff plays General West.

Steven Berkoff - The Dot Man

Steven Berkoff - The Dot Man

 Filming was in Bucharest.  2008.

All images from the trailer of the film.





Point of No Return Berkoff

Point of  No Return.  Not the Briget Fonda film of the same name, but the story of an aircraft crash and faulty parts from 2018.  Kevin Glynn directs.





Steven Berkoff - Red Devil - title 

Red Devil, "An intertwining tale of sex, drugs, rock and woe", directed by Savaas D. Michael in 2019.

Steven Berkoff - Red Devil

Steven Berkoff - Red Devil

Steven Berkoff - Red Devil

Steven Berkoff - Red Devil

Oscar (Jack Turner) and Ella (Fernanda Diniz) doing God's work by executing Red Devil drug dealers.

Steven Berkoff - Red Devil  Steven Berkoff - Red Devil

Steven Berkoff - Red Devil

Berkoff plays Lazarus.

The editor was Benjamin Sayers.

"A decidedly tedious, profoundly unfunny comedy-crime-fantasy set in some nightmarish version of a British metropolis (essentially a sound stage with murky lighting) where nearly everyone is high on something, be it super-skunk or a highly addictive, crack-like substance called Red Devil" (Leslie Felperin, 13 Nov 2019, The Guardian).

Steven Berkoff - Red Devil - credit

All images from the film.





The Last Faust Berkoff

The Last Faust.  A filming of the two parts of Goethe's Faust with Berkoff  given top billing as Dr. Goodfellow and Martin Hancock as Dr Faust and Glyn Dilley as Mefisto.

This Faust is set in 2059 in a society where an artificial intelligence network is threatening humanity (shades of The Terminator).  Berkoff tells the tale of Faust, though the film only follows the bare bones of Goethe, and is an excuse for a set of scenes, some like (dated) pop videos such as Madonna's vogue.  There are homages to the chess players in Bergman's The Seventh Seal...

The Last Faust

... and to Marilyn Monroe

The Last Faust

The Last Faust
 

The Last Faust

The Last Faust

Berkoff has the narrators role providing an explanation for the scenes coming up.  Initially he is seen through the eyes of the android (again like The Terminator).

The Last Faust Berkoff


Berkoff as Dr Goodfellow

The Last Faust



The Rapture

The Rapture

Steven Berkoff in The Rapture

Berkoff back again with Spandau Ballet's Martin and Gary Kemp (The Krays).  This time it is DaVinci Code territory.  The first film for director William Steel.  2010.




Steven Berkoff - Righteous Villains - title
Righteous Villains directed by Savvas D Michael in 2020.

"Before the apocalypse there will be a war".


Steven Berkoff - Righteous Villains

Steven Berkoff - Righteous Villains -  note

Steven Berkoff - Righteous Villains

Steven Berkoff - Righteous Villains

Steven Berkoff - Righteous Villains

Steven Berkoff - Righteous Villains


Steven Berkoff - Righteous Villains

Steven Berkoff - Righteous Villains

Steven Berkoff - Righteous Villains
All images from the film.




Steven Berkoff - Alice Through the Looking

Alice Through the Looking, directed by Adam Donen, another first time director.

Steven Berkoff - Alice Through the Looking

"Alice stumbles into a bizarre "post brexit" version of London in this provocative satire, inspired by Lewis Carroll's novels".

Steven Berkoff - Alice Through the Looking

Images from the trailer of the film and the film website here.




Steven Berkoff - Exorcist Vengeaance  title

Exorcist Vengeance from 2021 directed and produced by Scott Jeffrey and Rebecca J Matthews.  Filmed on location in London and Surrey.

Steven Berkoff - Exorcist Vengeance - demon

A cheap The Exorcist clone, with a particularly poor possession.

Steven Berkoff - Exorcist Vengeance - victim

The victims pile up.

Steven Berkoff - Exorcist Vengeance - crucifix

The classic Peter Cushing pose.

 

Steven Berkoff - Exorcist Vengeance - churchyard

Robert Bronzi- Exorcist VengeanceCharles Bronson 

Robert Bronzi stars as the priest Father Josef.  Bronzi speaks with a heavy accent but it lacks the clipped mysticism of say Bela Lugosi in Dracula ("children of the night").  He is also a Charles Bronson look-alike (Bronson right from a stock image) and the hair and moustache indicate it is something he cultivates.  Father Josef uses a gun (is this useful against a demon?) and starts fist fights.  He also does not say grace before meals- missed minor details in the script like this remove personality from the film.

Robert Bronzi  Charles Bronson

He is also a surrogate Bronson in other films, look how he holds the gun (left from  Robert Bronzi website click here, right Charles Bronson stock image).

Father Josef has a back story- here the grave of his wife- which could have been used more, instead it is glossed over.

"For a possession film to be successful, it must have an original viewpoint, lest it be a poorly made carbon copy of William Friedkinís The Exorcist (1973). Whilst Exorcist Vengeance certainly seems to be an ode to Friedkinís horror masterpiece, it unfortunately falls a little bit short when it comes to the actual demonic exorcist factor. Lacking any sort of demonic lore or factual rites of exorcism knowledge, it feels a little bit two dimensional" (Ygraine Hackett-Cantabrana, Ghouls Magazine online, 13 Feb 2022, click here)


 Steven Berkoff - Exorcist Vengeance - priest

Steven Berkoff - Exorcist Vengeance - Bishop Canelo

Berkoff plays a Vatican representative Bishop Canelo who may or may not have ulterior motives.  His brief appearances (presumably a days work) are good.

The screenplay is by Matthew B.C. (sic) and Jeff Miller with some mechanical writing- "How long do you intend on staying" / "As long as it takes".  As well as using a gun and initiating fights, Father Josef doesn't bother saying grace at meals.  Missed details like these could have helped build up the character.

Cinematography is by Callum Mills (his first feature film) and editing by Tom Bache and Gabriel Hunt.

Steven Berkoff - Exorcist Vengeance - number plate

Presumably they forgot fake number plates so had to remove the number post filming.

Steven Berkoff - Exorcist Vengeance - credit

All images from the film unless otherwise stated.


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