Stonehenge Apocalypse

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Stonehenge Apocalypse
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DVD cover
Directed by Paul Ziller
Produced by John Prince
Written by Brad Abraham and Paul Ziller
Starring Misha Collins
Torri Higginson
Peter Wingfield
Music by Michael Neilson
Cinematography Anthony C. Metchie
Editing by Christopher A. Smith
Country United States
Language English
Original channel SyFy
Release date
  • June 12, 2010 (2010-06-12)

Stonehenge Apocalypse is a 2010 made-for-TV American science fiction movie starring Misha Collins, Torri Higginson and Peter Wingfield. The movie follows a series of deaths, natural disasters, and strange energy readings that seem to be mysteriously connected to Stonehenge.

Plot[edit]

An ancient prophecy comes to pass when archeologists unearth an Egyptian chamber in Maine, sparking a devastating electromagnetic pulse that originates at Stonehenge and sends destructive shockwaves around the globe. When the Aztec pyramids crumble and the stones take on a life of their own, a renegade radio host, a team of scientists, and a team of British commandos race to prevent the same force responsible for creating life on Earth from cleansing the planet in order to herald the dawn of a new age[1]

Cast[edit]

  • Misha Collins as Dr. Jacob Glaser, a once-renowned astrophysicist, now written off as a crazed conspiracy theorist by most of the scientific community. He runs a radio show called "The Real Story" in which he discusses unexplained phenomena with his listeners.
  • Torri Higginson as Dr. Kaycee Leeds.
  • Peter Wingfield as Dr. John Trousdale.
  • Hill Harper as Dr. Joseph LeShem, a former friend and colleague of Dr. Glaser's.

Reception[edit]

Stonehenge Apocalypse drew 2.1 million viewers during its premiere.[2]

Film Portrayal[edit]

Stonehenge Apocalypse follows the pattern of many movies containing archaeology and archaeologists. It has elements of science, mystery, exoticism, and even a hint of romance.

In the end the lead male character, Jacob Glaser, makes the ultimate sacrifice for her. Glaser is trying to stop the Stonehenge Apocalypse and also prevent power from falling into the wrong hands, particularly into the hands of an evil archaeologist who wants to save only a few and not the entire world. Heroic characters are a common thread in many films, but especially in films dealing with archaeology. These heroes are usually embraced by popular culture.[3] Although Glaser begins as an academic failure, by the end of the film his far-out theories are proven right and just what is needed to save mankind. He certainly qualifies as a hero in the end.

Stonehenge Apocalypse shows how dangerous the past is. Stonehenge has always been an archaeological site surrounded in mystery, and that undoubtedly enhanced its popularity. It is no surprise to have such a popular and well-known prehistoric site as the centerpiece of a film with archaeological content. In the film, this mysterious site releases dangerous energy into the world. Despite an evil energy emanating from Stonehenge, the archaeologists and other scientists continue their work. The military steps in and decides they will take control and destroy the site, though the other characters and the audience realize is naïve to think this dangerous past can be destroyed.[4] The military is proven wrong and Jacob Glaser’s special knowledge saves the day.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.moviefone.com/movie/stonehenge-apocalypse/10047605/synopsis
  2. ^ Gorman, Bill. "Syfy’s Original Movie Stonehenge Apocalypse Draws 2.1 Million Total Viewers During June 12 Premiere". Retrieved 2010-06-21. 
  3. ^ McGeough, Kevin (2006) Heroes, mummies, and Treasure: Near Eastern Archaeology in the Movies. Near Eastern Archaeology 69: 174-185.
  4. ^ McGeough, Kevin (2006) Heroes, mummies, and Treasure: Near Eastern Archaeology in the Movies. Near Eastern Archaeology 69: 174-185.

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