CERBERUS: THE GUARDIAN OF HELL
Cerberus is a hard film to get your head around. Not to say that it is particularly intellectually challenging but rather that it is written with such a hodgepodge of elements as to enter the completely bizarre. The title creature comes from Greek mythology where Cerberus is the three-headed dog that guards the entrance to the underworld Hades and whom Hercules had to fight before he could enter. For some reason in the film however, Cerberus has ended up in Romania rather than Greece and is guarding a mystical sword. The sword is also one owned by Attila the Hun, who was neither Greek nor Romanian (although did at least sweep his armies across either country during his invasions of Europe in the 5th Century). For some reason, Attilas sword also has the ability to bestow immortality, which was not a known ability ever attributed to Attila during his lifetime.
The title monster is brought to life with some routine CGI effects. To the films credit, the effects team get their act together to create a passable climax with Cerberus running loose in the streets. The biggest disappointment about the film is how little is done with Cerberus as a figure. In mythology, the character has the role as the guardian to the entrance to the underworld; in the film it is simply a generic monster movie nemesis that comes with the novelty of having three heads.
Being a CineTel film, Cerberus comes filled with a good deal of gratuitous low-budget action scenes various car chases and shootouts. There are also several silly digital gore effects with characters having their hands severed and legs bitten off to stumps. The plot is all over the place as a story in fact, more time is spent on the immortal villain with the sword (Greg Evigan) than there ever is the three-headed dog. In his first (?) villainous role, Greg Evigan gets into the part and plays as broadly to the gallery as he can. As the CIA agent, Sebastian Spence projects an appropriately handsome and assured heroic certainty.