Damnatus: The Enemy Within (or to give it its original German name, Damnatus: Der Feind Im Innern) is a fan film set in the universe of Warhammer 40K. It follows a small team of mercenaries recruited by the Imperial inquisition as they attempt to infiltrate a suspected Chaos cult on the planet of Sancta Heroica. It appears that a rogue inquisitor is behind the cult and is attempting to summon a daemon for his own purposes, but the plot goes deeper than that, and it is not long before the heroes find themselves in way over their heads.Created "by fans, for fans" by Spharentor studios in 2003, it originally enjoyed the full support of Games Workshop. However during post-production, problems arose over Intellectual Property rights due to differences in British and German copyright law and it was subsequently bannedfrom official release in 2007. However, the movie was leaked onto various torrent sites on the net by an unknown party, and used to be available on Megaupload before its January 2012 shutdown.Compare and contrast with Ultramarines, the first official Games Workshop movie.
All There in the Manual: According to the official site, the name of Lessus' frigate is the Banishing Halo. It also has some interesting backstory for the characters that did not crop up in the film itself.
Bait and Switch: A meta-example, the film's official website features a downloadable "soundtrack album", but only one of the songs therein actually features in the film ( "Farewell" by Summoning, which plays over the ending credits)
The Cameo: Unable to fit space marines into the film, they instead have a Grey Knight contact Lessus at the start of the film (via CGI holographic display) to tell him that the Ordo Malleus strike force has been delayed and he's on his own.
The producer's daughter also cameos as the girl with the apple.
Camera Abuse: The view starts going swirly whenever there's a lot of Warp energy about - most notably in the ritual scene and Nira's fight against G'gour.
Dreaming of Things to Come: In her introduction, Nira has a vision of a young woman being gunned down by the Adeptus Arbites. Later, we see that the woman is one of Makkabeus' cultists, who shoots down the servo skull Adeodatus has sent back to warn his superiors. We then hear a voice off-screen shout "Halt!"
I Just Shot Marvin in the Face: Fingers are frequently seen on triggers when they shouldn't be, but Corris deserves a special mention for using his pistols for everything from pushing open doors to scratching his nose. On the other hand, this is Warhammer 40,000.
Robo Cam: From the servo skulls, and Adeodatus' bionic eye.
Screwed by the Lawyers: The afore-mentioned problems with intellectual property rights arose due to differences between British and German copyright law. Thus, the movie was banned from official release.
Don't blame Games Workshop though. The law difference is really crippling; allowing this movie's release would essentially enter Warhammer 40000 into public domain in Germany.
Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Our heroes screw up, die trying to escape, and then Lessus invokes exterminatus on the planet.
Shout-Out: The shots of Inquisitor Lessus standing alone on the frigate's huge observation deck bear a striking resemblance to a similar scene in Inquisitor, a VERY old Games Workshop short movie also based in the 40K verse.
There's also the name of Lechias' alias - Eisenstein.