Sunday, April 28, 2013

War of the Dead (2011)

You'd think combining Nazis and zombies would guarantee a fantastic horror movie. But you'd be wrong because once again someone has screwed it up.

During World War II, the Nazi's experiment with bringing the dead back to life using Russian solders as test subjects.  After a few years, the experiments are halted and the corpses buried.

The US sends a team of special forces to look for the bunker where the experiments took place. Their mission is to destroy the building and any zombies they find inside.  But the zombies seem to be above ground as well.  Throw in a Russian soldier, lots of running and you've got this movie.  They run through the woods. They run to a house.  They run through a barn. They run to the bunker.  Here come the zombies!  Everybody run!

While the film looks good and the acting is decent, the biggest problem with this movie is that it takes place mostly at night or in an underground bunker. So every fight scene is full of quick cuts and unidentifiable men fighting in near darkness.  So we couldn't tell who was fighting, which ones were the good guys, who was in the shot, or what was happening. Someone's getting beat up. Who is it? I don't know, but I'm sure the guy whose head just got rammed into a cement wall is the loser.

You only get to see a few zombies up close as most of them are silhouettes running through the darkness. The makeup was decent but the film was pointless.

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