Saturday, May 3, 2014

Frankenstein's Army (2013)

During World War II, Russian soldiers trek into Nazi Germany accompanied by a filmmaker.  While attempting to find some other Russians in the area, they stumble across a small town where Dr. Frankenstein has a secret laboratory. They probably wouldn't have gone looking for the doctor if they'd known that Frankenstein was experimenting on corpses to make an army of  killer soldiers that is half reanimated man / half machine.

The creatures in the film are amazing. They are reanimated bodies with horrible attachments used for mutilation: a propellor head; a drill face; a clamp head (which continually clamps so it can crush others heads); scythe hands, etc.  Even better, these  creatures are not CGI, which makes them even creepier as they mount an assault on the Russian filmmaker and soldiers.

Now the bad news - other than the creatures, there's not any reason to watch this one.  There's no real plot. It's mostly just unlikable soldiers running around. Also while the creations are unnerving, it's mostly cheap scares since they're based on the camera swinging around while loud jarring noises are heard when the creatures attack.

This is a found footage film and since it was supposedly filmed in the 1940s, the sound of the film projector/camera is included.  For someone who is supposed to be a filmmaker, you'd expect the footage to be better.  The picture swings around all over the place so if you are prone to motion sickness, at times you'll feel a bit nauseous.  Also be prepared for Russian accents which come and go.

The creature with the propellor head.

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