Breaking the Nazi Zombie Curse!

Okay, my predilection for villainous Nazis, especially in horror movies, is well-known. Nazi zombies in particular are my kryptonite. This week, I am going to binge on some Nazi zombies in an attempt to cure my addiction.

I love Shock Waves (1977) which features underwater Nazi Zombies and a very sinister Peter Cushing. I love Michael Mann’s confusing and oh-so-flawed The Keep (1983). A low-definition version of The Keep is currently on Amazon Prime and it is not available on DVD so watch it while you can. The Outpost is a smart little military horror thriller. The Boys from Brazil is a bit melodramatic and talky but you have to love Gregory Peck as Dr. Mengele. Boys is currently available on instant Netflix.

Dead Snow is another favorite of mine, essentially a foreign Nazi zombie version of The Evil Dead. It is currently available on instant Netflix and Amazon Prime. The director, Tommy Wirkola, has come over to the United States and made Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (not to be confused with Asylum’s latest ripoff Hansel & Gretel: Warriors of Witchcraft).

Outpost: Black Sun (2012)

“The year is 1945, the closing stages of WW2, and a German scientist by the name of Klausener is working on a frightening new technology that has the power to create an immortal Nazi army. Flash forward to present day, and a NATO task force is hurriedly deployed to Eastern Europe, where a sinister enemy appears to be mercilessly killing everything in its path. But this is no ordinary foe. Only Helena, a gutsy investigator on the trail of the notorious war-criminal Klausener, accepts the reality of that they are facing a battalion of Nazi Storm-Troopers, a veritable zombie army on the march. With the help of Wallace, a man who’s been chasing Nazi secrets for years, the two of them team up with a Special Forces Unit to venture deep behind enemy lines. Their mission to fight their way back to the source of this evil army and prevent the seemingly inevitable rise of the 4th Reich.”

Ack! I am apparently so addicted to Nazi zombies and enjoyed the original Outpost so much that I actually shelled out the bucks and bought this on Blu-Ray at Best Buy.

Sadly this is not more of the same of Outpost. Gone is the gravitas of an embattled mercenary commander played by Ray Stevenson. This is a by-the-numbers sequel written and directed by Steve Barker who also wrote and directed Outpost. In spite of this he seems to have no idea what made Outpost work so well.

Okay, I was worried for a bit that I simply like ALL Nazi horror – good, bad, or indifferent – but I did not enjoy Outpost: Dark Sun. One bad Nazi zombie movie down, four more to go.