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Oasis of the Zombies (1982) – Rated R
“At the height of World War II, the Nazis buried more than $6 million in gold in the Sahara Desert. Half a century later, Robert Blabert stumbles on the secret in his late father’s diaries and sets out to find it, unaware of the dangers that await.”
After the fiasco that was Jean Rollins’ Zombie Lake, Oasis of the Zombies could hardly be worse could it? Made by Eurotrash Meister Jess Franco on the budget equivalent of someone’s lunch money, Oasis of the Zombies is clearly awful before the opening credits roll. At least Rollins’ misfire intrigued me with some full-frontal nudity in the opening minutes.
Perhaps it is the lack of lingering close-ups but Oasis does not seem as poorly dubbed as Zombie Lake. The use of stock footage for the World War II battles is bad but not nearly as egregious as when Franco used black and white footage of A Night to Remember in the color film, the Castle of Fu Manchu. Speaking of which, this film would have been considerably improved by the presence of Christopher Lee as Fu Manchu.
The plotline is incomprehensible, the acting is so stiff that the zombies (when they finally show up) have more life in them than the speaking characters, one character appears to be the exact same age whether we see him in World War II or in modern times, etc. etc. etc. The list is endless but the two egregious sins are a singular lack of zombies (we’re almost at the halfway mark before they show up) and a dull dull dull film.
I hate to say it but Oasis of the Zombies is actually worse than Zombie Lake. Oasis of the Zombies is brought to you by the man who successfully killed off the Fu Manchu franchise, Jess Franco.