5 out of 10
UK / Finland Co-production
Release Date: 4th May 2012
Director: Marko Maaklilaakso
Cast: Andrew Tiernan, Jouko Ahola, Samuel Vauramo, Mikki Lempilampi, Magdelena Gorski with Antti Reini and Mark Wingett
Writer: Marko Maaklilaakso
Trailer: WAR OF THE DEAD
Arggggh! Not more Zombie Nazis. Haven’t we been here before recently with the Outpost movies? Well, yes and no. What War Of The Dead does prove is that there’s more than one way to skin a cat. From the first scene, this version of SS turbo corpses never lets up. It is probably the most relentless and breathless chase movie I’ve seen on such a low budget. It also knocks most britpic horrors for six in the energy stakes. Did we like it at Britpic Bungalows though? Not really. There’s only so much of running around some woods and running down dank corridors with minimal dialogue I can take, but saying that, this is an above average zombie flick considering the ubiquity of the genre.
A handful of American soldiers led by Captain Stone (ANDREW TIERNAN – 300) are seconded to a squadron of Finnish soldiers to neutralise a German bunker on the Russian border. What awaits them are a pack of scientifically altered dead German soldiers intent on biting and eating anything in their path. The bunker seems to be the source of this undead force. Quickly whittled down to a handful of soldiers, including former World’s Strongest Man, Jouko Ahola and Mark Wingett (GREEN STREET 3) (with a very wobbly Texas accent)the survivors try and find shelter from the relentless wave of undead killers. And that’s the plot, such as it is.
War Of The Dead leaves Outpost one in the dirt and doesn’t even try to tackle Outpost 2 for a crack at a backstory or logic. It’s just a sprint for those without an attention span. The proceedings are bolstered by endless decapitations, shootings, stabbings, burnings, etc. The script consists of “help”, “run”, “hurry!”, so it delivers in that respect. The make-up team and the production design is also top notch. It has more energy and life to it than the last ten straight-to-DVD zombie movies, so it’s a shame it’s takes no risks. But hey, why should a movie about Zombie SS do anything but enthrall the viewer with a 90 minute sprint through gore and death. Even the bad acting, accents and the non-existent characters are forgivable. Mark Wingett‘s not the only one with a dodgy accent either (I always pity Andrew Tiernan, who is always saddled with foreign accents he cannot manage in every film.)
5 out of 10 – Not bad, not great. But it’s lack of ambition see it through and it ends up delivering in spades unlike it’s close neighbour Outpost. It’s like the makers sat and watched said movie and went, this is what they should have done. Please no more low budget Brit-Zombie movies. Get some new ideas.
Review below by Joe Pesci II
WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?
- Andrew Tiernan: The Messenger (2015), Automata, 300 – part II, Mr Nice, Freight, Dead Cert, 300, The Pianist, The Bunker, Face, The Trial (1993), Edward II, As You Like It (1992)
- Antti Reini: Spaceship
- Mark Wingett: Eliminators, I Am Hooligan, Green Street 3, Run For Your Wife, Snow White & The Huntsman, Intruders, Franklyn, The Bill (TV), Quadrophenia