- The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror III: Dial Z for Zombie
- White Zombies (Key and Peele)
- Outpost (trailer)
- Shock Waves - A sparsely populated pleasure cruise stumbles on a mysterious island and crashes into an old shipwreck. They seek refuge in a rundown island hotel, only to be attacked by water-logged Nazi zombies. Pretty basic stuff, and unfortunately, as a PG movie, we don't even get any Fulci-esque eye-gouging gags or even decapitated zombie heads or any gore whatsoever, actually. This isn't always a necessity, but gore is zombie bread-and-butter, so to see that eschewed here is disappointing, especially when there's basically nothing to the plot. That said, this movie has at least some charm to coast on... The Nazi angle is nice. Both John Carradine and Peter Cushing show up, if only for a short period (their screen time probably maxed out at 10 minutes combined). The rest of the cast seems on board as well. Jack Davidson is entertainingly bitchy and Brooke Adams does a decent final girl impersonation. The visuals are well done and the Nazi zombies look fantastic.
- The Netherbeast of Berm-Tech Industries, Inc. (Short)
- Hitler Reacts to Wolfenstein 3D (short)
- Werewolf Women of the S.S. (fake trailer - extended edition)
- The Devil's Rock - Two Kiwi commandos sent to destroy German gun emplacements find that our Nazi friends have summoned a demon. First off, kudos for a Nazi horror movie that doesn't involve zombies! Of course, that doesn't make the premise all that original; soldiers investigate enemy base and discover creepy occult stuff is a well worn sub-genre. Still, this has lots of things to recommend it. It quickly resolves into a chamber piece and does an admirable job maintaining suspicion across all three of the main players. I mean, yeah, the demon is obviously not to be trusted, and there is a clear hero, but the Nazi villain is surprisingly convincing at times and the film manages generate a modicum of sympathy even for him.
- A Story With Zombies (short story)
- Honest Zombie (Robot Chicken)
- Dead Snow (trailer)
- Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead - Nazi zombies remain on a rampage. After securing the Nazi gold that brought them back to life, it seems our Nazi zombie leader has taken up arms (literally!) and seeks to complete his mission to sack some nearby town. Opposing him is Martin (Vegar Hoel), lone survivor of the first movie, who recruits a trio of American zombie enthusiasts (the always great Martin Starr along with the plucky Jocelyn DeBoer and Ingrid Haas) and, well, a band of Russian zombies.
6WH: Week 3 - Nazis. I hate these guys.
Nazis have long been cinematic shorthand for evil (even before the U.S. entered WWII), and horror movies are a natural arena for their villainy (as are video games). Their known dabbling with the occult, while most likely sensationalized, also plays well into the hands of genre fiction. I'd say that this sort of thing is actually overplayed, but apparently Nazis are attempting a comeback these days, which is just bizarre. As a dedicated defender of free speech, it's always a bit frustrating to see these numskulls abuse our freedoms, but at least we know they're there and can counter them. Despite breathless media reports, I suspect their presence is still minuscule and they're certainly as ridiculed as ever, but then, this is small comfort to folks who've been directly impacted. In the immortal words of Indiana Jones: "Nazis. I hate these guys." So let's take some time this Six Weeks of Halloween to enjoy watching Nazis (sometimes Nazi zombies, sure, but still) get slaughtered by the bushel.