The horrors of war is a real saying in and of itself, and seems especially fitting when discussing the many atrocities committed in World War II.
But with all the evil from that period we know about, what if there was something worse? Something that we didn’t know about, going on deep behind enemy lines? This is the premise of the latest film called Frankenstein’s Army directed by Richard Raaphorst. But is this a lost footage film that you should actually take the time to watch or should you leave it on the shelf?
This film chronicles the events and actions of a Russian unit that pushes itself deeper into East German territory. As they are moving further into the unknown they come across a ruined church. Deciding to investigate they push deeper inside of the dark and gloomy structure and find something not human. A combination of metal and skin is sprawled out on the floor and wired into the electrical system. As one of the comrades starts up the generator, one of the soldiers touches the lifeless form which springs back to life.
Without divulging what happens next in the movie all I can say is that the team runs into the creations of a madman. Hideous creatures that are not alive, nor are they dead, and they are fused with machinery. They look as if each was an experiment that had gone horribly wrong and are now twisted monstrosities that roam around this place. One of the more impressive creatures has a propeller scavenged from some plane. The creature design is the saving grace of this movie and there is tons of the red stuff splattered throughout as well. However, there are no jump scares and the plot is somewhat predictable.
This is the first film that Richard Raaphorst has directed and while there are a few innovative concepts (example: switching lenses for a zoom shot instead of zooming in) the movie falls short. Originally the creatures in this film were supposed to be used for another project that was being developed with Brian Yuzna (of Re-Animator fame). The project was called Worst Case Scenario, and it took place during the World Cup. As the Germans suffered a humiliating defeat by the Netherlands they get their revenge by unleashing a horde of mechanical undead creatures. A group of friends flee to a nearby island to seek refuge but all is not what it seems.
If you like great creature design, gore and a fan of the lost footage genre this is a film to watch. For more information on this film and where to see it go to http://www.frankensteinsarmy.com/
Produced by: Dark Sky Films
MSRP: $34.98 (BluRay)