Saturday, September 21, 2013

Frankenstein's Army

Well I was interested in this film from word of mouth.  Horror fans love to share discoveries and so I was happy to finally see this on DVD.  Was it worth it?  Well, I'd certainly say so but I'd also would say that the tale grew somewhat in the telling.

So first off this is a found footage film.  If you can't stand the shaky cam get out of the theater or man cave now.  Supposedly, the idea is that this secret mission is being documented just in case they can't reach their objective.  It's a good enough idea and WWII was documented extensively with thousands of cameras.  One small problem with it though is that it doesn't look anything like that documentary footage.  Call me a glutton for punishment but if you are going to do a story like this in this manner the film should be far grainier.

Anyway, the story is simple.  A band of Russian soldiers are sent to find a lost group of soldiers.  This though becomes an obvious hose job (note the title right?), and their real objective is to find this descendant of the original Frankenstein and gather his notes and works.  Of course this means running into a whole range of deranged monsters.  Easily the best part of the movie, someone didn't spare the LSD in designing these bad boys.  Loved the one that basically had the head of an airplane engine with propellers of course.

So it is interesting, looks pretty good, and certainly puts to shame many other horror films.  The only trouble I have is that there really isn't much story or character.  Ultimately the film plays like a gorier live action version of Castle Wulfenstein.

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