Butler County Times Gazette
by Garon Cockrell
War Of The Dead DVD Review
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Dec. 31, 2012 5:15 p.m.

I love zombie films, and these days anyone can become a

zombie. Even Nazis. I’ve long been fascinated with World War II, and of course

one of the most intriguing things about the Nazis is their bizarre, cruel

experiments. At the beginning of War Of The Dead, some Nazis are conducting some sort

of experiment on a captured soldier. And a title card gives us a bit of

information on the Nazi “Anti-Death experiments,” ending with the line “This much is true.” And hell, right then

I’m completely on board.

A special military force has orders to attack a bunker,

but there is something the men aren’t told. Some of them can sense this, and

are uneasy. There’s a gun battle, and half the company is killed. And then that

night they’re attacked again – this time by zombies, jumping from the trees.

It’s dark, and they’re at first unsure of just who is

attacking them, which is interesting because you get the sense that that is

what war is like at times. It’s more a question of staying alive and fighting

whatever enemy arises rather than dealing with the questions regarding zombies.

The problem for me is we have several fight sequences, and little time to get our

bearings, and little information. And there is some bad dialogue. “At least he

died doing what he loved.” And: “I’m going out” – “With a bang” – “You betcha.”

By the way, these aren’t your normal mindless zombies.

They jump like vampires. They run. They have strength. And there are other interesting

elements too, like a strange box (and a similar-looking necklace) and some

weird stuff a soldier’s coat that seems to come alive (prompting the questions,

“What is that? What’s going on?” from the characters).

The survivors are joined by a Russian who tells them

about a radio in the bunker. And finally they remember their mission – about halfway

through the film. Once they make it inside the bunker, that’s when the movie

gets interesting. But I was still left with several questions (“What is that?

What’s going on?”). I would have liked a lot more about the actual experiments.

War Of The Dead

was written and directed by Marko Makilaakso. It stars Andrew

Tiernan, Mikko Leppilampi and Samuel Vauramo. The DVD’s only bonus feature is

the trailer. The DVD is scheduled to be released on January 1, 2013.

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