Two hot trends in the horror cinema world right now are zombie movies and anthology movies, so why not put these two great things together? Well, that's exactly what the producers of Angry Nazi Zombies did, with mixed results.
There are three short films, each around thirty minutes long, all set during the Second World War. Strictly speaking, only two of these segments are zombie related, and one of those only slightly, but they are all horror themed, and they all do feature some kind of nasty creature that kills.
Medal of Horror
In this segment, a cowardly young British captain named George (David Wayman) seduced an American dancer, then sent her an official letter telling her he was dead so that he wouldn't have to deal with the awkward breakup. Her life takes a turn for the worse after. Turns out, though, that her father is a Major (Paul Kelleher), and when she is captured by the enemy, he sends George on a suicide mission to rescue her. The timid captain has to face zombies, an undead Red Baron (Sam Smith) and sultry Nazi vixen Jezebel (Tina Barnes) if he is to complete his mission.
The strongest of the segments, this one features paranormal investigator Harriet Price (Lara Lemon). She comes to the quaint little village of Chapelton to look into some strange deaths, aided by the local constable Jones (Cy Henty). A young man has been killed, and his body covered in swastikas, and his girlfriend has gone missing. The young man's mother Mrs. Harris (Linda Large) is inconsolable, after having lost her husband to the war mere months before. It will take all of Harriet's wits and every one of her steampunk gadgets to solve this one.
Devils of the Blitz
This segment is the weakest of the bunch. It features young woman Ruth (Jess-Luisa Flynn), her mother Mary (Liza Keast) and her stern grandfather Arthur (Geoffrey Sleight) taking shelter in Arthur's house during the bombings. They are arguing over the actions of Ruth's brother Graham (Paul Cousins), who claims that he was attacked by demons in defense of desertion charges. It's a bit muddled and incoherent, and the creature effects are subpar.
The first two segments carry the weight of the film. They've got humor, decent effects, pretty good performances, and are quite a bit fun. The story of Harriet is the most affecting, and the steampunk instruments and slightly goofy sensibility make for an enjoyable time. Segment three fails to stick the landing, though, and was something of a disappointment. Overall, it's a decent effort and worth your time. Recommended.
Video is 1.78:1 widescreen, and looks decent, though there is mild aliasing throughout, which detracts from the quality. However, this review is based on a check disc, so no comment can be made on the quality of the final product.
Audio is Dolby digital 2.0 and sounds decent. There is a bit of echo at times, but that is the only problem. Dialogue is always clearly audible. No subtitles or alternate language tracks are included. However, this review is based on a check disc, so no comment can be made on the quality of the final product.
No extras are included. However, this review is based on a check disc, so no comment can be made on the quality or quantity of extras included on the final product.
Angry Nazi Zombies is a bit inconsistent. It's got two strong segments (with segment two being the best) and one weak one. The film is mostly fun and lighthearted, with decent gore and effects, coupled with good performances. The strong portions counterbalance the weak one by enough that it's worth it to check it out.