Frankenstein’s Army (2013) | This Nazi monster mash is great fun
DOWN IN THE LAB
In the final days of World War II, a group of Russian soldiers stumble upon a village decimated by an unseen terror, and enter a secret underground lab where they are set upon by an army of super soldiers who have been stitched together from the body parts of their fallen comrades and fused with deadly apparatus by a renegade scientist (Hellboy’s Karel Roden) whom the Russians want for their own.
INSIDE THE HOUSE OF PAIN
Imagine a Steampunk version of The Island of Dr Moreau shot like a survival horror video game and you have Frankenstein’s Army in a nutshell. What holds the neck bolts of this Euro horror together isn’t the story (there isn’t much of one) but the awesome creature design of the dozen or so ‘zombots’ by the film’s Dutch director Richard Raaphorst, making his debut feature here.
Shot as a found footage film, the first person technique throws you head first into Frankenstein’s shambolic DIY lair where his fantastic flesh and steel creatures start coming at ya! – each one more deadlier than the last, and sporting all manner of deadly devices – from scythes and metal pincers to an airplane propeller. It’s just a shame, however, that the creatures get felled far too quickly as they make this film so insanely great fun. In fact, I’ve had to watch it twice to savor Raaphorst’s ghoulish Steampunkish progeny all over again. Please, let there be a sequel… or at least some model kits for us Monster Kids.
THE UK DVD RELEASE
The Entertainment One DVD release also includes a trailer and a making-of featurette.
A must see, just for the wicked creature design.