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O is for Oasis of the Zombies

Oasis of the Zombies is a disappointing entry in the otherwise-dazzling armada of Nazi Zombie films. It's slow, lumbering, ponderous ... I can sit here making like a thesaurus all night, but that won't tell you what you really need to know about Oasis of the Zombies, and that is ... avoid Oasis of the Zombies.

The plot sounds promising. A convoy of Nazis carrying six million dollars in gold is destroyed near a remote oasis in the middle of the desert. Only a few of the victorious allies survive to pass along the location.

Many years later, an unscrupulous businessman hears about this gold, and starts planning an expedition to retrieve it -- not knowing that, upon arrival at the site, the camera will zoom in on a random spider in a random web ... and at night, the zombies come! They will eat your brains! Also your guts, your face -- these zombies are unreasonable, they'll eat your eyes. They're messy, messy eaters.

The film consists of two waves of people going to the oasis, being attacked by zombies, and being eaten. The pacing is slow (as are the zombies), and the rationale behind the zombie attacks (and their nocturnal nature) is completely absent. But by golly that random spider gets a lot of camera time! Best. Agent. Ever. The two survivors manage to run/hide well enough in the oasis to make it until dawn -- when the zombies slowly shuffle back to their graves.

But by then, I was begging for the film to end, and I was so relieved that the movie was over, I didn't have any emotional energy left to spare on being disappointed that not everybody was killed by nocturnal Nazi zombies. I'm confident, however, that if they had been aquatic Nazi zombies in any way ... the film would have been much much better.

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Dead Snow has been in my Netflix queue for a while. I will bump it up. Perhaps I will play another round of Netflix Streaming Roulette, and see if it shows up there.