Frankenstein's Army

In 2006 director Richard Raaphorst captivated horror fans with a short trailer for a film titled "Worst Case Scenario."  Things didn't pan out so the director set his sights on a new film.  Now seven years later Raaphorst has completed that vision in Frankenstein's Army.  With that many years between projects coupled with fan anticipation there's a lot to lose.  That anticipation can be a filmmaker's worst enemy.  The visuals in WCS were definitely striking, mutated nazi-zombies doing a death march on a beach...Not something you see everyday.  Could Raaphorst successfully recapture the feel of the short popular trailer while also expanding on it? The short answer is "yes."

The 2013 film is shot in the found footage/cinema verite style.  The choice to go this route is certainly questionable considering the film's setting.  Found footage makes perfect sense in a post-youtube world where people document everything from bowel movements to dentist visits.  But in a 1930's/1940's Germany?  Weird.  In the film a group of Russian soldiers are traveling through Germany attempting to find some of their imprisoned comrades.  They decided to bring along a camera man who will document their search in this war torn part of the world.  Things are amiss though and they encounter a few very strange creations.  Humans have been taken apart and pieced back together, fused with various pieces of machinery meant only to cause harm to those they encounter.  The creatures, compliments of one Victor Frankenstein, are just the beginning of the terror getting ready to unfold before them as their search leads them deeper into Frankenstein's territory.


I know a few will be thrown off by the director's decision to go found footage...It's a style that can be effective but also one that has certainly been done to death over the last few years.  In this case though, it's done right.  The long takes give way to some interesting shots.  The creatures are literally right up in your face.  Raaphorst did a great job displaying the hellish monsters and given the designs he very well knew what he was making; A dementedly flamboyant creature feature.  Decaying humans combined with drills, blades, propellers, ridiculously dangerous beasts thrust onto the screen by a deviant mind.  The director often times has them casually dropping into the background leaving the viewer anxiously awaiting a full appearance.  I applaud Frankenstein's Army for it's originality, even if one thinks found footage to be "played out," Raaphorst used a done-to-death medium and to his advantage thus creating one fine film.


There's also a re-watchability present due in large part to some of the later sets.  A lot of deranged things are constantly happening in Frankenstein's laboratory.  So much infact I feel that I owe it to the filmmakers to give this movie another go.  The same can be said about the monsters, while they're generously displayed I still feel the need to go back to take one more look.

A Nazi creature feature that combines the best of 50's monster movies with an exploitive often times 'in your face' style.  What's not to like?  The film does drag a bit in the beginning but when things take off they do not slow down until the credits hit the screen.  Frankenstein's Army is currently available OnDemand depending on your local cable provider. I highly recommend giving it a shot.



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