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Shock Waves (1977)

  Tags: 70's, Ken Wiederhorn, nazi, shock waves, Zombie Movies

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Ken Wiederhorn
90 minutes
Clarence Thomas, Brooke Adams, Luke Halpin, John Carradine, Jack Davidson, D.J. Sidney, Fred Buch, Don Stout, Peter Cushing

I never bothered to check this movie in the past for some reason. Something just kind of turned me off with the cover and over the years I've heard a lot of mixed reviews, which made me not want to see it even more. Eventually I came to the conclusion that I'd just check it for myself and see if I like it or not. I'm glad I did, because it turned out to be a decent flick in the end, but in terms of zombie movies, it's not a very good one.

The story is about a group of vacationing travelers who end up getting stuck on a practically deserted island. They discover a large abandoned hotel close by, which turns out to be run by an ex Nazi commander played by horror legend Peter Cushing. The travelers end up fighting for their lives against the seemingly unstoppable group of undead Nazi soldiers.

This isn't your typical "zombie" flick. The ones in this movie don't feed on people or walk slow or funny. These are basically undead super-soldiers who were created during the WW2 era by Nazi experiments. They were supposed to be water-based soldiers who would be able to attack their enemies hard and strong, while creeping silently through under water. Now anyone who trespasses ends up facing their wrath. The undead soldiers kill their enemies by drowning them or stabbing them with a blunt object or what-not.

So despite all the negative reviews, why did I like this flick? Well I thought it was actually very interesting. The characters were kind of annoying, but the undead soldiers looked pretty cool. The directing was actually well done and there was nice atmosphere. Director Ken Wiederhorn is the same guy who did The Return of the Living Dead 2. It was cool seeing movie-legend John Carradine and horror veteran Peter Cushing in the film, even though they had small roles. Oh well.

A decent movie that may not appeal to others, but I found myself interested. Not good for zombie fans, since it isn't your traditional zombie movie. Rent at your own risk.

Posted on October 27, 2009 - 12:50am | FrighT MasteR