!!! WARNING. MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS. !!!
This film is a follow up to the excellent 'Bordello Death Tales'. Whilst I enjoyed this film immensely, I found that it fell a bit short of the giddy heights that its predecessor reached.
This anthology consists of three tales of terror, but unlike 'Bordello Death Tales' there is no wraparound story. The first story called 'Medal Of Horror' concerns the efforts of a man to avoid combat even faking his own death. However his lover, upon hearing of his death, attempts suicide. The vengeful father of the girl, tracks down the man and offers him a poisoned chalice as a way of redeeming himself...
'Medal Of Horror' is a thoroughly enjoyable opening gambit, a wild and wooly story that throws everything into the mix and in the process loses its way slightly. Loved the gas mark zombie/creature and the dessicated Red Baron.
The second story, also my favourite of the three is called 'Harriet's War'. A psychic investigator, possibly working for the Government, arrives in a small village to investigate a strange murder. Is the murderer born of flesh and blood or are far more sinister forces at work?......
Lara Lemon delivers a winning performance as Harriet Price. Cy Henty is great as always as the local bobby PC Jones. Together they make a great double act and I would love to see more of this intrepid duo. Alan Ronald directs with tongue firmly in cheek, and there's some sparkling wit to be found within this tale, along with oodles of atmosphere.
The third tale,'Devils of the Blitz', is directed by one of my favourite horror directors, Pat Higgins, a highly talented film maker with low budget triumphs such as 'The Devil's Music' and 'Hellbride' in his resume. Whilst I can see the attempts by Higgins to create a mixture of pulp horror and allegory, the resulting tale does disappoint slightly, despite the great puppet creatures that are creeping into the consciousness of those in peril.
However, it's hard to be too harsh on any minor shortcomings that 'Nazi Zombie Death Tales' has. It's still a very enjoyable film crammed full of invention and ideas. I still look forward to the next installment in the 'Death Tales' series by these three talented directors. A lovely dvd release too, full of extras and hidden suprises. 4 out of 5.
NB: A film can often have its ambitious nature curbed by lack of budget. I think that 'Nazi Zombie Death Tales' is a case in point. This film is highly original, full of invention and crammed full of ideas. I think my original review is a bit unfair on the film, so I'm editing this review as I am changing my vote to the full 5 out of 5, as, despite its failings, this film should be applauded for at least trying to provide its audience with something completely different.