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3.0 out of 5 stars a very average zombie film !,
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This review is from: Oasis Of The Zombies [DVD] (DVD)as i already own jess francos "jack the ripper" on dvd ,i thought id give this zombie movie a try & for £2.49 ,it seemed a steal. as soon as i started the dvd i could see lines down either side of the screen , it was
grainy & looked dated. the acting was like a b movie & the noises came off a bbc sound effects disc,i know because i owned science fiction sound
effects ,the only thing franco didnt use was "tardis take off !" maybe he
should have with this movie ! the story started in ww2 german soldiers were ambushed & killed near an oasis ,present day they rise from their sandy graves to protect their gold which is hidden in the oasis.
the son of a captain recieves a letter telling him of the missing gold & his fathers death he goes searching for this oasis & guess what? hes a dead ringer for the pop star "mika !" good zombie actors but naff music
& over the top sound effects ,not a film i would watch again though.
1.0 out of 5 stars "some might say" these nazis want to "live forever",
This review is from: Oasis Of The Zombies [DVD] (DVD)Hello.
This film review is brought to you courtesy of random references to Oasis songs.
This is a film from 1982 and made on a VERY limited budget. This goes a long way to explaining the opening moments of the film which have wonky camera work, a line running down the centre of the screen and some of the most interesting wardrobe choices for a pair of teenage girls in the dessert but you just have to roll with it.
Clearly, as a zombie film in the 80's, the girls die and one loses their top in a pretty lame attempt to spice things up. There is a slight glimpse of reddened sausages but that's the height of gore in this film (explaining why it's a 15).
As described in any review this film is about Nazi gold which isn't necessarily apparent until 15 minutes in. After we discover this we get an attempt at a Godfather pII epic flashback with the guy falling in love abroad with the local beauty where she presents herself to him in the desert. There's world war 2 going on in the background and then there's more about gold and then we are in England.
Considering the travelling inherent in this film it is very difficult to determine where it is actually set. At certain points we see England and the soundtrack is an odd combination of Turkish rhythm and bongo drumming. This makes the film seem more like a film for the local Indian takeaway at certain points. The film skips between here and there without any real explanation of where they have arrived to leaving the viewer confused and half the world away.
The sound of the zombies to which everyone always asks 'WHO is there' is that of a BBC sound departments hog... which makes for some interesting moments.
Zombie attack scenes are filmed by using zombie head shots mixed with very normal and hairy arms strangling people. It's reminiscent of an explosion at a liquid latex factory where the people then tried to wipe it off using lipstick.
One particular zombie attack about half way in seemed more like a disturbing porno scene in which the zombie strip the only female and hang around her pubic area before finally decided to rip open her stomach.
Considering they are surrounded by bones and 2 dead professors all the teenagers seem oddly nonchalant. Seemingly as a nod towards the ongoing disenfranchisement of youth and how teens in a group (or 'hood' which is the technical term for a group of teenagers) will be less afraid because of the desensitising powers of youth oriented film and television.
The directors idea of 'eerie atmosphere' is a combination of sand sliding downhill and a guiro being rubbed. and an odd shot that after seeing for the 5th time in the film I've finally come to realise is a spider on a web.
When, finally, we do see the zombie 'horde' it takes a helluva long time for them to walk down a hill. Which just makes the line "Help me with that can, come on, they're coming down fast" all the more hilariously stupid.
The night time filming, where we get the 'epic' final battle, is pretty much ruined in a flurry of confusing shots and pointless zoom ins of zombie heads. The ever increasing amount of smoke also does little to help the view. And the ending of the scene... the final conclusion of this drawn out moment, occurs quickly and with little reasoning. Leaving us to stare at some corpses that somehow continue to breath in and out.
And the final, surmising line, which has little to do with the events of the film. and even less to do with the mounting body count.
This is a teen zombie film, for teens. Thus there is a lot of sex, boobs and not much else. Considering the woman had only recently been attacked she is remarkably quick to jump back into bed for some rumpy pumpy. Where anyone else would shout it out loud and flee these would rather fornicate and laugh. Much like playing call of duty on-line.
No review of this could be complete without mentioning the efforts of the dubbing department in this film. Whilst the acting is wooden, stilted and the directing requires an awful lot of close up shots of people looking dramatic, the dubbing counterbalances this by being much more obviously terrible. No subtlety to it what so ever. It's just bad.
The one and only redeeming feature of this film is that it has possibly the hammiest death scene in the world. Shown in the adverts this depicts a man moaning and collapsing on some hay in a death scene an 8 year old would be embarrassed by. Seeing as this is the only good point in the film I would recommend saving your money and watching the moment on youtube.
Get this if you are an avid collector of zombie films, nazi films and terrible films.
Don't get this if you like oasis tracks; there are very few. Or good zombie films; there are many, many better ones out there.
4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars awful,
This review is from: Oasis Of The Zombies [DVD] (DVD)This one of the worst zombie movies ever. Everything about it is bad the acting,editing and direction is terrible. Althogh i enjoyed it more than Resident Evil:Apocalypse(in my opinion the worst zombie film ever).
The dvd quality is good overall.It is presented in an anamorphic widsreen(1.85.1)version. The sound is good and the extras consist of two trailers.
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Oasis Of The Zombies [DVD] by Jesus Franco (DVD - 2004)