Oasis Of The Zombies (1982)

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Genres: Horror, Naziploitation, Zombie Film
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Jesús Franco Jesús Franco
Manuel Gélin Manuel Gélin
France Lomay France Lomay
Jeff Montgomery Jeff Montgomery
Myriam Landson Myriam Landson
Eric Viellard Eric Viellard
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Review by Chad
Added: May 06, 2004
Richard is a commander in World War II, in some battles going on in Africa. He learns of a group of Nazi fellows who are transporting something across the desert and slaughtering everyone in their path. He and his men set up an ambush at an oasis to finish off the Nazi's, and everyone on both sides of the battle dies except for our hero, who stumbles out into the desert. He's found by a sheik who takes him in, and along with his daughter, nurse the guy back to health. Richard ends up falling in love with this woman, and some baby-making is to be had before he has to go resume his war duties. When the war is over, he returns to where his woman lives, only to find that she died while giving birth to his son.

Fast forward to the present time. Richard has died, and sent a letter explaining all of the above to his son Robert. He also mentions that there is about six million dollars worth of gold at the oasis where everyone died at in the original battle, and of course, Robert takes the bait and heads out there. However, the oasis is guarded by quite a large number of Nazi zombies who aren't too keen on anyone grabbing the gold.

These last two paragraphs detail almost the entire plot of the movie, and you'd think this would take up about ten or fifteen minutes of time, then it's a bunch of zombie action. If you thought that, you'd be wrong, as this plot takes almost half of the movie to explain, with no zombie action during this time frame. After all this is said and done, we do get one brief zombie scene, and then it's back to even more useless plot giving, where Robert talks to the sheik, runs around town, goes shopping, more talking, meditating.... everything except being interesting. Finally, around the 85% mark of the movie, he and his buddies head out to the oasis, and the single-most boring zombie fight I have ever witnessed occurs.

Zombies fear fire, as most movies will tell us. They do here, as well; almost too much. Robert dispatches most of them by simply standing in one spot and poking them, one by one, with a burning stick. When the sun rises, the rest simply vanish into thin air. Yes, this is a spoiler, and only given to point out just how bad this movie really is. If you decide to watch it after reading this here review, then I pity you.

As far as the zombies themselves go, the effects were either a hit or a miss depending on the particular zombie. The two middle ones in the cover actually do appear in the movie, which was a shocker. They look quite nice, but the rest of the crew just look like they had a handful of makeup slapped on their face. Boring, indeed.

The body count isn't too bad, technically; about twelve people bite the big one in this flick. But the "technically" is what hurts. Most of these kills aren't shown at all, or even verified deaths; for example, a woman sees a zombie, screams, cutscene. I'd assume she died, but you never can tell. On the few kills that are shown, the zombies eat their prey, but with very little bloodshed, if any at all. That rule is broken in one kill, however, when a woman's intestines get ripped out. Even with that, there's barely any blood to be seen, however.

Bottom line, avoid this one, even if you're a huge fan of zombie films. 1/10
Lucid Dreams #1: Lucid Dreams - added 02/14/2010, 06:36 PM
The title alone makes me not want to watch this.
Ginose #2: Ginose - added 02/14/2010, 07:36 PM
Oh shit, totally hadn't noticed this was reviewed here.
Wow. This one was fucking horrible. Came in that "50 Chiller Pack" for $15... hell, the set came with "Bad Taste" and "Profondo Rosso", so whatever, right? Well, I love me some zombie films and figured "FUCK YEAH NAZI ZOMBIES". Love those bastards too... wow...
Just... 0/10... wow...
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