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The first scene of this movie is somewhat perplexing. A pair of very young girls are bent over a form crying hysterically, it appears to be their father and he seems to be fading quickly. The puzzling part comes next when one empties the contents of a syringe in his ailing flesh. More on this a little later. Blood Soaked's opening credits follow and give a large part of the film's premise away by showing a montage of clippings (set against a thumping hard rock soundtrack) from the end of WW II. They tell of the death of Hitler and the rise of what has come to be known as the Fourth Reich, the Hitler Youth movement.
Cut to another scene with the introduction of Piper (Heather Wilder). She's young, naïve and starting college in a new unfamiliar location. As she does this she teaches us all something… if you leave your partner behind and he looks like Taylor Lautner (and he has an attitude like this character) odds are he's gonna 'hit' on your mum and or a variety of women within a mile radius while you're away. I digress… back to my musings.
Not all is lost, however, as we soon see that Piper has made a new friend (and in such a short time too), Ashley (Rachel Corona), who is somewhat notorious for her preference of estrogen based shenanigans over testosterone tomfoolery. Time passes and the two inevitably lock lips whilst on a playful-cum-flirtatious jaunt in the New Mexico desert. Unbeknownst to them they have company, our 'leaking' pair from earlier that apparently have designs on anyone else traveling the same stretch of highway. In an altercation Ashley feels the sweet caress of a bullet as she violently confronts the pair, she refers to them as 'children of the corn' leaving Piper all alone and prime pickings for the duo's unsavory desires.
This scene teaches the audience another lesson: take care when taking an impromptu road trip with someone you've just met. Perhaps keep a cloth saturated in chloroform handy to keep from having to pander to your companion's hysterical state, one that might place you in the dastardly clutches of a maniac or worse still… a pair of them! It is at this juncture in the film that the format changes. Black and White (rather than color) is now the medium of choice perhaps a nod to the pair's desires of returning the world to a bygone era, an age whose remaining footage is also in the same format.
It isn't long into the film that the audience learns more about the pair, their dreams, their checklist for the future and the endgame they have in mind. Also more on the reasoning behind the nefarious acts they take so much unadulterated pleasure in. Dragging Piper from her hole underground (which she shares with 'something' else chained to the wall) they show her how they hope to attain a foothold on the world by creating a new army of sorts, an uprising, a Fourth Reich. This is the second appearance in the movie of the serum (the same liquid within the syringe in the film's very first scene) and it isn't long until the audience is made aware of its importance. Counting to ten the pair prod at each other and giggle aloud as Piper's jaw drops. She then watches aghast as her friend (sporting a neat bullet hole in her forehead) rises from the desert floor sporting the obvious “I-don't-recognize-you” blank stare and the “I'm-stumbling-around-because my-limbs-are-foreign” gait.
In traditional zombie flick manner our heroine is forced to make a hard decision, I only found it rather strange that the pair decided it a good idea to fit her with a wicked sharp looking machete first. However there are also a number of other things and decisions that the pair do and make to have me feel that the desert is the most suitable place for them. The film's final scene takes place in a small room decked out with so much Nazi paraphernalia that you might think the film's production crew went on a clandestine outing to raid a nearby 'Hitler appreciation' society bunker. This same room boasts a large cast though not all present are able to fully comprehend Mein Kampf narrated aloud by the sisters (?) those that are vehemently vocal about their dislike for its content and the level of hospitality provided by their hosts.
I'm on the fence about this movie, it isn't horrid but it's not great either. There's not much in the way of gore to speak of, a zombie make up or two, rapidly pooling claret and copious bruising. Blood Soaked is shot well, the story flows cohesively and the acting is competent but the fact that this story and it's finale in particular was a mite predictable took away from my overall enjoyment. The premise has been tackled before, as have many of the set pieces, Nazi zombies aren't altogether unheard of even as far back as ‘77 (Shock Waves) and even before then though admittedly there's not much left to utilize to complement a film in the undead genre at this point. However, with that being said I was suitably impressed with both the style and writing of Dead Snow 2 (in the same vein) and Wyrmwood. If nothing else is on and the nearest Miller’s Outpost continues to inform you that your SS uniform is (still) on back order then by all means give this a peek, otherwise you shouldn't be worried that you'll be missing anything that can be considered in the least bit groundbreaking. - Cult
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Feind loves watching movies of all kinds so if we watch it, we tell whether you should as well. I'll share mostly horror but I also enjoy everything from big Blockbusters to micro-budget Independent films.
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