“Frankie’s Army” Has Monsters of Epic Proportions

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Director: Richard Raaphorst

Writers: Richard Raaphorst, Miguel Tejada-Flores

Starring: Karel Roden, Andrei Zayats, Luke Newberry, Joshua Sasse

The Netherlands has reminded us what good special effects is. I’m not saying CGI is the worst filmmaking tool, I’m just saying that less is more in some cases. Frankenstein’s Army is the perfect example how a little makeup and fabrication work can create awesome monsters.

Set in WWII, a group of Soviet soldiers are on a mission to rescue their comrades from behind enemy lines. However, the farther they go into Nazi territory they realize that the Nazis are the least of their troubles. Monsters constructed by a mad scientist terrorize the both sides of the war giving the Soviets little chance of surviving.

Like I said earlier, old Hollywood magic is what made this movie so entertaining. As grotesque and gory as the movie is, the monsters were like individual works of art. The creativity was astounding. You had some that had propellers for heads, power drills for noses, saws for hands, etc. There was blood, guts, and brains! You’ll see what a mean about about the brains…that scene was hilarious!

Here’s some of the Concept Art:

Although “mockumentary” films are overused, I thought it made the movie fun. It had a vintage feel to it and I do like a shaky camera to add to the confusion of a horror scene. Not too shaky, of course, but the disorientation adds to the horror.

Was the plot silly? Yes. Was the ending predictable? Absolutely. But you’re not going to watch Frankenstein’s Army for the plot. It’s all about the monsters here and I know that you’ll enjoy each and every one!

Am I the only one who thinks this would make a great video game?

Trailer:

Laugh til you pee with Dead Snow 2

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Dead Snow 2 released Oct. 2014 in Norway but is now available (in English) on Netflix

Director: Tommy Wirkola Writers: Tommy, Wirkola, Stig Frode Henriksen, and Vegar Hoel

Starring: Vegar Hoel, Orjan Gamst, and Martin Starr

Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead (2014) is a gut busting horror comedy film from Norway. Nazi zombies (and a tank) battle Soviet zombies, nerds, a gay guy, and a one-armed Norwegian dude (from the first movie, apparently) in the snow. Thankfully this smart, hilarious new take on the zombie genre is on Netflix for we, Americans, to wet our pants over.

I’ve seen so many zombie movies I’ve kinda burned myself out, but Dead Snow 2 is a revelation. It’s original, fast-paced, and unapologetically campy. I can’t remember when I’ve laughed so hard. Damsel Bruja and I watched this film together on a weeknight and loved it. This is definitely a movie to watch with your friends piled high on a couch with an open box of pizza and cold beers. Definitely watch this movie with beer. The drunker you are the funnier it gets. True story.

A+ for Dead Snow 2. Trashy entertainment at its finest!