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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Shock Waves (1977)

In 2009 I watched with delight the Danish "Nazi zombie" film Dead Snow.  It made me wonder why the subject hadn't been explored before.  Then I came across Shock Waves, an small budget film that explored similar territory back in 1977.  Shock Waves is a mixed bag.  The premise by director/co-writer Ken Wiederhorn is a great one.  A young woman, who was found adrift in a small rowboat, tells a harrowing story of her experience on a remote island where her tourist boat was stranded.  On this island lives an aging SS Officer and a legion of zombie fighters he once commanded known as the Death Corps.
The zombies in this film are totally awesome and unique.  They are completely different from the typical Romero style zombie.  They are often filmed coming in and out of the water to great effect and have no interest in gut munching whatsoever.  They are simply mindless killers.  If you're a fan of all things zombie, they are a must-see.
Where Shock Waves falls short of the mark is in terms of its human actors, some of whom are pretty bad.  Even the great Peter Cushing is not at his best in this film.  Neither is John Carradine who appears in the beginning of Shock Waves as the captain of the tourist boat.  Furthermore, the script is also a little weak in places and is in need of a rewrite in the dialogue department.
Shock Waves is an uneven film with flashes of originality.  It is definitely crying out for a remake and I'm actually surprised it's never been done before.  Watch this only if you're a fan of the zombie sub-genre of horror.
RATING: Good.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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