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The Frozen Dead
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 2013
THE FROZEN DEAD is another one of those movies that made an impression on me from seeing it on the small screen. By the time it was released (1967) I was in high school and had discovered British horror but I still had my roots in really low budget American horror movies. This film managed to capture something of both. It was made in England but the plot was recycled from 2 classic American cheapies made in the early 1960s, MADMEN OF MANDORAS (THEY SAVED HITLER'S BRAIN) and THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE. FROZEN DEAD had a bigger budget and like most Brit horror films set outside of the Gothic tradition, it was played straight without a hint of camp. Many horror fans prefer the over-the-top approach but, like the classic supernatural stories of the 19th and early 20th centuries, I find the less is more approach to be more substantial and a lot more satisfying.

Like the two other movies I mentioned, this film deals with keeping a detatched head alive but here it's more than just that. There are arms and entire bodies that have been kept frozen while Nazi scientist Dana Andrews (complete with a fairly convincing German accent) attempts to revive them. The key subplot involves his daughter's friend (Kathleen Breck) whose head, after an assault, is being kept alive to aid in the experiments. The look of the head with it's exposed brain under a glass dome and the helplessness and quiet suffering of the victim, make this a movie that once seen, cannot easily be forgotten. Check on the user comments on imdb to see what I mean. In addition to the head, a key scene involves the aforementioned disembodied arms. Long unavailable, THE FROZEN DEAD was made back-to-back with IT!, the Roddy McDowall Golem movie.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on August 28, 2013
Warner Archives has presented a very nice color print of this film, in proper widescreen. Stalwart Dana Andrews stars as a German scientist who's involved in a secret project to preserve the remnants of the Third Reich. As such, the movie falls into the "living head" subgenre of horror films, but is never quite as campy as the more infamous THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE and THEY SAVED HITLER'S BRAIN.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2013
Great flick. Upscaled to 1080i makes it really shine. Look for a stage hand on the left of the screen behind the wall that holds all the arms. This is at the 1:32:33 mark, don't know how they left that in, it's so obvious.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on October 4, 2013
All in all it is a good movie as many of the early horror or SySy movies were, well most of them. The DVD has good sound and the picture is very good. The plot, well I leave that for you to find out. Don't want to take the fun out of watching the movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 27, 2014
DVD: DVD-R on demand
Language: English
Subtitles: NO
DVD Code: all region
Bonus-Features: nothing

20 years after WW2 ending a old Nazi-Scientist (Dana Andrews) has to bring back dead Nazi-Soldiers to build up a new Nazi-Army.

The good thing: its a nice small sci-fi/horror flic.
The not-so-good-thing: Dana Andrews might be to big for this movie
nice: handsome looking Philip Gilbert
not so good from today view: the "horror" is gone
Very good: the picture quality is pretty good (clean and sharp)

Trivia:
Edward Fox (his most popular role might be "The Day of the Jackal"!) can be seen as one of the "living" Dead as the Brother of Dr. Norberg.

FAZIT: a nice small trivial sci-fi/horror Low-budget-flic for fans of this kind of movies and fans of Edward Fox/Dana Andrews but nothing else
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 6, 2014
Dana Andrews was and is the king of the detective film noir movies. Laura and Boomerang and Reasonable Doubt and his best
movie which is a mix of film nor/horror/sci fi is a must have for any fan. This movie is actually better than it sounds. It's typical of
british horror/sci fi movies but the plot of frozen Nazis and Andrews as a scientist gives it a comedic tone at times. Andrews is
good as usual but his phony Germany accent gets funny at times. He should've used his great cool voice he was known for.
I guess the director thought it was a good idea but Andrews does fine as the german scientist. A cool rare Andrews movie.
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on May 21, 2015
I confused this film with another, this is an old school horror film but it lacks much excitement or surprise in the story line. If you are an old school horror fan, you will probably want to watch this film at least once, but it is not a keeper.
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on May 17, 2015
Dead Nazi zombies and Dana Andrews - excellent!
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on October 21, 2014
great classic.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2014
Dana Andrews was having trouble with his health when they shot this movie. It is a bit disappointing as far as this genera goes. It you can get it cheap enough or rent it, I would do it. I don't mind as I have a pretty large collection. I think this was a pretty low budget film, so it is what it is.
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