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Shock Waves (1977)

Peter Cushing , Brooke Adams , Ken Wiederhorn  |  PG |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Peter Cushing, Brooke Adams, Fred Buch, Jack Davidson, Luke Halpin
  • Directors: Ken Wiederhorn
  • Writers: Ken Wiederhorn, John Kent Harrison, Ken Pare
  • Producers: Reuben Trane
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: September 30, 2003
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000096I9X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,036 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Shock Waves" on IMDb

Special Features

  • From FLIPPER To SHOCK WAVES: An Interview with Luke Halpin
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spot
  • Radio Spots
  • Poster, Still & Production Art Gallery

Editorial Reviews

John Carradine, Peter Cushing, Brooke Adams. During WWII, The Nazi High Command commissioned German scientists to create a secret race of indestructible zombie storm troopers called The Death Corps. 1976/color/85 min/NR/widescreen.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Saw the trailer for this as a sophomore in high school, circa 1977. The second I saw the begoggled undead shock troops emerge from the ocean I was hooked - SHOCK WAVES has gone on to be my favorite low-budget film of all time, and I've seen a-plenty. No cannibalism here, no gore, no entrails - just bizarre, creepy atmosphere to burn and the claustrophic paranoia that is at the very heart of this classic Florida-shot mood piece. And if that ain't enough, you also have John Carradine, Peter Cushing, Luke Halpin (all grown up from his "Flipper" days) and the excellent Brooke Adams, who wears a bathing suit better than anyone since Julie Adams (no relation as far as I know) in CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON. Blue Underground has done an excellent job with this package. In addition to enlightening, entertaining commentary from director/co-writer Ken Wiederhorn, filmmaker/photographer Fred Olen Ray and make-up designer Alan Ormsby, there is a wealth of advert media: original trailer, a Luke Halpin interview, TV and radio spots and a gallery of stills and newspaper ads for double feature and drive-in showings. To have this in your library is to have a bona-fide minimalist cult classic. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!!
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67 of 76 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Somebody call David Hasselhoff! October 20, 2002
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First, let me say that I like the 1975 horror flick "Shock Waves." Secondly, it must be the only film in history that has Peter Cushing, John Carradine, Brooke Adams AND scuba Nazis. After years of struggling to find this little known creepfest on video, I am pleased to see it has finally been released on DVD.
What I noticed after watching this film again recently (...), was how reliant "Shock Waves" was on mood and atmosphere to create its horror. Director Ken Wiederhorn has draped his film with creepy images of gothic mansions and decaying laboratories and, of course, hungover android Nazis standing on the ocean horizon, ready to destroy every living thing within sight.
Unlucky travelers, among them Brooke Adams and Fred Buch (?!), are in the wrong place at the wrong time when they are stranded on an island whose only inhabitant seems to be Peter Cushing in an old dark house. Van Helsing he's not. In fact, Ol' Pete's a former SS scientist who created a race of underwater-breathing Nazi androids for use as WW II submarine commanders. Naturally, these Aryan zombies are accidently released into what is already is very weird environment. Complete with tattered SS uniforms, black jack boots and dark sunglasses, these...scuba soldiers proceed to crush every thing in their path, including one especially artificial-looking shark.
But the mood is the key, and this flick thrives on a foreboding, ominous tone. In "Shock Waves," the trees are covered with hanging moss (this film must take place off the coast of the southern United States), walls are streaked with mold and cobwebs, the wind is constantly blowing, odd noises can be heard in the darkness, and then you have a manic John Carradine spouting gibberish as if he were still acting out the opening scene in "The Grapes of Wrath.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Atmosphere over violence January 7, 2010
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The 70's was the breeding ground for great horror films. The mainstream audiance was being treated to a slur of religious themed horror films (Exorcist, its sequel, The Omen, Beyond The Door) etc, and there was a big underground scene going on. In 1977, this indie shocker crept to theatres and made a small impact. But it's reputation since then has grown and it has been dubbed a classic, rightfully so. Of course there are many clones, the most obvious being the truely horrible Zombie Lake. But this movie, utilizing the underwater nazi zombie idea is very well crafted and lives up to its title. Although some might find it slow and lacking by modern standards, for those who like horror from the era when real horrror was being done, this one is a near essential. Staring an unknown Brooke Adams, and horror legends John Carradine and Peter Cushing, the low budget on this flick is apparent. Like Halloween a year after it, the writers wisely cast one (or 2) highly famaliar face to reel in their target crowd. Although they play the same usual "warning theres something bad going on here" character they've both always played, they do it with the bravado you'd expect of both the veterans. Some island tourists aboard a boat captaine'd by Caradine has some kind of equipment problems, loses its way, and gets sideswiped by a large unknown ship. They take refuge on a nearby island and not to give too much away, Cushing living there in isolation, is the former head of a core of superhuman killers (not dead nor alive but somewhere in between) that have just so happen to be rising from their watery grave on this day. Of course, on paper this sounds cheesy, however director Ken Wiederhorn really treats this flick as if it were the kind of late 60s Hammer film Cushing himself comes from. It's extremely eerie indeed. Read more ›
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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On a desolate, nondescript Caribbean island, shipwreck survivors are surprised to discover that an eccentric old German doctor resides there in an abandoned and dilapidated hotel. They soon learn, however, that the old Teutonic medical man is more that just eccentric; he's a former S.S. officer who has continued with the experiments assigned to him by Der Führer. And it isn't long before the castaways find themselves battling for survival against a corps of amphibious Nazi zombies!
This off-the-wall, low-budget horror film is just as goofy as it sounds, but it's still pretty good fun. And believe it or not, it actually spawned a bizarre sub-genre of Nazi zombie films that includes 1981's THE LAKE OF THE LIVING DEAD (a.k.a. ZOMBIE LAKE), 1981's NIGHT OF THE ZOMBIES, and 1983's THE OASIS OF THE LIVING DEAD (a.k.a. BLOODSUCKING NAZI ZOMBIES), to name just a few. None of its cinematic offspring quite reach the guilty-pleasure or cult status of SHOCK WAVES, though.
British horror icon Peter Cushing portrays the former S.S. officer, his interpretation somewhat reminiscent of his turns as Dr. Frankenstein in the films that came out of England's Hammer Studios in the 1960s and early 1970s. Actor John Carradine, a familiar face in American horror from the 1930s through the 1980s, appears in the minor role of the captain of the shipwrecked vessel. Carradine's character dies early in the film, however, so the two great horror veterans never get to share any screen time. A very unfortunate missed opportunity, as such a pairing certainly could've pushed SHOCK WAVES just a smidgen closer to notability.
Actress Brooke Adams has a prominent role as one of the shipwreck survivors. (Indeed, the story actually unfolds like a sort of flashback as her character thinks back to the experience.
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3.0 out of 5 stars If you are just looking for a good horror flick
You have to be a die-hard fan of the zombie genre to appreciate this movie. I happen to be so I gave it three stars. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Mark Allan Schuring
5.0 out of 5 stars Yess!!
How can you go wrong with Underwater Mutant Nazi Zombies?!?!

If you watch this, you should know what you are getting into. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jon Clendenen
4.0 out of 5 stars My mom was shocked!!
My mom has looking for this for 20 years or so. I happened to find it & she completely gasped!!!.
Published 1 month ago by Music@238
3.0 out of 5 stars Nazi Zombies and John Carradine Too
It IS the best nazi zombie movie. A creepy film that strands a group of people on a mysterious island populated by an old nazi and his squad of zombies. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Alan Giorgio
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic and Fun
"Shock Waves" was one of the first horror movies I recall watching when our house was hooked up to cable in the early 1980s, so the film holds great nostalgic and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Matthew Burton
5.0 out of 5 stars Cult movie
Gives Nazi zombies new meaning. Repeated viewing is not dull. So great that I got a second video to use as a gift.
Published 6 months ago by Marianne Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars memories
i was a teen, alone in the house late at night the first time i saw this. scared the bejeezys out of me. so happy i found it again.
Published 6 months ago by avbaby
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
This is not your modern 'zombie' movie but a classic undead human type zombie movie. It is more spooky then scary and the clothing is very dated but it is still worth a watch.
Published 6 months ago by Dee Dee
5.0 out of 5 stars Get Shock Waves as it's one of the best Zombie movies out there.
Saw this movie many years back and is one of my favorite Zombie flicks. Glad I could buy it! I love movies with British actor Peter Cushing.
Published 7 months ago by Carol L. Herman
4.0 out of 5 stars Great !
Both Peter Cushing and John carradine are excellent. The screenplay is unique and very original this again shows why Amicus films should be preserved for the future
Published 7 months ago by jim crawford
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