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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
God bless the kind folks at Blue Underground who like these midnight horror flicks as much as the fans, and have the funds to put them out on dvd. Shock Waves is one of the many fun titles they have released. I originally saw this movie on USA when they had a show called "Saturday Nightmares" back in the late eighties. This movie's always been a favorite of mine coz of it's concept and because of Peter Cushing. Just the idea of the Nazis screwing around with science and the supernatural to make zombie soldiers is creepy-and it's not too crazy a notion to assume they actually might have tried that. I've always like the whole stranded on an island concept for some reason. Plus, I'm not a big fan of the water, so the fact that all this chaos emerges from the ocean adds a little depth(Get it? Depth? Ocean? Water?)to the scariness for me. Yeah, it's cheap, the acting is mediocre(except Cushing of course), it's corny at times, but it has something. The look of the zombies, the way they move, the way they stare at people.......it's creepy. Cushing makes too early of an exit as well as Carradine, but what can ya do? For a "zombie" film there is a surprising lack of gore, but that's no big deal coz the movie goes more for the suspense angle, and succeeds most of the time. Roger Waters samples this film for a song on his Amused To Death album. That's bizarre. I guess Roger Waters likes Shock Waves as well. Could Roger Waters lead you astray? NO! So watch this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2012
This movie scared the crap out of me when I first saw it on CBS late night back when they showed movies in place of the garbage they have now.

I have always enjoyed Peter Cushing, having grown up with his movies, and John Carradine is no slouch either.

A group of tourists on a second rate ocean cruise end up stranded on an island overseen by Peter Cushing, who turns out to be a self exiled Nazi. After building the characters up so you care about what happens to them, the scares begin, and Shock Waves delivers, refreshingly without gore laid on with a trowel. The movie depends on characters and slowly building terror to make its point, and it does.

Billed as the "Best Nazi Zombie Movie," I would have to agree. I've seen a lot of zombie movies, even the Italian ones, but this little gem is far and away one of the greatest. But, like I said, I like Peter Cushing and John Carradine.

There are extras as well, including an interview with Luke Halpin in which he talks about the respect he has for Cushing and Carradine, Halpin is a class act.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2011
For a 1970's movie, well done, this is a well thought out, not original, but different in its approach, with even a big name in the 70's, HAMMER Productions own Peter Cushing, and this time not playing the English Gentleman type. The action is quick to surface, no pun intended, with the arrival of the "Ghost Ship", the deserted Island, with a three star hotel being used as a hermitage which is keeping a dark secret. It is well know the NAZI's were big into the occult and this movie tugs on that string throughout the movie. The acting is above average, to include a character you just want to shoot right off the bat. The zombies are not the flesh eating kind, but have a more watery grave mentality, which really does make this a different type of zombie film. The zombies are tame looking for today standards, but do pull of a wierd creepiness which is well captured in the movie. The movie lacks the blood and gore of most zombie movies, but can hold the audience captive. A good movie for any zombie lover.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 3, 2002
Yes, this is a low budget horror/zombie fest, but this is a GOOD one. John Carradine and Peter Cushing add some acting experience, of course, but the setting and the plot are scary by themselves. The deserted island is creepy, with lots of water and hanging green scenery for the zombies to rummage through. The idea of finding a deserted mansion (or resort or hotel or whatever the heck the place is) is always shiver inspiring. The zombies themselves are truly frightening--no meaty parts falling off of them in this one, these are self-contained and if slow moving, no less menacing. This is a film for late at night, with the lights off. Young Brooke Adams (of the second Body Snatchers fame) is in her first role and is very good. If you enjoy scary movies or zombie movies, this is one for you. Five stars out of five from me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 4, 2002
This is another excellent Peter Cushing movie where he was an SS doctor/officer that attempted to create the "master race" - aka zombies (all blond). At the end of the war, the zombies were entombed in the bow of a ship and sunk to the bottom of the ocean near an unknown island. Chance would have it that a ship on a pleasure cruse, captained by John Carradine, happens to sink near the island during an earthquake and the zombies are also freed. The real trouble begins for the people stranded on the island...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
During World War II, German scientists performed top-secret experiments in the paranormal and worked at creating an invincible super soldier. They succeeded on creating a squad of soldiers who were neither living, nor dead. Allied troops later spoke of battling with this elite SS unit, known as the Death Corps, who fought without weapons and killed with their bare hands. The allies never captured a single member of this SS unit.

Two couples looking for some leisure time on the ocean take a dive boat out for some relaxation. The boat's captain (John Carradine) and first mate (Luke Halpin) expertly manage to shipwreck the boat near a remote island. Upon finding the home of a self-exiled Nazi commander (Peter Cushing) they all learn of the story of the undead super soldiers and what became of them. And unfortunately for the living, the troops are ready for service once again.

Ken Widerhorn's direction was passable, but ultimately, I think it's the acting that keeps this ship afloat. No, they're not spectacular performances, but overall they're pretty good. As it should be expected, veteran actors Carradine (The Astro-Zombies) and Cushing (Star Wars) are the standouts, though I don't think it's on either one of their best roles lists. Brooke Adams (Invasion of the Body Snatchers) and Halpin (Flipper) put in some honest work while the rest of the main cast are fairly forgettable. Though don't discount the eight actors playing zombies. They did a yeoman's job and seemed to take their roles very seriously, adding a lot of believability to the film. That's saying a lot since they were cast from an ad put in the paper down on location in Florida.

These Nazi zombies look good for being some thirty plus years old. By that I mean they're not very decomposed. To their credit, they are on the pasty side and they're pretty wrinkled. You know how you get when you're in the bubble bath, er...shower too long? Sorta like that. They're still fairly creepy, though. Since we don't know how exactly these guys were created, you could explain away the decomposition by some kind of anti-aging zombification serum. What's more impressive is that their uniforms don't look decayed at all. You can rationalize the zombies, but not the uniforms I'm afraid.

SHOCK WAVES is the first film for director Ken Wiederhorn. Likewise, it's the first film for all the credited screenwriters as well as the producer. Many of the film's flaws can be attributed to the lack of experience, but even with its flaws, Shock Waves is very watchable and managed to attain a cult following over the years. I think there are a few reasons why.

First of all, it manages to escape what most zombie movies can't...simply being a crappy movie. If you can at least be an average zombie film, with the glut of all the really bad ones, you're destined to stick out among the crowd. Secondly, it's a rather unique take on the undead. Only ZOMBIE LAKE really comes close to the premise of underwater Nazi zombies, and SHOCK WAVES is head and shoulders above that dried-up piece of dead wood. Thirdly, there are a few very memorable scenes that will stick in your mind. For me, the best was the scene where all the undead Nazis rise up out of the water one by one and slowly head to shore. And lastly, you have the mere presence of John Carradine and Peter Cushing. Between the two, I think they've been in about a billion films and have both accumulated their own legions of fans throughout their career. Put it all together and you've got a flick that will continue to add to its following for quite some time to come.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
John Carradine is a sour, crusty old sea captain on a pleasure boat for hire. He takes a group of tourists (among them, the lovely Brooke Adams) out for a cruise. They encounter a strange solar phenomenon and get lost. That night, the boat almost runs into a ghost ship. They have no idea that the derelict ship's crew of nazi zombies has risen from their watery grave! Severe engine trouble forces our merry band to flee to a nearby island. No Gilligan here! Peter Cushing is excellent as an old nazi-in-hiding who is the only one who knows what's actually going on. This is a genuinely creepy movie. There's no nudity, no gore, and very little profanity; and I still highly recommend it! ADDED BONUS: There's an extremely annoying guy in this movie! I found myself hoping for his quick demise. See if you can pick him out. Hint: He wears glasses and whines whenever he opens his mouth! Great flick! Prepare for a scare...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2015
let's tell you the good first. Peter Cushing is terrific, and the last to be credited Luke Halpin (the older boy in the Flipper series) is very good too. John Carradine was getting pretty old but he was okay, too. (this was a movie from 1977) The Nazi zombies were all GREAT.Was this the first with Nazi underwater zombies? Could be. The other "performers" were awful, the whiner guy, the drunken woman, the cowardly guy who panics, just bad. the biggest disappointment was Brooke Adams, Luke saved her life 5 times and not once did she return the favor and by the way....she was awful, too. But getting past the bad, it was still a good fun zombie movie. stay away from this island off florida! They were a Nazi experiment gone wrong.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on April 28, 2003
This isn't exactly your average buckets-o-gore, slow-moving (the zombies, not the movie) zombie film, but it's close enough and almost just as good. I say almost, because quite frankly, there could have been a little more gore...it wouldn't have hurt. The plot is the kicker. During World War II, the [Germans] experimented with making the perfect soldiers. They began their research from ancient stories of unstoppable warriors whose power comes from the ground...these soldiers are neither alive or dead, but they are rotting and can live under water all the live-long day, so I'm leaning more towards dead.
A group of tourists cruising the islands run aground a deserted island after going into what might be the Bermuda Triangle or a similar anomally and hitting the [German's] old sunken ship. They find an old hotel, inhabitted only by Peter Cushing, playing a not-quite-ex-[German]commander. The hijinks ensue as the zombies begin attacking the tourists. This is campy 70's horror at its best. Check it out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2014
Atmosphere and imagery are the name of the game here. The movie is creepy and unsettling despite the fact that there is very little violence and virtually no gore. The look of the Nazi zombies and the bizarre music score create an atmosphere of dread and eeriness that cannot be denied. I may be a bit biased, however, as I saw this movie first when I was a kid and it scared the bejeebers out of me. All horror fans should check this one out.
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