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3.0 out of 5 stars Somebody call David Hasselhoff!, October 20, 2002
This review is from: Shock Waves (DVD)
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."
When watching "Shock Waves" today, I am reminded of many of those terrible Italian zombie films from the same period, in which unlucky travelers are stranded on an island and soon become the appetizers of the hungry undead. This film, thankfully, is not as graphically violent as those repulsive extravaganzas. In fact, "Shock Waves" relies far more on suspense and mood than violence.
If ever a film was deserving of cult status, the unique and utterly bizarre "Shock Waves" certainly is. For those not yet acquainted with its eerie allure, this Nazi-zombie-shocker will be a pleasant surprise.
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Initial post: Aug 21, 2015 8:30:35 PM PDT
Leland says:
Hey Chris, I like your review, and I like the movie as well. Some things I noticed in the movie while I watched the regular DVD tonight. The Nazi Zombies were wearing scuba type glasses, that is the only way they could see apparently and when they became removed they would be blind and virtually "die."
The loudmouth guy with the glasses, "Norman", while in the river before he gets submerged by a Nazi Zombie, turns around and takes a deep breath. You can see it briefly on screen before he goes down. lol

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2015 2:50:29 PM PDT
Chris Wilson says:
Leland, in the words of Ed Wood, "Cut! It's perfect!"

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2015 7:25:38 PM PDT
Leland says:
hahaha I know I love these movies from the 70s. I have quite a few now on Blu-ray. I was a preteen in those years and remember them all, still. It's great to go back and see these again. Brings back some good memories. lol
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