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Oasis of the Zombies

2008

2.4 out of 5 stars (53) IMDb 2.5/10

The Germans are taking Nazi gold across Africa and are ambushed by the allies. All died except Robert who is later killed for recounting the story. His son goes to Africa to find the gold. It is a dangerous idea.

Starring:
Manuel Gélin, Eduardo Fajardo
Runtime:
1 hour, 25 minutes

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By Lonnie E. Holder HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 11, 2011
Format: DVD
This movie begins with some promise. A couple of girls are wandering through an oasis. We see close-ups of their behinds trying to sneak out from under their shorts. The next thing you know, it is zombie feast time! Then we see a flashback to World War II. Germans travel to the same oasis. Allies are hiding at the Oasis. We see a big battle. We see lots of shooting and blood and other war related stuff. The director had an array of actual armored vehicles, which impressed me.

We move into the future and see the former German commander dying and suddenly everyone is after Nazi gold left by the Germans. There is only one minor obstacle. Nazi zombies are guarding the gold!

From this point forward, this movie is a lot like watching someone grind meat. Only instead of stuffing the meat into the grinder, they very slowly move the meat toward the grinder, and then they very slowly stuff it into the grinder. Yes, this movie is much like the awful B-movies of yore where everyone is in great physical shape and can run like the wind, yet the slow, shambling zombies with various body parts in various states of decay always manage to catch up to them.

Since this movie is European (I am unsure whether there was a particular country involved; the beginning said Eurocine), there has to be at least some nudity, and there is. We see some brief nudity in the desert and then there is a somewhat torrid love scene. I was thinking that zombies might eat the two lovers during the love scene. I leave you to learn whether they did.

Before I forget, one line from this movie is highly memorable.
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The movie is so bad that it even has bad cinematography! However, it is a must have if you collect these old zombie movies. Night of the Living Dead wasn't in Panavision either, you know!

It is a fun movie that you can watch with friends and make sarcastic remarks about!
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By KDI on January 27, 2015
Format: Amazon Video
Some of the reviews of this movie are pretty wordy. However, as Spinal Tap's album titled Shark Sandwich once got a two word review: "S**t Sandwich", I think the same applies here. Unless you are doing some kind of thesis about the director Jesus Franco then there is no need to see this.
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This is complete cheese, even for my B-movie standard expectations. The general plot idea here about an Afrika Corps unit being killed in battle while transporting some gold during WWII is not a bad one. However, everything beyond that point goes bad overall, including the acting, dialogs, connection between scenes, etc. Indeed, I tried hard to understand (without success) why we had killed Nazi soldiers returning to life in the first place. There was no betrayal or something like that here; they just lost the battle. So, you get slow moving zombies here, no running victims, some ok to bad gore scenes, and some women nudity. As suggested by other reviewers, this one is for zombie and/or Jess Franco collectors mostly (my case). Even so, I suggest you to be patient and look for some "used - very good" copy from Amazon (as I did) so that you spend no more than 10 dollars for your copy. Otherwise, you will regret it.

Technically, picture quality of this Image release is generally fine, with dark scenes a bit difficult to follow, and a few overexposed desert scenes probably shot near noon time. As declared on the covers, format is widescreen and running time is 82 minutes. Audio is in French or English, and no subtitles are provided. No extras either.
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Oasis of the Zombies (Jess Franco, 1983)
First, let me emphasize the good thing about this movie: the incredible score. Were it released now, I'd call it an interesting mix of trance and pseudo-ethnic music (rather like Muslimgauze, but with not as deft a touch), with undertones of death ambient and noise. But since those genres didn't really exist at the time, Franco was well out on the bleeding edge. If you must see this film, see it for the soundtrack. As for the rest...
Jess Franco has directed almost two hundred films in his long and completely undistinguished career (which, I might add, is still going strong, with two films released in 2002 and one slated for release in 2003 it doesn't look like we'll see until 2004). A large number of them have been softcore films. There's far more of Tinto Brass than Lucio Fulci around Jess Franco, which makes me wonder why on earth I'd have been expecting Oasis of the Zombies to be a decent flick. Oh, well, it's a Nazi zombie movie, and I got it cheap.
Yes, a Nazi zombie movie. I had always thought Shock Waves to be the only one of its kind, but it seems there's a whole subgenre of them (all inspired by Louis Pauwels' supposedly-nonfiction book The Morning of the Magicians). And of those I've seen, Shock Waves still remains far and away the best of them. But I digress.
In this one, the Nazi zombies are guarding a treasure in gold bars they'd taken from the Afrika Korps during World War II. The gold, however, never made it out of the desert; in fact, it never made it out of the oasis where the ambush was staged. After fierce fighting on both sides (`what? no one told me this was a war movie!"), the only survivor is the commander of the Afrika Korps.
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