Dead Walkers: Rise of the 4th Reich (2013) By Baron Craze

As most of society knows the World War II in 1945 ended with Nazis failure of world domination, and plague of sickness from spreading any further into society, many scientists and military elite escaped in shadows of daily life. Director and writer Philip Gardiner, takes his story and indulges in combining many conspiracy theories of teams of men and women resurrecting the Nazi Occult machine and hence bringing Fourth Reich to the world in the present day. Although, one man, code name, Alpha One (Philip Berzamanis) knows the truth and needs to expose the darkness to the light, and crushing the evil empire again.

The film’s title is a dead giveaway of the conceptual storyline, this new Reich obviously plays off the title of hit television show The Walking Dead, by borrowing the term for the undead as ‘walkers’ and hence this new army for the Nazis has zombie troops. After a failed attempt from the British secret service, and second teams assembles to discover the rumors of a rising mysterious army, the team lead by Alpha One, with only himself returning from the mission. The storyline has him debriefing superiors of the mission, yet his story filled with flashback sequences, has psychiatrists puzzled with the scenarios he speaks. Gardiner uses fish eye lens, and various hues mostly likely to simulate the nightmare and hallucinations that Alpha one encountered, however, this usage tends for an over stimulated reoccurrences for the audience enjoyable. The production firm Chemical Burn Entertainment, should include more extras such as a director commentary to explain this technique to viewers, rather leaving it to unfounded and confusing conjectured of reviewers and fans alike.

In addition, the film skims over the vast amount of conspiracy theories involving the Fourth Reich, where many imply the New World Order mentality and ideology that governments will control society and reprogram them to identify one voice, one mentality and one view. While it may added some burden to Philip, taking the time to research a plot point, many writers attest doing just that, and herein someone did for you, author Edwin Black, with his book Nazi Nexus (2009), available from Amazon in both paperback and Kindle form. In fact, just using the internet could helped the screenplay and thereby the film, the actors’ come extreme stiff, almost as confused by their characters, and that obviously shows during the production. At times the film shows a music video methodology, while not going to the absurd video game filming method of House of the Dead (2003) the films leaves a lot wonder if more of the script focus on a conspiracy standpoint rather that a spying action flick, without much action or spying for that fact.

Normally a soundtrack for a horror film, contains an edgy sound, Dead Walkers does not do that rather in the credits lies a music video, from the band Great Northern Hotel, taken from David Lynch’s Twin Peaks. Their song a mellow track entitled, “Cutz and Collides”, why this certain song inclusion occurs, simply unsure as various misaligned film shots occur in the background.

Sadly, the films ranks in a miserable 77 minutes in length, well below the standard 90 minutes for a horror film, perhaps displaying of the power of the rising walker army would lengthen the production and added scenes that are more gruesome. Dead Walkers currently contains the requirements in horror films, the T&A, the extreme language but lacks on the violence and brutalization. Gardiner, film adds to horror’s sub-genre, Nazi Zombies, these conceptual films rank with approximately 25 films over 71 years, dating back to Steve Sekely’s Revenge of the Zombies (1943) starring the magnificent John Carradine, who later work on Shock Waves (1977) another Nazi Zombie flick with the talented Peter Cushing. In a genre that spanned so many years it is only recently that the majority of the films surfaced, with director Tommy Wirkola’s Dead Snow (2009) a very good feature film, followed by Outpost and Frankenstein Army.

If a 4th Reich existed, and this film shows the readiness of that element, then no worries to concern one with, as the coherent storyline languishes in muddy trench line on scarred frontline. However, if one wishes to venture forth and conquer the Nazi Zombie sub-genre of horror, then one must include this film too, but the viewer chooses the order in to watch 25 or so films.