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Zombie Massacre 2: Reich of the Dead review

Not Nearly as Entertaining as the Trailer

…and there’s no Nazi Zombies

by TS Alan

(2015, Canada/Italy)

Zombie Massacre 2: Reich of the Dead review | Zombie Education Alliance | TS AlanPlot:
America soldiers on recon during WWII come across a decapitated Nazi complex only to discover it is filled with a horde of zombie prisoners.

Review:
Set in WWII, Zombie Massacre 2: Reich of the Dead tells the story of a small team of American soldiers fighting against a horde of zombies created by the Nazis using prisoners from concentration camps. While filmmakers like Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow / Dead Snow 2: Red vs Dead) and Marko Makilaakso (War of the Dead), use zombified Nazi soldiers as their antagonists, Italian directors Luca Boni and Marco Ristori went in a different direction, having Doctor Mengele (Dan van Husen) use mentally ill concentration camp internees for testing his virus in an attempt to create an immortal Nazi army.

Boni and Ristori are known for two previous zombie flicks (Eaters and Apocalypse Z aka Zombie Massacre), both of which were poorly received — simply for the fact that they were horrible films, rife with bad acting, bad dialog, and bad production. With Zombie Massacre 2: Reich of the Dead, it is apparent by the film’s slow pacing, stylish cinematography (by Francesca Catalano) and its organic feel that the directors were looking to make a serious zombie film, one that would take them out of cult schlock status and more into the mainstream.

Zombie Massacre 2: Reich of the Dead review | Zombie Education Alliance | TS Alan

There are moments where the film shines and early on hints it will be something better than what Boni and Ristori have previously produced. The acting is impressively solid, especially that of Aaron Stielstra (The Scarlet Worm) and veteran actor Dan van Husen (Hart’s War / The Sea Wolves). The dialog is fluid and realistic, and many of the practical effects are very well done. Yes, it’s moody, gritty, stylish and well acted, but it’s also painfully slow and meanders aimlessly between war and horror film. There is also no characters you’ll become truly vested in and the undead don’t show up until thirty-two minutes into the eighty minute film. And then there’s the ending, which didn’t make sense.

Zombie Massacre 2: Reich of the Dead review | Zombie Education Alliance | TS Alan

Summary:
Directors Luca Boni and Marco Ristori have certainly accomplished a better zombie film then their first two, and it certainly shows how far they come as a film making team. However, Zombie Massacre 2: Reich of the Dead has far more weaknesses than strengths to make it a film to satisfy zombiephile aficionados or the casual viewer. Boni and Ristori are on the cusp of being excellent zombie film makers, let us hope that their next movie together will finally be their breakout.

Zombie Massacre 2: Reich of the Dead
Directed by Luca Boni, Marco Ristori
Screenplay by Luca Boni, Marco Ristori
Cast: Andrew Harwood Mills, Aaron Stielstra, Ally McClelland, Dan van Husen, and Lucy Drive.
Run Time: 80 minutes
Release Date: Out on DVD in UK. Blu-ray (uncut) in Germany, July 31, 2015.

Not Nearly as Entertaining as the Trailer ...and there's no Nazi Zombies by TS Alan (2015, Canada/Italy) Plot: America soldiers on recon during WWII come across a decapitated Nazi complex only to discover it is filled with a horde of zombie prisoners. Review: Set in WWII, Zombie Massacre 2: Reich of the Dead tells the story of a small team of American soldiers fighting against a horde of zombies created by the Nazis using prisoners from concentration camps. While filmmakers like Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow / Dead Snow 2: Red vs Dead) and Marko Makilaakso (War of the Dead), use…

Review Overview

2.5 out of 5 Stars

C-

Summary : A slow narrative, no zombies until thirty minutes in, uninteresting characters, and an anti-climatic ending makes Zombie Massacre 2: Reich of the Dead a tiring watch for such a short film

About TS Alan

TS was the former managing editor of Zombie Training before co-founding ZEA with former associate editor Mike Garman. TS was born outside Buffalo, NY. After attending high school he entered into a two-year community college to study Communications and Media Arts. There he became involved in the college’s radio station as a radio personality, under the pseudonym of J.D. Hollywood. After a year with WNCB radio he also became the station’s Promotions Director. J.D. Hollywood was also one of two names he used as a music reporter and Associate Editor for Buffalo Backstage, a local music magazine. After moving to Manhattan and experiencing the Northeast blackout of 2003, he became interested in prepping and urban survival, learning much of his experience through self education and observation of tragic events like 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy. TS Alan currently resides in the East Village of New York City and is a published author of the zombie novel The Romero Strain.