In Frankenstein’s Army the “doctor” (brilliantly portrayed by Hellboy’s Karel Roden who’s obviously having a blast here) is hired by the Nazi to help turn the tide for Hitler’s forces who were by that time losing the war. Created out of corpses and machine parts stitched together to create the ultimate nazi killing machines, these Zombots (as they’re called by everyone involved with this movie) are the real showstoppers and fully deserve the movie being named after them.
We follow a Russian team of soldiers and its propaganda filmmaker to a small miners village in Nazi Germany after hearing a distress call from some fellow comrades. Upon their arrival they find no one except a few weird, disfigured corpses and an abondoned church made into a make-shift laboratory. Soon after they find themselves being wiped out by the creations of one doctor Frankenstein who’s apparently been busy creating an undead army of soldiers destined to end the war once and for all… except it’s not what you think; Frankenstein’s theory on how to end the war is seriously ****ed up and has to be seen to be believed, and thus I won’t spoil it here.
As some of you might have heard, this is indeed a found-footage kind of movie. It is cinema verite all round; but don’t let that stop you from having fun. This is not about the sugestion of creepy/gruesome stuff happening, it instead puts you right in the middle of all the madness and carnage (Raaphorst said; “It makes you an accomplice”), and is a true feast for the eyes of everyone into monster movies. Like I said before, the Zombots are nothing short of amazing, and they’re all (seemingly) conceived without the use of cgi. This makes it all the more incredible because some of the monster designs are outright crazy. On top of that, the splatter effects are top notch, especially during the full on insane second half of the movie which had the Amsterdam audience going wild.