Frankenstein's Army

Frankenstein's Army

Richard Raaphorst (2013)

80min
18 Certificate
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Mary Shelley's classic story of genius gone mad gets a gruesome wartime twist in this found-footage horror from first-time director Richard Raaphorst. Crisply shot in and around a former mine in the Czech Republic, the story follows a squad of Russian soldiers as they push back the Nazis in east Germany, only to come across a secret lab where Frankenstein's theories are undergoing a decidedly freakish upgrade. Initially slow to get moving and with little characterisation, the tale takes a gut-wrenching turn (literally) when out of nowhere appear zombot super-soldiers (steampunk undead complete with death-dealing pincers, scythes, drills and propellers) who start to carve up Stalin's finest. For genre fans, the cranium-cracking splatter is reminiscent of Hammer at its most bloody and the creature designs (by Raaphorst himself) demonstrate a distinctively dark imagination. But, despite the found-film method delivering one or two shocks and an oppressive atmosphere, this is one debut that might have worked just as well as a full-bore terror yarn.

Summary

Russian soldiers are lost behind enemy lines toward the end of the Second World War, and stumble on a village that has been utterly destroyed by an unknown attacker. They learn the cause in the secret lab of a mad scientist, where they must battle his army of cybernetic war machines - if dissent in the ranks does not kill them first. Sci-fi thriller, starring Karel Roden and Joshua Sasse.

Cast & Crew

Viktor Karel Roden
Sergei Joshua Sasse
Novikov Robert Gwilym
Dimitri Alexander Mercury
Sacha Luke Newberry
Ivan Hon Ping Tang
Vassili Andrei Zayats
Alexei Mark Stevenson
Director Richard Raaphorst
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Violence, swearingAvailable on: DVD
Drama