Strange appeal: Oasis of the Zombies

Posted by Cory Casciato On April - 21 - 2009

oasisofthezombiesYou want more Nazi zombie badness? We got more Nazi zombie badness. French/Spanish Nazi zombie badness in the form of the cheap, schlocky Oasis of the Zombies from the early ’80s. In this slow, ponderous outing a group of treasure hunters run afoul of a group of Nazi zombies haunting an oasis where millions in stolen Nazi gold is hidden. The zombies are some kind of weird hybrid ghost-zombies who disappear at dawn (even though it’s clearly light out in several scenes…) and hide in the sand when they aren’t busy stalking and murdering.

The problems of this movie are legion. The set and production design is possibly the worst I have ever seen. For example, one bit of evidence the Nazis had been there was clearly just a slab of wood with a swastika clumsily painted on it in white. The story was weak, the writing was miserable and the dubbing was atrocious. Yet despite being a bad movie by most every measure, there was something strangely watchable about it. It had a nice sense of atmosphere and really hot girls, a few of which supplied the obligatory gratuitous nudity. It’s not worth the time if you aren’t a total zombie-movie fanatic, but I’d call it the best of the terrible Nazi zombie movies, for what little that is worth.

2 Responses to “Strange appeal: Oasis of the Zombies

  1. Jay Clarke says:

    You know, I remember this movie being absolutely dreadful. Really all I remember are REALLY long sequences of people sniping zombies in the desert. Then, you said “and really hot girls, a few of which supplied the obligatory gratuitous nudity” and I thought ‘hmmm, maybe I should give this movie a second chance…”

    I’m such a sucker.

  2. […] reviewed this one already (review here) so let’s cut to the chase. The creature here is pretty much completely zombie — […]

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