Nazis at the Center of the Earth

Nazis at the Center of the Earth

Nazis at the Center of the Earth (2012)

A team of scientists in the Antarctic is taken captive and find themselves in a vast underground cavern filled with Nazis.  They must find a way to escape and thwart the rise of the Fourth Reich.

Roger Corman meets Jules Verne in this B movie arctic romp.  When two of their own disappear while in the field, Jake Busey leads a team of scientists across the Antarctic plain to find them.  There, they discover the entrance to a vast underground cavern system which turns out to be the hiding place of Josef Mengele and his remaining Nazi troops.  Over the past decades, he has been using skin grafts and robotics to keep his legions alive as they plan their return to the surface and to world power.  Now, with this new infusion of brilliant minds into their ranks, they may finally be able to restore their fuhrer and usher in the rise of the aryan super society.

As with any B movie, one needs to know what to expect before watching this movie.  The acting is bad.  The effects are bad.  The premise is silly.  But, this is camp at its finest.  Like the best B movies, this film walks a fine line between understated comedy and over-the-top foolishness.  It works better than many recent offerings.  There’s never a dull moment and the internal logic (bizarre as it may be) of the film holds up – the viewer can suspend their disbelief without having to completely fall asleep at the wheel in order to make it through the viewing.

Dumb and campy, “Nazis at the Center of the Earth” is one of those rare treats that works in spite of its ridiculous plot and execution.  You will not be scared by this horror film and you will not be moved by any far reaching message.  You will be entertained, though, and that’s not easy to do with a gang of murderous nazis to keep you company.

 

Stars: 4/5

 

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