Review : Frankenstein’s Army (2013)

Frankenstein’s Army was directed by Richard Raaphorst and was released in 2013 in a limited number of theaters. The movie takes place at the end of World War II, in Germany. Russian soldiers stumble across a secret lab where Nazi scientists, led by Victor Frankenstein, have created an army of zombie soldiers from different body parts.

Frankenstein’s Army is very inconsistent throughout with parts feeling completely irrelevant while others extremely fun. The main issue of the movie is that it is found-footage. It doesn’t work at all especially since the video quality of the camera is too good and modern to pass for 1940’s equipment used during wartime. It is simply not believable at all and feels like a gimmick used to justify mediocre camera work.

The acting is passable at best but the Russian accents are cartoony and none of the characters are likable thus their demise has no real impact on the viewer. However, the movie’s best achievement is the design of the zombie creatures. As much as you don’t care about the soldiers, the creatures are what keeps you watching. Their design is really innovative and creative and the practical effects are very well made.

Overall, the fun takes place in the second act of the film, with a weak first act and a silly final act. Frankenstein’s Army might be worth watching for the creatures’ designs but there’s not much more to it.

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