x Abu Dhabi, UAE Thursday 20 July 2017

War of the Dead

Built around one long zombie battle scene, this is a superior B-movie, low on actual horror but high on flesh-chomping action.

War of the Dead features a long battle scene with plenty of flesh-chomping action. Courtesy Momentum Pictures
War of the Dead features a long battle scene with plenty of flesh-chomping action. Courtesy Momentum Pictures

War of the Dead
Director: Marko Mäkilaakso
Starring: Andrew Tiernan, Mikko Leppilampi, Samuel Vauramo
***

Four years in production, dropping its original star and title along the way, this fast-moving Second World War zombie thriller is a better film than its silly premise and troubled history might suggest.

Shot in the Baltic state of Lithuania, the action takes place in 1941 in an abandoned camp on the Finnish-Russian border where Nazi scientists once conducted secret "anti-death" experiments on prisoners of war.

When a platoon of US and Finnish soldiers infiltrates the camp, they face fierce resistance from an army of super-strong undead warriors.

Built around one long battle scene, War of the Dead is a trashy but superior B-movie, low on actual horror but full of slick production touches and plenty of pulse-racing, flesh-chomping action.