Deep Within the Desert is the… – Oasis of the Zombies (1982)

If there is one well that does not run dry, it is the fusion of Nazis and zombies. The possibilities are endless and instead of the hero or heroine having to fend off the undead, they must do so knowing those corpses were also the personification of evil. These creatures are not only monsters, but monsters who became monsters. Prolific director Jesús Franco guides this masterpiece and it is a film that should be pretty terrible and really is not all that good, yet manages to retain a little bit of charm about it. It is all a bit plodding when it comes to the pace of it and Franco could have trimmed it down a bit to make it flow a little better. Such as it is though, it could have been a lot worse.

oasis-of-the-zombies-12The story involves said Nazi zombies and some treasure hunters out looking for loot in the desert. The plot itself is all right, but the dialogue and script is horrible and should have been improved before filming even started. Be that as it may, Franco still somehow manages to tie everything up into something resembling a film and though it does tend to take a while before it gets going, being your classic slow burn, you want to see what happens with these World War II-era zombies. There are fatalities amongst the cast, how could there not be, and they are surprisingly gruesome – in a general sense through fright and not due to blood or gore or anything of that sort. Most of this is thanks to the special effects as the zombies look quite fearsome. The film obviously had no budget, but Franco and the makers of this movie obviously did the best with what they had.

You would think that the man known for peppering his films with a ton of nudity would have done so here and yet, this might be one of the tamest films the man has ever produced. Those looking for such will surely be disappointed, but in a way, it is also refreshing to see that every once in a while, the man can deliver something a little different. Oasis of the Zombies is not a great film or even a good one, but it is not as bad as it could be.

2.5 out of 5

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