2012 / Director. Joseph Lawson.
Review by Glenn Cochrane.
In ASYLUM terms NAZIES AT THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH kicks ass. Taking advantage of the Nazi-themed genre film boom The Asylum rallied their troops and cranked out this absurd and surprisingly grotesque b-movie. Following WWII the NAZIS have been living secretly, deep beneath the frozen Antarctic continent. They are running out of time as their bodies deteriorate and they're running out of people to harvest for parts. They survive by kidnapping explorers and researchers and use their flesh and bones to piece together their own decomposing bodies. How the NAZIS for there in the first place and how they were able to construct gigantic structures is never explained... I guess that kind of detail is insignificant and/or detrimental to the overall narrative. The absurdity of it all is what makes it so fun to watch. Dominique Swain and Jake Busey headline the film as best as D-grade Hollywood actors can. With The Asylum moving from strength to strength their films (in my opinion) are getting better and better. They're still as stupid as ever but now they feel a lot more glossy. The budgets are getting bigger (though still minuscule in Hollywood terms) and the design of the productions is stronger. The world they've created in this crass caper is wonderfully artificial with weird subterranean landscapes, stodgy soundstage interiors and huge unconvincing CGI action sequences. What's not to love about Robo-Hitler shooting lasers from his chest? or NAZI spaceships set on a course for global destruction? Oh and it is also particularly gruesome and gory. It is made up off all the things that armchair critics would probably lash out at... and yet my deep-seeded geekness wanted to stand up and cheer. This is akin to the type of films that Roger Corman and William Castle made. It's the type of movie that kids would line up around the block to see at weekend matinees. It is simply a shit load of fun. I guess people either "get it" or they don't. I do and I love it. NAZIS AT THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH is hellafun.