2013 / Director. Stephen Amis.
I was disappointed to have missed the festival screenings of The 25th Reich. All signs indicated to it being my type of movie. Thankfully Monster Pictures have wasted no time in releasing it to blu-ray and dvd. I will dispense with the negatives... the film does meander quite a bit before anything exciting happens and one particular American accent is atrocious. And that's about where the criticisms end. The 25th Reich is a passionate and lovingly crafted homage to the classic sci-fi B-movies of the 50s and 60s. Based on a classic novel (50,000 Years Until Tomorrow) It tells the story of 5 American soldiers deployed to Australia who travel back in time and return 300 years into the future where the Nazi's are giant robot spiders and govern the entire world. That's all you need to know and if that premise hasn't given you wood, then don't even bother with this movie. This is so much fun and director Stephen Amis knows the genre well, with everything from the dialogue to the score being done with a film-buff's attention to detail. The special FX are also fantastic. Watching it I got the impression that it's makers must be young bucks with a youthful "go-get-em" attitude. I was pleasantly surprised to read that Stephen Amis is actually 47 and made his first feature back in 1991. That makes The 25th Reich so much better because only an absolute passion for the genre could have driven a seasoned director to persist with such a daring and audacious project. This film looks great, flows well and has a winking eye permanently cast upon the viewer. Australia needs more genre films like this. Fingers crossed we get 'em.
Do yourself a favour and watch the trailer. It's great.