Director: Jesus Franco
Cast: Manuel Gelin, Eduardo Fajardo, France Lomay
Screenplay: Jesus Franco
82 mins. Not Rated.
IMDb Bottom 100: #99 (as of 10/7/2015)
In the spirit of horror and one man’s journey to find the perfect film, sometimes one must sift through the shit to find the treasure, and in that way, we begin a new series today where I scour the worst 100 films of all time (according to the Internet Movie Database) to see if they really are the bottom of the bottom. We begin with #99 on the list in this 31 Days of Horror: Oasis of the Zombies.
It’s tough to even tack down the plot of this garbage pile, but I’ll try. When a young man learns of his father’s murder, he sets off to find hidden Nazi gold that was lost decades earlier during World War II in the African desert. There’s only one catch, others are looking for the gold and they all discover that it is being guarded by the living dead Nazis themselves.
Generally, speaking, I’m going to make this review quicker by talking about the films high points.
There, now that’s settled, and we can talk about low points. The performances suck, the writing is sloppy, and the direction is so foul that I can get lost from shot to shot as to what the hell is exactly going on. The film hasn’t aged well as evidenced by the poor visual representation, and it feels like whole subplots were omitted mid-shoot. I found myself unable to care about any of the leads, and the music ruined every semblance of enjoyment I might have gleaned.
Oasis of the Zombies is, to be clear, awful in just about every way. I cannot be more clear about this.
But is it Good?
No, no it isn’t. Fun is Birdemic: Shock and Terror. Oasis of the Zombies is too poorly put together to be enjoyable in the slightest.
Can it be Fun?
There are a couple ways to liven up the party. First, a standard drinking game. Drink every time someone says “Oasis” (please drink responsibly). Another fun way: the film is foreign-language. Turn down the volume and get funky by creating your own dialogue. It could help.
Oasis of the Zombies absolutely belongs on the list of the worst films of all time. It really really does.
-Kyle A. Goethe
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