A delightfully schlocky premise is given straight faced treatment here, as a Nazi scientist named Norberg (a slumming Dana Andrews) goes about the business of keeping various Nazi characters on ice and experimenting on them so that they can, one day, be resurrected successfully. A problem arises when his visiting niece Jean (the gorgeous Anna Palk) becomes VERY concerned about the sudden disappearance of her friend / traveling companion Elsa (Kathleen Breck).
While somewhat disappointing - this doesn't play out the way that some people might want it to - it's an okay forerunner to the "Nazi zombie" genre that eventually flourished. There might be too much talk and too little action for some audience members, but everything is played with admirable sincerity, and the movie isn't completely lacking in memorable imagery. Writer / producer / director Herbert J. Leder ("Pretty Boy Floyd", "It!") gives us a pitiable decapitated head on a table, and the sight of severed arms attached to a wall. Filmed in Britain, this is limited in its color palette, and in fact was apparently originally shown in theatres in black & white. It features a wonderful schlock movie score composed by Don Banks.
The cast is fun to watch, especially Andrews, as he makes an attempt at a German accent. Palk is an appealing leading lady, but Philip Gilbert is rather bland as the nice guy American scientist who becomes party to the machinations of our bad guys. Karel Stepanek and Basil Henson are entertainingly malevolent as Nazi goons. Alan Tilvern delivers a standout performance as Norbergs' crazed assistant. A young Edward Fox pops in and out of the story as one of the unfrozen dead. Breck is ultimately quite the sight, and she does earn ones' sympathies.
An amusing, diverting bit of rubbish that may be worth a look for schlock enthusiasts looking for golden oldies of decades past.
Seven out of 10.
The Frozen Dead
Horror / Sci-Fi
The Frozen Dead
Horror / Sci-Fi
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Dr. Rupert Norberg, a leading medical researcher for the Nazis, has been secretly at work in England for 20 years, learning how to reanimate a flash frozen Nazi force. He has been supported in this work with funds to cover the "castle" in which he works as well as care for his niece, Jean, whose father is one of the dozen "stiffs" in his locker. He can restore the physical bodies of the soldiers but has yet to get their brains reactivated. His assistant, Carl Essen, prematurely tells a former general that their goal is in sight. The general's appearance forces the assistant to push things further. Knowing that Norberg needs to study a live brain, Essen kills Elsa Tenney, the girlfriend that Jean, has brought home for the school holidays. Then he prompts Norberg to keep the head alive for study. At the same time, Dr. Ted Roberts arrives from the U.S. to assist Norberg in his research. His own work has been able to keep a dog's head alive in the laboratory. Elsa's head starts sending premonitions out that Jean picks up on. Although originally sworn to secrecy, Ted falls in love with Jean and switches his allegiance to help Jean stay alive and get to Elsa.
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May 07, 2022 at 07:30 AM