WEREWOLVES OF THE THIRD REICH (2017) Reviews and overview

 

‘Half werewolf. Half Nazi. Total terror’

Werewolves of the Third Reich is a 2017 British science-fiction horror film written and directed by Andrew Jones (Cabin 28; The Toymaker; The Last House on Cemetery Lane; The Amityville Asylum; et al). The North Bank Entertainment production stars Lee Bane, Kwame Augustine, Derek Nelson and Darren Swain.

Plot:

In Nazi Germany at the height of World War II, a ragtag group of American soldiers known as “The Fearless Four” are shipped off to a military prison for a variety of infractions, ranging from mutiny to murder.

While they’re being transported, Nazis attack the convoy, killing the military police, but the rebellious American soldiers manage to escape.

Travelling deep into rural Germany, the Americans stumble upon an SS experiment camp run by the notorious Doctor Mengele. They soon discover Mengele’s diabolical plan to fuse human and animal DNA to create an unstoppable army of Werewolf soldiers.

The Fearless Four are now the allied forces’ only hope of preventing Hitler’s Third Reich gaining the upper hand in the War. It’s a fight to the death and only the most brutal and merciless will survive…

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Reviews:

“With the distinct lack of werewolves (they do eventually appear, not really an army of them, or even a pack, but they do arrive……… just about!), something else is needed to save this B-Movie, something entertaining, something so OTT it can steal the show, thankfully we have The Fearless Foursome and SS Officer Hess.” The B Club

“In fairness, the film does look good and Jones clearly works well within a limited budget […} Overall though, there is just too much time spent aping Tarantino’s movies, leaving the film high in concept but low in delivery.” Horror News

Werewolves of the Third Reich looks cheap, with drab and rushed-looking photography, haphazard editing, risible visual effects that just look strange, inauthentic and shoestring budget-like costumes and far from atmospheric or spooky settings. The sound quality is intrusive and obvious and can remember little about the music other than how ill-fitting it was.” The Little Songbird

” …while the craft (cameras, shots, lighting) is ok, the FX mostly struggle (not many filmmakers have the audacity to show a terrible CGI headshot in center frame and slow-motion) and characterization and acting is universally bad, with Brits struggling to do accents both German (phonetically, I bet) and American (redneck grunts don’t say privacy like prih-va-cee).” PD82

“Jones’ latest will likely do little to attract a new army of admirers, with a talky first hour that’s likely to exasperate the masses, coupled with a distinct absence of werewolves. For the die-hard’s though, there’s a lot to latch on to with parts of the script such as Sgt. Peck’s verbal face-off with ‘Fighting Joe’ Kane among the best dialogue that Jones has written.” The Schlock Pit

” …it really needed to be over-the-top and wacky much to what ‘Werewolves of the Third Reich’ suggests. But instead, we’re left with a war movie without any war and a horror/science fiction that lacks both of those elements. I would’ve looked past the horrible cod American accents if there would’ve been a little more silliness involved.” Steven Robert Smith

“The main problem with Werewolves of the Third Reich is that it takes an hour to get to this point […] Most of the film is an incredibly poor rip off of Inglourious Basterds. Which was itself an incredibly poor rip off of Inglorious Bastards. Now, this could be forgiven if the last half hour paid off. But it doesn’t. The creatures don’t look anything like wolves and there’s only two of them. And the big showdown is a couple of half-assed fistfights and a shootout.” Voices from the Balcony

Background: 

Director-producer Andrew Jones explained the genesis of the film: “Well we got the green light due to World War II films selling so well right now! 4Digital Media had tremendous success with one they released, while High Fliers also sold good quantities of titles that they picked up for distribution.

So, overall the film companies were keen for us to provide more war-based content, but they also felt there was a gap in the market for a werewolf film, besides everyone felt the title alone was outlandish enough to capture consumer attention.”

Cast and characters:

Lee Bane … ‘Mad Dog’ Murphy – Cabin 28; The Toymaker; Theatre of Fear; The Amityville Asylum
Kwame Augustine … ‘Reckless’ Reggie Brown
Derek Nelson … Billy ‘The Butcher’
Darren Swain … ‘Fighting Joe’ Kane
Annabelle Lanyon … Helga Hammerstein – Bite; Blood and Bones; Dream Demon; Spooky (TV series)
David France … Doctor Hammerstein
Oliver Fritz … Adolf Hitler
Dennis Farrin … Sergeant Peck
Suzie Frances Garton … Ilsa Koch
Gareth Lawrence …SS Officer Hess
Patrick O’Donnell … SS Officer Schneider
Lee Mark Jones … SS Officer Schreck
Christopher Bennett … Camp 7 Inmate #3

Filming locations:

Caerwent Army training base in Monmouthshire, the Masonic Hall and Llanvithyn Cottage in Cardiff, The Tan Yard in Tongwynlais, No Sign Wine Bar and Parc-Le-Breos in Swansea and Willow Springs campsite in Glyncorrwg.

Technical details:

95 minutes
Aspect ratio: 2:25:1
Audio: Stereo (RCA Sound Recording)

Trailer: