The first Zombie Massacre was a bland, boring and uninspired horror movie and despite some changes to the formula, its sequel shares most of these qualities.
Nazi zombies. Someone was in charge of writing the sequel to Zombie Massacre (known in Europe as Apocalypse Z) and at one point, that person came up with the idea of including Nazi Zombies. But the unimaginative enemies isn’t the only problem in this movie. The first Zombie Massacre was a bland, boring and uninspired horror movie and despite some changes to the formula, its sequel shares most of these qualities.
Set in World War II, Zombie Massacre 2: Reich of the Dead follows a platoon of American soldiers as they fight through hordes of zombies that were created by Nazis using some of the prisoners from their camps. Once the first zombies make an appearance (which takes a lot of time, by the way,) the film shows encounter after encounter between the soldiers and the zombies, but as you’d expect, these fights becomes less impactful as time goes by. But at one point, the movie takes a weird turn and there are flashbacks to one of the soldier’s childhood and some bizarre dream sequences. I felt these parts of the film were unnecessary and they also felt confusing. Unnecessary sentimentalism that feels forced and doesn’t make a lot of sense in a horror movie with zombies.
To a certain extent, the inclusion of zombies in this movie hurts the story they were trying to tell. During half of the movie, there’s not even a mention that zombies will appear (aside from the name of the movie, of course) and up until that point, I enjoyed the conversations between the characters and I even started caring about what they were trying to say. But as soon as the first zombie appears, I lost interest because the movie soon becomes a mediocre horror film with a low-budget and poor ideas. Unlike its predecessor (which was mediocre from start to finish,) Zombie Massacre 2 at least had some potential and it’s a shame to see it all go to waste.
Zombie Massacre 2: Reich of the Dead is a wasted opportunity to tell a compelling story about the horrors of war in the form of a horror flick. But it seems like everyone involved was so adamant about including zombies that the end result is so diluted and woefully inconsistent that the movie itself isn’t sure of what it wants to be. Zombie Massacre 2 represents an improvement over its predecessor, but this sequel is still hard to recommend to anyone other than fans of the horror movies looking for something different.