Blitzkrieg: Escape from Stalag 69 (2008) (DVD REVIEW)
Directed By: Keith J. Crocker
STARRING: Steve Montague, Tatyana Kot, Minerva Borack
RATED: UR/REGION: O/WIDESCREEN/NUMBER OF DISCS: 1
AVAILABLE FROM Wild Eye Releasing
Enter Stalag 69, where torture is just the Beginning for this bloody band of Nazi Butchers! Germany, 1945. Stalag 69, a POW camp ruled by the sadistic SS commandant Helmet Schultz, is nothing but a blood-soaked playground for this perverse Nazi monster who uses his American, Russian, and British prisoners in cruel and ghastly biochemical weapons experiments. When a group of young, wanton USO girls are captured and fall into the hands of Schultz and his battalion of butchers, the brutality is turned up and the unsuspecting girls are gored, gouged and ground up – all for the pleasure of Schultz and his SS brothers and sisters. Now it’s up to the rag-tag survivors of the camp to strike back against their captors and Escape from Stalag 69, alive or on a slab!
There is one thing that has stood out with both films by Crocker that I have seen, that is the man loves old school. With The Bloody Ape and now with this film you are taken away waaaay back into the glory days of a grindhouse where the room is hot, the floors are sticky, and the movie on the screen is extremely one thing or another. Blitzkrieg is cheap looking, it’s way over the top, but oddly enough it’s pretty damn interesting as well. Another thing you may notice, even with the hit and miss acting (I’m sure some of these folks have never acted a day in their lives) is that the dialogue has something to say. It may not be delivered in the best way possible at times as people actually seem to fumble over their lines at points (This may add realism to it right? I’m not sure) but within all the insults of different countries, you find a message hidden. You may or may not agree with it, but you’ll probably be so shocked at what you are seeing (good or bad) that you won’t really pick up on it anyway.
I also did dig some of the gore in this film, some being better than others in it. I think it’s really old school and it’s really kind of hard to watch at times as the film borrows one gory scene right out of I Spit On Your Grave. The gore factor isn’t just the only thing that nods it’s head to movies in the same vein as that one and many others, as not only do we see pretty much every private part a person has, we see that part usually cut off as well as seeing things that make you feel pretty dirty at times..of course, this is what they are going for I’m sure. And it’s used here to cover up the film’s shortcomings. Now before you guys rush out and get this and then don’t like it (Some of you won’t) let me just say this film isn’t going to be for everyone. If you’ve read reviews on here before then you know just what I mean. This movie does at times pack and punch but it’s not the pretty glossed up punch some of you are used to. There isn’t much of a plot and it runs a little long, but if you do enjoy old school grindhouse-style movies then this take on one horrible Nazi camp may be for you..If you don’t like that stuff then it for won’t be.
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