As the resident Dread Central zombie aficionado, I’m always on the lookout for the next flesh-tearing fright fest for you guys. Over the last couple of years the Nazi zombie sub-genre has become pretty hot. With director Shaun Robert Smith’s The 4th Reich, it looks like it may have just reached its boiling point.
The film is still casting, but already Tom Savini, Sean Pertwee, Axelle Carolyn, Simon Bamford, and Craig Conway have come on board to take part in the mayhem. One of the most exciting aspects of this project is that the team intend to “nail” the historical facts by making a war movie with zombies. Shooting next spring, the entire film is set in war-torn Europe.
June 1944, after the glorious victory on D-day, the armies of the combined allied forces begin their long push to Berlin with the aim of bringing down Hitler and the despised Nazi regime of the Third Reich. But buried deep in secret files is the chilling reality of Hitler’s plan to create an eternal living hell, The 4th Reich.
Dr. Joseph Mengele, Hitler’s chief scientist, was charged with creating a new super army of invincible soldiers. A force that would never be beaten. His experiments and research at the death camps of Auschwitz, Belsen, and Birkenau would create unspeakable evil.
A small brigade of soldiers from 3rd Infantry Division under the command of the battle-hardened Captain Bathurst embark on an ever-darkening quest to liberate Europe. Fighting their way through the French countryside, villages, and war-ravaged towns. Each step discovering progressively strange battles and events until they reach an abandoned research facility where the true horror begins…
Shaun Robert Smith burst upon the scene with his award-winning 2007 short film The Soldier, which you can dig on by clicking here. It’s gonna be really interesting to see what Smith can accomplish with a heartier budget. Visit the official 4th Reich website, and keep it locked on Dread for more on this one really soon.
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