The film opens with six Nazi soldiers being executed on a beach and their bodies being left to the sea. We assume this was in the past since it was in black and white. Director Krekel then cuts to shots of the ocean with a quote about fog credited to one C. Newport. Once again, the viewer is left to assume. This could be English seaman Christopher Newport (and I only know about him because Christopher Newport University is just down the road from me) or it could be Chet “Slim” Newport, black sheep of the Newport cigarette empire. That will give you a hint of how Krekel doesn’t give a damn. We then jump right into a dream sequence as Jenny (Nadine Nigge, soon to be Krekel’s wife) is haunted by six guys shown in negative image who bellow stuff like, “Du hast uns getötet” (“You killed us”) while pointing swords at her. She wakes up from her nightmare to find she is safe and sound inside a car.
fireplace. Inside they find a book. This book must be important as random dude returns from the dead with his brother’s severed head. The group splits but not before Philipp gets stabbed to death and random dude gets a pick-axe in the gut and his hand lopped off. The four remaining folks make it to another house and decide the best course of action isn’t to try to call for help. Nope, they need to read this book. It is apparently a diary from 1942 and details the preparation of six German officers as they concocted a plan to assassinate Hitler. Hmmm, I bet one of them is named Tom. Anyway, the diary also contains a newspaper clipping that says “Attentat Erfolgreich Verhindert: Verrater Executiert” (Assassination Successfully Prevented: Traitors Executed). Also included is a piece of paper about the killings and Jenny freaks out when she sees the signature of the person who signed off on them. Turns out it was Erich Hansen, her grandfather. For some reason Lukas and Lisa head to the town’s lighthouse and the keeper (a slumming Andreas Schnaas; yes, slumming) tells them more info about how the town’s mayor hid some money in the bunker and the dead guys want it back. Life in the afterlife ain’t cheap. Finally, around the 43 minute mark, the fog rolls in and it is a race to find the geld and appease these pissed off spirits.
porn versions of HALLOWEEN had more substance and style). It is doubly painful when you realize this all had potential if it had a budget and competent filmmakers. The concept of Nazi zombies haunting the waves is some that has been proven popular both before (SHOCKWAVES) and after (the unmade WORST CASE SCENARIO) this film. But here is it D.O.A. as our baddies are guys literally wearing the cheapest skull masks you can imagine (you can clearly see their non-rotting human necks where the masks end) while sporting perfectly fine human hands. It was too much hassle to find gloves? No, apparently not as some scenes have them wearing gloves. That is just lazy. Even the gore department, where Germans usually thrive, is poorly done. This simplicity is matched by the script, which was so basic that I could even follow it with my German being rustier than a undetonated WWII bomb stuck in the dirt. Is there anything positive I can say about the film? The good news? It only runs 60 minutes. The bad news? It exists.