Dread Central reports:
Amazing how things tend to work out. A few days back I stumbled upon info about a new Olivier Gruner action-horror flick called War of the Dead that would pit the marble-mouthed French kickboxing asskicker against zombies during World War 2. I couldn't find any info other than a brief synopsis and assurances that it was a real film. I wanted to do a story about it but damned if I had much of anything to go on. And then this morning I surf over to Twitch Film and find that they've just filled in the blanks complete with trailer. What timing.
Now War of the Dead is definitely what I would call an international production: Finnish director and locales, French leading actor, Scandinavian cast, US and Lithuanian producers, and the dialogue will reportedly be almost completely in English. Directed by acclaimed Finnish director Marko Mäkilaakso - I'll just take their word for it that he's acclaimed since I don't know enough about Finnish cinema to dispute it - and produced by the people behind John Carpenter's Vampires, War of the Dead's plot goes a little something like this:
"In the frozen arctic forests, Captain Martin Stone is leading a finely-trained, elite platoon of American and Finnish soldiers as they attack an enemy bunker. Underestimating their enemy’s strength, they are quickly beaten back into the forest. As they try to regroup, they are suddenly attacked by the same soldiers they had just killed a few minutes earlier. Forced to flee deeper into Russian territory, they discover one of war’s most terrifying secrets and realize they have woken up a far more deadlier enemy."
Despite the fact that War of the Dead only began shooting last month there's already a teaser trailer online and I must say I'm digging what I'm seeing thus far. You certainly can't fault the cinematography. That said, "Fear has a new temperature" may very well be the lamest tagline I've come across in a long time.