Part Jules Verne, Part Indiana Jones, All Crap – Nazis At The Center Of The Earth


Nazis At The Center Of The Earth is another Asylum movie. The same folks behind Abraham Lincoln Vs. Zombies, Paranormal Entity, Snakes On A Train, and many more made this cinematic stinkbomb. It stars Dominique Swain and Jake Busey.

Deep in the arctic there lies a secret entrance to a world underground, a world where Nazis still live. A group of scientists from a research substation are taken underground and forced to solve Dr. Mengele’s transplant and skin graft problems.

The story is ridiculous and silly. The acting is over the top and cheesy. The movie is overall stupid and yet it is more fun than most of the crap I have seen from Asylum. The movie plays like one of the 80’s movies I talked about recently where the filmmakers really tried to make what they thought was a good movie. Instead it turned out terribly. But I still enjoyed it.

There are moments in it when you think the movie couldn’t get any worse. Then they take people to the “showers” and then they top it off with a robot Hitler with a Futurama style head on top. It was like the Robo-Nixon on Futurama. But that still doesn’t top it. Shortly after the Nazis leave by way of UFO with Nazi symbols all over the outside.

This movie is amazingly bad. But it is bad in the way that The Room or Night Of The Comet is bad. They don’t seem to be in on the joke. There is never a subtle wink to the audience to let them know they know what a turd they brought into the world. I really kind of enjoyed the hour and a half I spent watching this movie.

I know there are probably a lot of you out there who may disagree with me on this but it’s just one man’s opinion. Watch it for yourself and decide. 3 out of 5 stars. Hear more about it when we review it on The Gorram Nerd Hour in a couple weeks.

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The Gorram Nerd Hour Weekly Poll


Recently Brian and I decided that we would leave it up to the listeners of The Gorram Nerd Hour to decide what we review during our “B Movie Review” segment on our show. We have been posting the polls one week before we record on our Facebook page. This week we chose five movies. Each of them bad in their own way. I’m going tom list them off to you with a little blurb about each film. If you would be so inclined please stop by the page and vote. 

1) Nazis At The Center Of The Earth – starring Jake Busey and Dominique Swain. The story is about a group of scientists who go below the surface of the Earth and discover the Nazis are there and still conducting experiments on people. It looks terrible.

2) Troll 2 – starring a bunch of nobody actors who never really worked again. It’s not really even a sequel to Troll. It’s about goblins turning people into plants so they can eat them…or something equally ridiculous. I’ve seen it and I still don’t know.

3) The Stuff – starring Michael Moriarty and Garrett Morris. Directed by Larry Cohen. This movie is like Soylent Green meets The Blob. People are eating this new yogurt type substance called The Stuff. Eventually it begins to control you and then you explode.I have also seen this movie. I grew up watching it a lot. I actually really like it but I know it’s bad.

4) Easter Bunny Kill, Kill! – I don’t know who stars in it. It looks terrible. I only put it on the list because of the title. And since I start shooting our short film Lepus in a few days I figured it would be fitting.

5) The Dentist – Starring Corbin Bernsen. Directed by Brian Yuzna. A dentist goes crazy when he discovers his wife has been sleeping with the pool boy and goes on a killing spree. Again, I’ve seen this one too. It’s wonderfully bad. 

 

I’m gonna list of a few of the movies that didn’t make the list –

Big Bad Mama, Monkey Shines, Monster Dog, Faust: Love Of The Damned and Children Of The Corn: Genesis.

The Gorram Nerd Hour Video Podcast


The Gorram Nerd Hour Video Podcast

This is a link to the video podcast for The Gorram Nerd Hour with our very special guest, Mr. Bill Oberst Jr. who joined us for the first half of the show. We reviewed Abraham Lincoln Vs. Zombies with him there. It was a lot of fun. But don’t take my word for it. Just watch it. 

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My Thoughts On Rapture Horror Expo


This weekend was a long one. But it was great. The Expo hit a few snags along the way. KB, the director of the Expo, put the whole thing together in record time. Normally when putting together a convention of any sort you want to have roughly nine months. This affords you time to get all your ducks in a row. You can schedule guests, make sure the panels are secured, and you have to get the word out. From what I understand they put this all together in under four months. That is amazing.

Sadly, this means there are going to be parts that are going to be a little disorganized. Even working at Phoenix Comicon where people never stop organizing and prepping all year long there seems to be snags and disorganization every year. It’s unavoidable. The important thing is to keep your head up and power through to make the experience as enjoyable as possible for your guests. And Rapture accomplished that.

There was another uphill battle they had to fight. I will not name names but I will say that there were people out there spreading fear about coming to the Expo, claiming it may be cancelled. It was all over Facebook. Some folks that I talked to said that they were going to buy the full event pass for $35 and didn’t because of what they read. This cut the profits of the Expo down considerably. It’s a shame this talk got started because the people who came to the Expo really seemed to enjoy it.

There were events at the convention center that ran through the evening including the screening of The Black Dahlia Haunting. There was also a lot to do at Monsterland in downtown Mesa. I was lucky enough to see the band First Jason perform a few tracks before having to leave on Friday. I was too tired, unfortunately, to see the burlesque show performed last night.

As far as guests I have to say that the highlights for me were Bill Oberst Jr., Jake Busey, Jessica Cameron and Devanny Pinn. They were all so nice. I was able to talk for a few minutes to Betsy Rue, star of My Bloody Valentine. You will want to see that interview. I was not about to ask any of these women about their nude scenes but she brought it up and talked in detail about her scenes in My Bloody Valentine. She was really open and fun about it. Brooke Lewis was a great deal of fun to talk to. Her work as an actress is fascinating but she doesn’t want to limit herself. She has also become a motivational speaker and a life coach. She talked to me about that for a while. Everyone was so nice and willing to talk. There was a wonderfully open atmosphere on the floor that was given off by all of the guests.

I want to make sure I give a quick thank you to everyone that helped put this together – KB, you were awesome. Thank you for the opportunity. Kara, without you we would have been lost. Thank you. Chadington, what you did for Rob Edwards was amazing. You rock. Thank you. Bill Oberst Jr., you gave us our best show yet. We love you and will watch even the most terrible movies if you’re in them. Thank you. Jake Busey, you gave me a great 15 minutes and you were just plain cool. Thank you. Devanny Pinn, keep doing what you do. Making movies on the cheap and making them look pretty is a hard thing to do but you’re doing it. And I love your enthusiasm. Thank you. Jessica Cameron, you gave us not one but two interviews now. You are so sweet and we really want to see Shadow. We love your work. Keep it coming. Thank you. Ari Lehman, from acting to music to your love of the craft you’re just an all around cool guy. And thanks for the bumper. Brooke Lewis, even if you never act again what you’re doing is amazing. We love you for it. Thank you. Tommy Piech, watching you work crafting a zombie was amazing. You have something for sure. I can’t wait to see where you go from here. Thank you. I know I have probably left people out and I’m sorry. My brain is fried right now from the weekend. But I have to thank a couple more people. Tony and David, if it hadn’t been for you this would not have gone as smoothly. Plus we got free sandwiches at Denny’s. Thank you both. This leaves Brian. I’m not gonna sing Wind Beneath My Wings but we make a damn good team. I had a lot of fun this weekend. I don’t know that I would have wanted to do this if it hadn’t been for you.

The Gorram Nerd Hour Episode 3


We just finished recording our latest episode of The Gorram Nerd Hour. It was an episode of firsts. Brian and I both agreed on something. That was a first for the show. We also conducted a couple of phone interviews. As I mentioned previously The Rapture Horror Expo is coming up October 5-7th. We had the man behind the con, KB, talk to us via phone to tell us what we can expect from the first horror con of it’s kind at the Mesa Convention Center. Then we got on the phone with Dave Reda and the lovely Jessica Cameron and talked about their upcoming movie “Shadow”. It sounds like an awesome concept. I can’t wait to see it. They were both driving to a convention in Sacramento and we lost signal a couple times but we got through it. Jessica was telling us about a movie she will be promoting here called “The Black Dahlia Haunting” and Dave told us about his time as an extra on “So I Married An Axe Murderer”. They were very nice folks.

During the time we spoke with KB he told us that there will be a bunch of special guests coming. He mentioned Jake Busey and Tony Todd, which we already knew about. We found out that “My Bloody Valentine” star Betsy Rue will be there, the man who played Kincaid in “A Nightmare On Elm Street 3 and 4”, the star of “Abraham Lincoln Vs. Zombies”, director and comic book legend Brian Pulido, and a lot more. Visit their website for full details http://rapturehorrorexpo.com

Brian also ranted a bit about Superman Issue 0 that just came out and how they’re changing everything. We talked about the cinematic stink bomb that was C.H.U.D. and even managed to squeeze in time to talk about some potentially big news about the upcoming X-Men movie sequel/prequel. And we had a chance to plug our friend Ricardo Vasquez’s movie “The Fallen One” which shares a couple cast members with our upcoming short film “Lepus”. It was a good episode. You can find it Monday at http://gorramnerdhour.blogspot.com and http://facebook.com/TheGorramNerdHour.

Rapture Horror Expo


Well, we are only two episodes in to The Gorram Nerd Hour but things are heating up fast. If you haven’t listened please go to http://gorramnerdhour.blogspot.com and give it a try.

I just got off the phone with the man behind the first ever Rapture Horror Expo happening in Mesa, AZ in just a couple weeks. He was able to pull in some pretty heavy hitters in the horror genre like Jake Busey and Tony Todd. There are also going to be screenings of The Frighteners and Abraham Lincoln Vs. Zombies with the man who played Honest Abe in the film.

We talked about the chance to do a podcast from the Expo and he agreed. He wants local support as much as possible. This is great news for everyone. It gives us a chance to really get our names out there for The Gorram Nerd Hour and Robot Vampire Productions. It gives us a chance to support indie horror cinema, something I have always tried to support and encourage people to watch.

For more details on The Rapture Horror Expo, guests, dates, events, and ticket prices go to http://www.rapturehorrorexpo.com. And don’t forget to “like” our Facebook pages http://facebook.com/RobotVampireProductions and http://facebook.com/TheCristosSaga.

Starship Troopers Reviewed – Would You Like To Know More?


Given that just last night I watched Total Recall I decided to revisit another classic Paul Verhoven movie. Troopers was based on a novel by Robert Heinlan with a screenplay by Robocop writer Ed Numeier (sic). It starred Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, Neil Patrick Harris, and Denise Richards. There was also a great supporting cast in the film including Michael Ironside, Clancy Brown and Jake Busey.

Paul Verhoven was quoted as saying he could never get through reading the book this film was based on, claiming it was boring and a little depressing. That could be why the movie takes a more humorous approach at the material. More than any of his previous science fiction films this one really takes a no holds barred satirical approach to its subject matter.

The movie plays on Nazi themes as well as exploring the nature of war and whether there is really any one person or thing to blame. If you look closely into the film you begin to see that it was us who first invaded the bug’s home planet. They struck back. Then there is the idea of not being a full fledged citizen unless you enlist in military service like many communist countries.

The movie, on its surface, is a fun man vs. giant bug story with lots of blood and over the top violence. It can be enjoyed on multiple levels. Hell, even if you just want to see Dina Meyer naked you can watch the movie and not be disappointed.

Over the years there have been a couple straight to video sequels to this movie and an animated series. None worked as well as this one. The second movie was more like watching Mimic than a Starship Troopers film. The third brought Van Dien back as Johnny Rico and was again written by Ed Numeier. He also directed. The tone was closer in this film but still failed to capture the magic the way Verhoven had brought his previous scripts to life.

Overall the original Starship Troopers was a big, fun, violent social commentary the likes of which we may never see again. I’m sure we certainly won’t see it in the remake which the producer says will have more CGI and less violence.

4 out of 5 stars.