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.


Skewed Perspective 2 – Paul Verhoven Movies

Who doesn’t love an ultra-violent Paul Verhoven science fiction action movie? In the span of ten years he gave us Robocop, Total Recall, and Starship Troopers. These are some of my personal favorites. Verhoven has a knack for giving us campy movies with biting social commentary. I do love these movies for that but there is something I always wondered about – is there a slight anti-ethnic message in his movies?

Total Recall was a mostly white cast with a black man as a mutant and a villain. But that’s not the worst of it. Where were all the black people living in Detroit in Robocop? Everyone knows that Detroit is primarily an ethic city. So why are there only two black men in the movie? One is a cop and one is a bad guy.

I tried to make the argument to myself that this was part of the social commentary aspect of the movie, that he was trying to say that it has nothing to do with the color of a person’s skin but poverty level when it comes to crime. And I could justify that to myself if it wasn’t for Starship Troopers.

In Starship Troopers all these white kids have Spanish names and live in Buenos Aires. Both this film and Robocop take place in the future. It almost seems that Verhoven is trying to say there has been an ethnic cleansing of sorts and white people have repopulated the globe, all but wiping out all other races.

Again, an argument can be made in the case if Starship Troopers that, given the Nazi like nature of the government, ethnic cleansing did in fact take place and it had been that way long enough for society to have forgotten about it, swept it under the rug, white washed it (I had to go there).

I wanted to know, is Paul Verhoven slightly racist? I started to look at some of his other films. Basic Instinct, Showgirls, Hollow Man. Sure there are people of other ethnic backgrounds. In the case of Showgirls the one black girl in the movie is the only one not to get naked. But was that out of respect or did he just not want to see her naked?

I know that Verhoven is anti-Nazi, anti-government, and anti-religion but I still have my questions about whether he’s anti-ethnic. Maybe we will never know.