Violent Shit 3 – Infantry of Doom (aka Zombie Doom)
I admit I’m biased. Andreas Schnaas is my favourite amateur/no budget director, and I praise nearly everything he releases. Always did, probably always will. He is what Peter Jackson could have been, hadn’t he sold out to Hollywood. I adore especially the Violent Shit trilogy, and the (original) European title gives it away: This is the third and last part of it.
Its the first that actually had some sort of budget beyond a few 1000 bucks and that you can see. Of course, its still a low budget splatter and barely has a story, but there’s the point. No money, no expert effects, no real story, but it has the essential thing that makes a bad movie a great one: Violent Shit has heart.
Karl The Butcher jr., originally based on a German serial killer’s son in Violent Shit 1 and 2, is now the barbarian chief of a brutal militia, inhabiting a lonely island. It should be mentioned that I’m personally a big fan of Andreas Schnaas as an actor, too. No big surprise I give thumbs up for him as Karl Jr. in a ridicolous (but well made) viking costume with a ridicolous (and less well made) metal mask. We see a lot ridicolous metal masks and costumes, and a real tremendous improvement of make up effects, especially the half skeleton-zombie face of Karl The Butcher sr. stands out.
Three random guys arrive on this island for a camping trip or something, and immediately get captured by Karl’s Infantry of Doom militia. This group trains for something, and prepares to wipe out rebels that are also somewhere on the island; the real point of their purpose and goal remains a secret. After one of the campers and a group of rebels/traitors get executed for offending the Meister (Karl jr. is called Meister instead of Master, to underline the slight nazi reference later), the 2 others are set free to be prey for a training hunt of the warriors. That’s not uncommon, obviously the militia is unlimited in members – Karl executes some of his men as an example every 10 minutes.
The great thing about this is – we see it. Unlike other movies, that leave out such scenes due to a lack of money/material for effects and make up excuses for the scenes not being there… Violent Shit 3 just makes up excuses to have more senseless gore scenes; and the special effects are creative and well done. I love how Schnaas’ movies never miss the humor, in this case a very visual “pain in the ass” scene involving a fishing hook and a spine bone.
We also meet Dr. Senius, a mad scientist working for Karl jr., who tries to create a Meisterrace of zombies to fight the rebel army, and intentionally resembles Adolf Hitler with the most ridicolous fake mustache you can imagine. Karl is a bit impatient about the army of darkness (quote!) being ready, so the ghoulish Dr. Senius instructs the Infantry warriors to not damage the heads of their prey. Obviously, some disobey and get executed; involving a daring mud wrestling scene with Andreas Schnaas in a viking custome. It certainly doesn’t look sexy in any way, what the term “mud wrestling” may suggest. But I admit, it looks very manly. And you have a hard time to not laugh if you know/understand the original language and can’t help usually finding Schnaas’ dialect much too cute for something like this. It adds an extra level of absurdity to the scene, and the english synchro certainly takes away a bit of the movie’s very own charme.
The two guys on the run meanwhile met an outcast of the militia who disobeyed the meister after seeing his wife sacrificed to a random god. Here comes a big bonus Schnaas always had – Leon is played by one of the badass triad/yakuza looking guys that appear in almost all Reel Gore Productions. They are friends of the team, and do a lot of the stunts (hence the high ratio of masked people in general). In other words, for amateur movies, the fight scenes stand out. These guys are real martial arts experts and not just dressed like they are. While their fights had totally no relation to anything in Violent Shit 2, they finally get well deserved bigger (unmasked) roles here.
Leon soon gets seperated from the 2 campers, but runs into 2 rebels (also played by badass triad guys). The campers die elsewhere (in explicit gore scenes), the 3 asians decide its time to kill Karl, his father and Dr. Senius before they can unleash their zombie army. Their fight scenes in the forest are incredibly entertaining, and spiced up with fun splatter elements in both armed and unarmed combat. After fighting off the first wave of zombies (wherever they came from; Dr. Senius’ experiments were far from finished), they run into the elite of the (viking-militia-metal mask-psycho) infantry – the Black Ninjas. Needless to say we get to enjoy more Hong Kong style fight scenes with explicit mutilation of several rubber bodies.
Disguised as the freshly defeated ninjas, the 3 sneak into the camp and hell breaks lose. I mean, for real. It doesn’t stop at the regular amateur weapons, its the entire arsenal of a war movie. Starting with self made wood spears and a butterfly knife early in the movie, we get it all here. Katana, machine gun, bow and arrow, axe, shotgun, revolver, viking sword, grenate thrower. Yep, that’s right. 3 ninjas blow up viking warriors in army clothes with grenades. Though Leon dies in something you may call “dramatic death scene” (compared to others, at least), the 2 others manage it to kill their targets and win the battle over the entire infantry of doom.
Famous last words: Movies like this are the reason I just love amateur splatter!