Every movie that has an exploitation vibe or a grindhouse throwback feeling, it’s a film I’d gladly watch.
Naturally, after seeing the trailer of Dead Squad: Temple of the Undead (such a quirky, campy title, by the way) I couldn’t wait to watch the film. Dead Squad opens with a super cheesy black and white scene, where a former Nazi scientist is experimenting a drug on a non-consensual dude. Things get out of hand, in the goriest, most absurd way possible.
Cut to the present day, where a group of young people goes on holiday to an exotic location and end up lost in the jungle during a river rafting trip. The three boys and three girls then stumble upon an abandoned temple that might just as well be the place that hosted those crazy experiments. Needless to say, this set-up leads to some crazy gore and action.
Described by DarkCoast (the production company behind the movie) as a campy, splatter-filled, horror adventure, Dead Squad is much more. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to sell this movie as the next big thing in horror. What I’m trying to say is that the overall picture is always enjoyable: we have a bunch of stock characters who’re basically in there just to be killed off; there are Nazi soldiers and monsters trying to kill them in gory ways; in one scene, a male zombie tries to rape a female zombie, who’s saved by a monster.
Add to all of that a very colourful and good-looking cinematography, loads of sequences filled to the brim with gratuitous nudity and some cool set design, and you and up with a very enjoyable, yet flawed cinematic experience for fans of nonsensical gore and throwback exploitation flick a la The Werewolf and The Yeti and La Horripilante Bestia Humana.
Dead Squad: Temple of the Undead 7/10