The Return of Naziploitation


Cesare Canevari did it.  It's 1977 and rightly or wrongly the sub-genre of Naziploitation is something of a booming business.  Films like Isla: Shewolf of the SS and The Black Gestapo are catering to audiences with cinema needs of an acquired taste.  American television channel Galaxy even had a pilot (failed but a pilot nontheless) called Heil Honey I'm Home! which had Adolf (played ironically by Neil McCaul) and Eva alive and well and living in an apartment block next to Jewish neighbours with all the comedy feuds that neighbours in tight quarters have.  

Canevari pushes the envelope and everyone goes silent before exiting the party one by one leaving the host to clean up after themselves.  The film in question is the tastefully titled The Gestapo's Last Orgy.

Almost 40 years later and film makers are treading the ground again and being better for it, but are we seriously falling in love again with Naziploitation?  The evidence speaks for itself.  The arrival of Outpost in which time traveling Nazi zombies lay siege to British forces in present day is an excellent concept for a film.  After all if there's one creature out there you can do absolutely anything to without the audience feeling sympathy it's a Nazi zombie.  Dead Snow did the same thing, though in a more traditional zombie theme...even the excellent gaming franchise Call of Duty has realised that the only thing more enjoyable than killing a Nazi zombie is killing thousands of the goose stepping corpses.
They Saved Hitler's Brain is more than a headline from Friday's Daily Star.  The vastly unknown 1968 title (which I have become familiar with quite recently) not only played at the 2007 Los Angeles Grindhouse Film Festival but is in the middle of what mainstream cinema execs would call a re-boot.  Plans are in place for a 2011 version of the much flawed Naziploitation and this time it's musical...think Frankenstein meets The Producers but the attempt to make it a complete failure and I think we're halfway there.

Clearly there's a market there...audience power has, for many years in Hollywood, dictated what's greenlit and what gets left on the pre-production list on IMDB...and audience power has spoken again.  The fan funded Nazi Supermen from Space (Iron Sky) is on its way, granted we've been teased with trailers for a couple of years now but based on the film's official Twitter and that of the director Timo Vuorensola the world is soon to be treated to the biggest, boldest, most entertaining declaration that Naziploitation is out and proud.
Are we ready to celebrate the Nazis?

What separates the modern wave of the Naziploitation from the work of Cesare Canevari is an issue of glorification.  The fact that in the recent "Nazi Zombie" sub-genre the Nazi's have been, by very definition, less than human allowing us to remove all traits from them and making it easier and even fun to either 1. Kill or 2. watch them be killed...but what about Iron Sky?  Granted the film is not called Nazi Supermen from Space but based on the plot, in which at the end of the second World War they flee to the moon only to return 70 years later having made great technological leaps (greater than those on Earth) these Nazi's may no longer be classed as "human" but might be superior.

Only time will tell whether Vuorensola pulls a Canevari and ruins the party for the rest of us.  For now all we can do is wait and watch the skies!



Since originally posting this blog three new films have been listed as in production.


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Panzer Chocolate featuring a plot to turn jews into chocolate for consumption.
The Return of the Moonwalker about Michael Jackson returning from the dead and featuring Hitler and "the gang" escaping from hell.
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A Bollywood Buddy movie about the exchange of letters and an unlikely friendship between Gandhi and Hitler.

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