by Randy Fox
There are so many reasons to love the 1977 Nazi zombie flick Shock Waves. First, there’s the simple fact that it is a Nazi zombie film and the first entry in that always appealing sub-sub-genre. It also features some of the sharpest-dressed zombies ever to appear on the silver screen. Not to mention a cast that includes horror film veterans Peter Cushing and John Carradine, along with Brooke Adams, just one year before her appearance in Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven and Philip Kaufman’s remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. (How’s that for a triple play on the ol' resume?)
Last, but certainly not least, the film plays out like one of the wacked-out pop-art gonzo-fests Jack Kirby was creating in the pages of Captain America during the same time period. Can’t you just see Peter Cushing as a dissolute, gone-to-seed Red Skull?
Check it out, this weekend, tonight and Saturday at 8 and 10 p.m.. at the Cult Fiction Underground in Logue’s Black Raven Emporium, 2915 Gallatin Pike.