In a remote desert oasis, a large quantity of gold has been stashed by the Nazis during Wolrd War 2. Fifty years have passed since then but there is still talk of the vast treasure hidden underneath the sand. The mere idea of this fortune grabs the attention of treasure seekers all over the world but on their arrival they discover that the fortune is being guarded by an army of Nazi Zombies. Jesus Franco's Oasis of the Zombies is a film which I found myself conflicted on while watching. The film is certainly a "bad" film by traditional standards, consisting of mostly awful performances, a lousy script, and one of the most poorly paced films I can recall. Even with all of these faults Franco is still able to show such command over both sound and visuals that the elevate the film an impressive amount. With a harrowing soundtrack and emotive cinematography, Franco is able to create an hypnotic atmosphere that makes the film worth seeing. Considering the overall low-budget quality of the film, Oasis relies on this atmosphere a lot to create the horror and fortunately it delivers more so than it doesn't. Oasis definitely has some inventive camera-work too, at one point mimicking the look of a First Person Shooter far before the phrase/look even existed. Franco's film brings a ton of mysticism to the Zombie genre and it seems to be both a blessing and a curse because while this helps the film create a hypnotic effect, the pacing suffers greatly because of it.
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