Nazi Zombies, Auschwitz And Uwe Boll

Uwe Boll, the German filmmaker best known for his film versions of video games, is helming two movies about World War II. Both films were shot back to back. One is based on a video game and features zombie Nazis. The other?

The other is based on history and features things far worse.

The first flick, BloodRayne: The Third Reich, sounds like typical Boll fare - a low-budget cinematic adaptation of a video game. Boll has said from the beginning that he is planning to do the BloodRayne movies, based on the video games, as a trilogy and that the third one will end in WWII.

Previously, Boll has helmed movie versions of Alone in the Dark, Far Cry and Postal.

His second film is titled Auschwitz and is set against the horrors of the Auschwitz concentration camp. The recently released trailer shows Uwe Boll dressed as a Nazi as he leans against a gas chamber. Inside, men and women, young and old, perish.

The trailer is explicit and disturbing. It shows horrors like teeth being pulled from a dead body and a little boy being incinerated. In short, it festers in the nightmare that was the Holocaust. Note: The trailer is NSFW.

"I made the movie because there is not one movie made what shows the Holocaust really was - a killing factory," Boll says. "All the movies made showed us the special people... the heroes. But nobody has focused on the subject matter."

The subject matter is most unpleasant. There have been numerous documentaries dealing with the Holocaust, but it seems Boll is referring to movies like Schindler's List. When Schindler's List was released in the early 1990s, there were critics, including Holocaust survivors, who derided Spielberg's heroic portrayal of Oskar Schinder and SS officer Amon Goth. According to Stanley Kubrick, "Schindler's List was about 200 Jews who lived. The Holocaust is about 6 million Jews who died." Jean-Luc Godard said the movie was "Max Factor".

Criticism aside, Schindler's List was a critical and commercial success. Make no doubt this is a landmark film. But we're not simply talking about film here, it's the Holocaust. And Uwe Boll - who doesn't quite have the technical wizardry, the sure hand or the heart of Steven Spielberg - is making a movie about the Holocaust. There have been better directors who have approached the subject material, and yes, there have even been far worse.

In an age in which some people continue to deny the Holocaust, he says, "I do not think that it is so bad to show that Auschwitz happened." Considering that the Jewish New Year has begun, the timing for reaching such an arresting trailer could have been better.

Uwe Boll is if anything a brilliant provocateur. He's made a name for himself. He gets his films made. Boll knows which buttons to push, and he pushes them well. In recent years, however, his film have become increasingly political. He's taken on topics like 9/11 in Postal. That was dark comedy, though. Recent films like Darfur have shown that he has moved beyond parody. But have his films?

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Comments

    Bolls not a bad guy. Interviewed him a few years back fir an old podcast I used to do. Maybe a little misled to the quality of his own films but what director isn't?

    To those decrying this trailer? If this footage had the name Scorsese or spielburg attached to it you wouldn't be screaming bloody murder, you'd be singing praise, saying how daring it was and estimating chances of oscars etc.

    Bolls movie 'rampage' actually was quite decent, a non game movie, about a guy who flips out and goes on a shooting spree. Check it out, it's no Oscar winner but it's pretty decent. When it comes to video game movies he's the worst of the worst, normal movies he's about average.

      I'm sorry but I think your gravely underestimating what kind of film Spielberg or Scorsese choose to 'attach' themselves to. This trailer is most definately not one of those...

    I think it's time for another "Uwe Boll- a guide to pronouncing his name"

      Pronounce it with me, got it from the man himself:

      "Oova" "Bowl" that's how his names pronounced, not yoo-way or oo-way like most people say it, it's "Oova".

    ugh the holocaust is not a movie i would go to see.

    There is a reason Uwe Boll that people don't want to relive the subject matter, because it's a nightmare from humanity's past that people don't want to re-live, i think (could be wrong).

    This just might be the movie to sink this joke of a film-maker once and for all!

    I usually give Boll crap, BUT:

    Get/go see RAMPAGE. The simplest way to describe it is playing GTA and going out, creating chaos, then trying to lose all your cop stars.

    It's insane, yet well done.

    He MIGHT have a chance in hell of making ANOTHER good movie.

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