BUNKER OF THE DEAD
Behind the pseudonym Matthew O. Oaks is German director Matthias Olof Eich. Eich previously owned a scenery company in Germany and worked on three promotional tours for the Star Wars prequels. He made his directorial debut with the slasher film Break (2009). Eich conceived and shot Bunker of the Dead based around the Bavarian town of Oberammergau. During World War II, the Messerschmitt plant built the first jet-engine fighter there and constructed a labyrinth of tunnels that extend for miles into the towns hillside. Following the War, the area was appropriated by the US military as a training base.
Bunker of the Dead is the first Nazi zombie film to be presented as Found Footage. Even more uniquely, it is the first Found Footage film to be presented in 3D. The entire film has been shot from a GoPro camera mounted on the helmet of Patrick Jahns as he ventures into the underground bunker. This of course allows Matthias Olof Eich to essentially make a First Person Shooter film where we see Jahns despatching zombie with assorted weapons and in bloody hand-to-hand combat.
The downside of Bunker of the Dead is that it feels more like a videogame on your dvd screen than it does a film. It never consists of anything more than us watching the camera-eye viewpoint of Patrick Jahns as he runs about the bunker shooting and battering zombies while his off-screen voice yells with glee at each kill. There is no plot development beyond a string of kills one after the other the most development we get is when Jahns meets a group of American soldiers halfway through and their weaponry escalates the conflict onto a much bigger stage, before all but a female soldier (Esther Maaß) are wiped out and she and Jahns continue on together. The most amusing the film gets is with the introduction of a zombie Adolf Hitler and he and Patrick Jahns facing off against one another in hand-to-hand combat.
Matthias Olaf Eich is next set to make Darwins Law (2018) about a deadly online game.