For the entire month of April, Cinefessions will once again be locked inside The Asylum, reviewing tons of releases by the famed studio. Every weekday throughout April you will get another Asylum review. April’s podcast will also be devoted to films from The Asylum.


Nazis at the Center of the EarthTitle: Nazis at the Center of the Earth (2012)
Inspired By: Iron Sky (2012)
Director: Joseph J. Lawson
Runtime: 89 minutes

I loved Iron Sky, but I’ll be honest, I have forgotten most of it. Nazis at the Center of the Earth, though, is just ape-shit crazy. It’s equal parts Iron Sky and Frankenstein’s Army mixed in The Asylum blender of utter joy.

A group of researchers in Antarctica are abducted by a platoon of masked soldiers and dragged into a hidden continent in the center of the Earth. There, they discover that surviving Nazi soldiers are plotting an invasion of Earth to revive the Third Reich. This seems to be a weird “new” trend, between the South Park video game, and the Dead Snow series, but, hey, Zombie Nazis never get old.

Jake Busey is the highlight of the film. He’s so bad he’s good, and delivers on the Busey name. I couldn’t tell you who else was in the film as they didn’t leave a lasting impression other than some boob shots, which is always a plus.

To make things even more interesting is the fact that the gore effects are really good and I couldn’t wait to see what we would get next. The weird zombie face stealing stuff looks ridiculous, but I can look past it. Sadly, the CGI is, as is The Asylum standard, pretty abysmal. But, again, it’s something I could look past. Oh, and can I just say, Robo Hitler?! Hell yes! That was a crazy moment that did indeed happen.

Nazis at the Center of the Earth has absolutely no reason to be as enjoyable as it is, but, dammit, I liked it a lot. While a completely different film than the last Asylum film I watched, I enjoyed it as much, if not more. The flaws are obvious, though, which is why it scores a little lower. Oh, and a chick pukes up an actual egg, and she gets a bonus half star for that nastiness.

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Chris Ranson
Film Critic at Cinefessions
Chris was raised on horror films, which gave him a deep love for the genre, especially its most quirky and offbeat titles (like A Nightmare on Elm Street 2). This love quickly turned into an obsession for cinema in 1997, when he decided he needed to see every major theatrical release. Video games (JRPGs), reading (anything but fantasy), and reality television (Survivor) are just some of his other passions. He's been with Cinefessions since 2013, and has been writing reviews all over the internet for the past twelve years.