Worth Watching - March 22: Nazi Zombies - Stone's War Trailer
We've had Dawn of the Dead, Diary of the Dead, even Dance of the Dead, but now it's time for War of the Dead. The film, which has been renamed to Stone's War, features just that - Nazi zombies fighting in World War II. Set in Finland in 1940, the story follows Captain Stone and his platoon as they encounter the deadliest (pun intended) WWII enemies ever to go undiscovered. You can check out the very rough dialogue-less trailer below. I hope you enjoy - it actually looks pretty damn good, lots of great fighting - at least that's my initial impression…
Watch the trailer for Stone's War:
In the frozen arctic forests, Captain Martin Stone is leading a finely-trained, elite platoon of American and Finnish soldiers as they attack an enemy bunker. Underestimating the enemy's strength, they are quickly beaten back into the forest. As they try to regroup, they are suddenly attacked by the same soldiers they had just killed a few minutes earlier. Forced to flee deeper into Russian territory, they discover one of the most terrifying secrets of World War II and realize they have woken a far more deadly enemy. Death is no longer the final frontier.
Stone's War is both written and directed by Finnish filmmaker Marko Mäkilaakso, who is directing his first feature film after helming a number of Finnish TV shows. The film doesn't have a release date set but is being distributed by Little Film Company in the US in 2008. Apparently Stone's War might debut at Cannes, but no further release information is currently known.
Reader Feedback - 35 Comments
The Requiem for a Dream Song always works, doesn't it?
Alex B on Mar 22, 2008
How I hate zombie flicks. All they ever do is change the location or time, they're still -when it boils down to it- films based on the world's biggest ever film cliche and remain the most unenjoyable and pitiful film genre in existence.
Anon on Mar 22, 2008
Indubitably Anon. Oh how I also hate these insipid zombie flicks. Now where my monocle and tophat?
Stabmaster Arson on Mar 22, 2008
Looks quite action packed. I think 'Worst Case Scenario' looks even better (as far as Nazi themed Zombie movies go) = http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=6cQ-kM3TBKc The zombies are actual creations with bits of machinery and guns attached to them, and they just get parachuted in to start an invasion...looks like something from a Castle Wolfenstein game! If it ever gets financed & finished...
chris on Mar 22, 2008
Chris, WCS is still alive. Check out their recent blog post: http://www.gorehoundinc.com/news.html
Stabmaster Arson on Mar 22, 2008
This looks like crap. Every frame of this thing, including the cliched music, feels like a YouTube video.
John on Mar 22, 2008
Yes a WWII AZombie Film. Being Jewish I have been managed to be repulsed AND disgusted at the same time!
Ryan on Mar 22, 2008
When the guy jumps on the car you can see the cable!
Walter on Mar 22, 2008
How would you even know this was a zombie film. Looks like Defiance except for like 3 very short shots of that one zombie. Ugh.
Heckle on Mar 22, 2008
Ryan As a jew myself, I found there to be nothing repulsive or disgusting about the trailer. Did Indiana Jones disgust you too?
nick on Mar 22, 2008
Awful movies! Cliche! zombies! Nazis! Americans blowing up Nazis.......and zombies...... part of a balanced diet! Bring it! Don't be such movie snobs, its unbecoming.
Igor on Mar 22, 2008
Not Good... Looks pretty crappy and what's up with using the Requiem for a Dream music in every trailer. The song just doesn't fit the pictures. Looks bad. Zombie can be fun, but this is not my kind of zombie movie...
Enola on Mar 22, 2008
isn't it about time that music was banned or something.
nemof on Mar 22, 2008
I love zombie movies but this trailer doesn't do anything to jog my interest. I wouldn't have even known it was a zombie movie if it wasn't mentioned in the post, i spotted one zombie. Give the 'Requiem' song a rest already! surely there are other options.
Bob on Mar 22, 2008
could turn out to be good...but I would soooo love to see somebody do a jam up version of Wolfenstein...everything is there...the real historical facts about the war itselsf, the nazi obsession ( in some circles ) with the occult, and a really thrilling journey from beginning to end....would make for better entertainment than some of the game/comic book movies so far...just wishful thinking I suppose....
cornholio_by_the_sea on Mar 22, 2008
Arg, I would be happy if I never heard any variation of Summer Overture. Ever. Again. It's not that it's a bad piece, I used to love it, just folks seem to like it SO MUCH they tack it onto everything mildly dramatic. Is it creative commons or something? It kind of killed the trailer for me, that and the special effects look a bit half-assed (but at that point I was just picking it apart, bad special effects have never exactly been a dealbreaker before).
Sparrow on Mar 22, 2008
Lol. Wow! Absolutely TERRIBLE! A minute & a half of nothing and then you see a zombie and a guy jumping with a CABLE on his back! Horrible. Count me out!
Tirrell on Mar 22, 2008
Wow... I want 2 minutes of my life back.
Chris on Mar 23, 2008
beside the lack of zombie screen time it doesnt look that bad to me. maybe it is just the dramatic music, poor dialouge would be a sign of a bad film. no dialouge in the trailer, no problem. the part with the shovel was awesome though, bam! and he flys to the ground. cool. id watch it. reminds me of dog soliders with zombies. (as already mention above)
sarah on Mar 23, 2008
Timeline is off. US was not involved in WWII until late '41 early '42 so they could not be fighting Nazi's in Finland in '40.
Paul on Mar 24, 2008
Please!!!!! It dont look that bad. But it does look better than alot of stupid remakes like SHutter and all these stupid Hollywood movies are putting out. It could be decent!!!!
REAL6 on Mar 24, 2008
Okay, here's my two cents (Or pennies for where I'm from). This film COULD be good. The trailer wasn't impressing me too much though. I kind of like the idea they're going for, even if it has been done or seems a little cheesy. There are numerous stories of how Hitler became obsessed with the occult, and if this film could touch on that in a decent way, it might make for some thrilling viewing. Obviously this trailer seems unpolished right now what with that whopping great big cable attatched to that guys back and the actual LACK of lots of zombies...well being zombies I guess, oh and the really bad music. Saying that though, an army of battered, bloodied and muddied soldiers against a hoard of ravenous undead in the trenches could make for some enjoyable viewing. You have to take into account that with the era this film is set in, you can't expect the good guys to hold up too well against zombies due to limited weaponry other than Tommy guns, a few stick grenades and a crap-load of bayonettes. No chainsaws, no mini-guns, just war-hardened grit with the occasional cup o' tea. One more point I'd like to make too. The zombies (what you see of them) do NOT look like your typical shambling types. These are fast-running, high-jumping monsters out for flesh. '28 Days Later' 1940 anyone?? I'm looking forward to seeing how this one develops.
Adam on Mar 24, 2008
Looks like it could be a lot of fun. 🙂
Joel on Mar 24, 2008
The Requiem music IS rad, in my humble opinion. I would just rather everyone let it rest. The movie could be interesting. Yes, zombie flicks are 'cliche' and 'all the same' but they are quite entertaining and you don't always know what's going to happen. this may be cheesy, but count me in. i'm curious.
Pappy Sugarbottoms on Mar 24, 2008
Chem1st on Mar 26, 2008
WAY TOO MANY crappy Zombie movies out as of late. This won't hold water much less my attention.
S.Camel on Mar 27, 2008
The Finns were on Adolph's side in WW2. Well, it might be more accurate to say they were on the side opposite the Russians, but there you go.
DaveP. on Apr 4, 2008
Song---- Good!!! Trailer--- Bad!!!!
Anonymous on Apr 15, 2008
"Timeline is off. US was not involved in WWII until late '41 early '42 so they could not be fighting Nazi's in Finland in '40." It could probably also be added that the US didn't use the steel pot till 1941 (before they used the 1918 British style helmet), that the Finns were Axis, that the Finns (aside from a few foreign volunteers and Axis forces) fought alone etc. etc. but to be honest counting the historical inaccuracies would take too long. More importantly it doesn't look like much fun with the action over character ratio far too high (the best action movies have good or enjoyable characters, this had, well, nothing.) (Incidentally, no Nazi's, the Finns fought the Soviets. The German style helmets are German helmets from WW1 which the Finns wore.) It's a bit sad that this is the only Finnish film to get noticed.
Guy on Apr 20, 2008
funnyy to hear u guys diss the film as r´this is just a rough cut trailer. since there are so many "professionals " here, i'd imagine these people to have read a bit more o´so that they would understand that the director never wanted to make a documentary. he does films cause he loves it. instead of sitting at home, prove ur professionality by getting some work from the industry. obviously some of u got no idea what's going on...
skeet on Apr 22, 2008
Bullshit. We're judging the trailer. If we think the trailers crap we say so. You don't have to be involved in filmaking to have an opinion. 'Cos sure as hell all those voters making their opinions known with their votes can't all have worked in politics... Maybe (if they do one) the next trailer will rock. Maybe the film will rock. But this trailer blows.
Guy on Apr 26, 2008
The rope on the guys back is part of the plot by the looks of it. (You lot come across as a bunch of retards for not picking that up.) The plot on the other hand looks badly realised. I dont understand why Americans have to rewrite history in every war film to make it look like they didn't turn up late to the fight and didnt win every battle. The director would be much better off making the heros russians. (though I guess that would confuse most americans as to who they should be cheering.) As for the rancid comments on the zombie genre, get over yourselves lads. It's a plot device. If you cannot see the underlying messages presented in most zombie films I suggest either watch them again with your brain turned on or go back to something you can digest easily like barny the dinosaur. Also keep in mind NAZI zombie movies fall into their own sub genre. While this movie will not be the jewel in that particular crown it will not be the worst addition by far.
Scurv on Jul 26, 2008
I've seen a few Nazi/zombie sub-sub genre films. This one can be any worse than, say, "Oasis of the Zombies".
Zach Rocker on Mar 3, 2009
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