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Legion of the Dead
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by Scott Weinberg

"A big sloppy more ways than one."
2 stars

Hardcore gorehounds were first introduced to filmmaker Olaf Ittenbach via his 1997 grue-fest "Premutos: Lord of the Living Dead". That one was a very low-budget (yet rather creative) zombie tale clearly created by a filmmaker with a penchant for wet and omnipresent viscera. A fun sloppy mess, in other words.

Legion of the Dead, Ittenbach's first attempt at American success, is just a sloppy mess. Best described as Armageddon Horror with healthy doses of Tarantino-esque banter, Legion of the Dead offers a handful of enjoyably goopy scenes yet it’s clear the end product has spent a bit too much time under the editor’s knife. Most likely in an effort to achieve an R rating, Ittenbach must have chopped out copious amounts of free-flowing gore – and for horror fans this lack is a make-or-break situation. (Indeed it’s been reported that Ittenbach loathes this cut and took (failed) measures to get his name removed from the DVD version.)

The arcane plot focuses tenuously focuses on two drifters who come across a town strewn with murders. It becomes readily apparent that much more than the gore was truncated; this flick makes no sense! Aside from the two leads killing people, we’re also offered a bunch of illogical people and settings – none of which go a long way toward delivering anything cohesive or sensible. Just as soon as you think the narrative’s about to start making sense, it does a 180 and you’re once again left scratching your head and more than a little annoyed.

Again, I blame the atrocious editing for the lion’s share of this film’s problems, though I doubt that even a full-blown Director’s Cut would add anything of quality. Aside from the creative gore scenes, that is.

Recommended solely to those who aspire for a career in blood-packets and explosions of green bile, "Legion of the Dead" is just a mess – in every sense of the word.

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10/05/06 DAVID COPPIN some good gore ,daft ending. 3 stars
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