SURF NAZIS MUST DIE

SFX - - Reviews - Ian Ber­ri­man

re­leased OUT NOW! 1987 | 18 | blu-ray Di­rec­tor peter Ge­orge Cast barry bren­ner, Gail Neely, dawn Wild­smith, michael sonye

A ge­nius ti­tle and a lurid poster (ma­chine­gun-blaz­ing Nazi, board skew­ered by a chain­saw; scream­ing bikini babe) have en­sured this is one of the best-re­mem­bered films from low-rent trash hawk­ers Troma.

The high con­cept – in­spired by the di­rec­tor’s en­counter with some overly ter­ri­to­rial surfer dudes – has prom­ise. Af­ter a Cal­i­for­nia-wreck­ing quake, the beaches have been taken over by vi­cious gangs, chief among them a bunch with names like Adolf, Eva and Men­gele; no mean feat, con­sid­er­ing there’s only six of them. Af­ter the Surf Nazis kill an African-Amer­i­can who stands up to them, his el­derly mother vows re­venge.

Gail Neely is a hoot as the hog-rid­ing, wise-crack­ing Mama Wash­ing­ton, and the slow-mo surf­ing se­quences – shot in Hawaii by the cam­era­man on clas­sic surfer movie Big Wed­nes­day – im­press. But shoddy pro­duc­tion val­ues (they can’t even knock up a half-de­cent swastika arm­band) and a plot that’s spread far too thinly re­sult in a wipe­out.

Ex­tras As on the 2012 DVD, there’s a rather bland in­ter­view with ac­tor Tom Shell and seven min­utes of deleted scenes with di­rec­tor’s com­men­tary (oddly, given that the sound’s been lost, this doesn’t ex­plain them). Plus: two snatches of vin­tage pro­ducer/di­rec­tor in­ter­view; in­tro; trailer; book­let.

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