Shock Waves (1977) - Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

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Visitors to a remote island discover that a reclusive Nazi commandant has been breeding a group of Zombie soldiers.

IMDB: 5.6
Director: Ken Wiederhorn
Stars: Peter Cushing, John Carradine
Length: 85 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 20 out of 96 found boring (20.83%)

One-line Reviews (63)

A series of slow moving, disappointing sequences follows, as the annoying characters are shipwrecked and are picked of one by one by the death corps (who must have an amazing laundry person as their SS uniforms look in great nick after more than 30 years underwater!

Peter Cushing crops up as the German officer in charge of creating the 'Death Corps', but is given very little to do, and John Carradine plays the salty sea captain of the damaged boat, but even the presence of these two horror legends cannot save this one from being a total waste of time.

Luke Halpin of 'Flipper' fame is engaging as the studly hero.

Other than that it is a highly entertaining flick that is more like a 50's or 60's horror though a bit more graphic.

Great locales, mind blowing goggle wearing underwater Nazi zombies a superb performance from Herr Cushing--come on it's all the fixings for a classic horror stew.

It is so utterly boring I could feel my body shutting down while watching this film.

The concept of having a small group of Nazi-zombie left overs from WW II, inhabiting a small island, decades after the war has already ended, sounds like plenty of enough good material to create an entertaining horror-flick with.

It has the kind of weird but compelling lack of logic to be found in any nightmare.

(The discovery, just a few years ago, of a sunken pirate ship with intact bodies on board brought to mind the aquatic army of SHOCK WAVES; the pirate bodies were still intact, after more than three centuries, because the water in which they had been immersed was so cold that it had actually preserved their bodies!

I'm not saying 'Shock Waves' is anywhere near THAT good, but I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected from the cheesy packaging on the video box.

The early scenes on the boat, from the discussions below in the galley all the way to the big encounter with the ship that leaves them stranded, which is really creepy and thrilling and pulled off nicely.

The concept of underwater Nazi zombies is an intriguing one, and was subsequently used by Jean Rollin and Jess Franco in 'Zombie Lake' and 'Oasis Of The Zombies'.

Overall, a bit disappointing really, dull at times, no excitement, it stupidly reveals who's going to die and who's going to survive within the first 5 minutes, no blood, gore, violence or nudity and lets not forget this is meant to be a zombie horror film.

This is just one of those classic late night movies that you can relax and fall asleep in front of your TV watching.

Watch if you must but I wouldn't waste much time seeking it out.

The electronic score with its vibrant sounds, adds another element into the mix of the very absorbing mood of the atmosphere.

Shockwaves was pathetic and boring.

Then when the movie hits a slow spot Rose takes off the white shirt and goes for a swim.

A fascinating oddity that sticks in the mind .

Utterly boring .

There's also the tense walk-through of the island, as there's the discovery of the island to the way through the castle and much more, simply allowing for a good time to be had due to the way it's suspenseful turns around the island are handled.

Ensuing is a suspenseful struggle for survival.

The story itself does get a bit repetitive and some plot holes show up that are pretty transparent and might get on people's nerves.

The deaths here never really offer up much of any chance to do so in the first place, with off-screen deaths and being dragged underwater, so it really doesn't have any to offer that in the first place.

Slow ponderous Nazi zombie flick – quite atmospheric this film with some very effective electronic music.

The old hotel location is atmospheric and there are some eerie moments like the first appearance of the soldiers but overall it is ho-hum.

Some of the cast look as if they might doze off at any moment.

For an incredibly low-budget film this was definitely enjoyable and a bit inventive in the execution.

A vacationing boatload of tourists (insert your cliche here), captained by the hilariously cranky John Carradine, become stranded on a remote island, inhabited only by an aging SS Commander (Peter Cushing, whose extended cameo still makes mincemeat out of the rest of the cast) and his platoon of supernatural, underwater zombies.

It's a bit of a pointless movie to watch and above all things a real waste of a fine concept.

A fascinating oddity that sticks in the mind.

Noteworthy are the intriguing location settings that include an abandoned luxury hotel.

The movie which kicked off the largely useless and lamentable Nazi zombie horror sub-genre (other fright flicks in this otherwise hopelessly sorry sub-genre include the laughably lousy "Zombie Lake" and the unbearably boring "Oasis of the Zombies"), this refreshingly restrained and beautifully eerie creepshow boasts the great Peter Cushing cast against type as a wicked recluse Nazi scientist, a very appealing performance by the lovely Brooke Adams in one of her first film roles as the perky and plucky heroine (besides displaying a considerable amount of charm and flair, Ms. Adams moreover looks mighty sexy and delectable in a nicely revealing two piece orange bikini), former "Flipper" TV show kid star and Florida exploitation feature mainstay Luke Halpin as the courageous selfless hero, a delightfully cranky cameo by John Carradine as the irascible captain of a rusty rundown boat, a neatly droning and dissonant Moog synthesizer score by Richard Einhorn, spooky gloom-doom atmosphere aplenty, several truly jolting jump-out-at-you scares (the blinded woman's ultimate fate is especially unnerving), the genuinely scary and oddly poetic sight of jack-booted Aryan zombies slowly goose-stepping out of the water, and fine shriveled-up zom make-up f/x by "Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things" star/screenwriter Alan Ormsby.

The editing of the print I saw seemed disjointed and I suspect sequences are missing (what happened to the original boat for example?

One of the best parts is that the film manages to include a rather fun and exciting story that isn't all that dull or slow-going.

They're seven stranded castaways getting ready to meet creepy Commander Peter Cushing, if they get to the island… With lingering shots of fish looking bored at the camera, "Shock Waves" seems to waste a lot of time doing absolutely nothing.

the horror of boredom, a speciality of the 70s.

I saw "Zombie Lake" awhile back and while "Shock Waves," by conventional standards is clearly better than that, it was kind of dull.


It's fairly slow moving and predictable.

The plot idea of the living dead was a very intriguing one… Nazis have produced invincible soldiers for WW2 that can adapt to any habitat because they could live without food and oxygen, with the sole purpose to kill.

It has a nice atmosphere, especially when the SS zombies rise from the ocean and is generally well made but it has a couple of major flaws that I just cannot forgive, nothing happens for long stretches and becomes incredibly dull to watch.

He must have been so bored he couldn't even bother to stay in character.

Mostly boring underwater Nazi SS zombie film - yes, that's a real thing.


Thoroughly enjoyable.

There's a lot of good stuff to come from them, such as the hugely suspenseful chase through the mangroves or the escape through the river on the dinghy with the zombie squad hot on their trails both times accounting for rather fun moments and manage to work nicely.

The first third of the film is a little disjointed.

The plodding pacing and the uninspired deaths scenes really stick with me more than the tone or atmosphere.

it just got confusing, because it was dumb, it didnt make sense.

"Shock Waves" is something of a cult classic, but isn't without its flaws--there are occasional lulls in the action, resulting in a slow go at times.

Other big ones, including the sea-brawls and a fun, thrilling chase through the gardens are just as good and manages to keep the film moving along nicely and not really picking up any real dull spots.

Ken Wiederhorn, who went on to direct the dull EYES OF A STRANGER, hits celluloid paydirt with this thoughtful, creepy and lyrical horror flick.

I was yawning 15 to 20 minutes into the movie.

The acting is mostly bland apart from genre stalwarts John Carradine as the old salty captain and Peter Cushing as a German officer connected with the super soldiers.

Sometimes tense and spooky, but the pacing is just way too slow and the film is fair too tame considering the material.

--- The DVD of this film unfortunately presents a rather sub-standard print of the film, the only one available apparently, but includes entertaining commentary and interviews that provide intriguing insight on the making of the film.

interesting but tedious .

Nazi-zombies sound like a perfect combination to me to bring an entertaining horror flick with.

With a slow opening, until the Death Corps arrive on the screen, though the pace doesn't entirely pick up as there are slow parts in between the deaths.

The image of rotted corpses with dark goggles uplifting a ship and rising from the ocean was quite intriguing.

The Final Verdict: A somewhat more enjoyable film than it really should've been, even though there's a few flaws to it that hold it down.

The problem with Shock Waves is that it really doesn't do anything of interest with its promising premise, with a long, tedious build up to the arrival on the island, followed by lots of aimless and extremely boring meandering through swamps and undergrowth, and a succession of rather dull and completely bloodless deaths.