All right, let’s get this out of our system at the top; “Oh man, Uwe Boll sucks! All his movies are crap! I can’t believe you watched this!”
There, feel better? Sweet, let’s get on to talking about the movie itself and not the director.
Back in 2005, Boll brought to life the day walking ‘Dhampir’ from the same titled hit video game. The game was filled with high flying kicks and blood and guts and good old fashioned Nazi slaughter and Boll brought us much of the same. Now we’re up to the third film in the series, “The Third Reich” and not much has changed from that first film, except our busty vampire was taken over by Natassia Malthe in the second and third movies instead of Kristina Lokken who wore the red and black spandex the first time around. As you can see from the picture above, Ms. Malthe fills out the suit pretty well!
As far as the movie goes, “Bloodrayne: The Third Reich” is exactly what you’ve come to expect from an Uwe Boll movie. The film is full of action and brutality to Nazi’s, so it’s something you can get behind and root for. The plot is thin but makes sense for the time period; the Third Reich is trying to exploit the zombie infection to make super soldiers as well as an immortal fuhrer. The idea plays well with the standard occultism plot lines that generally accompany a Nazi horror flick, so all is well. Still, the story is thin and doesn’t leave much to sink your fangs into. Let’s be honest here; we’re only here to watch Natassia Malthe kick ass in a cat suit anyways, so who cares?
In the acting department, we once again get what we expect from your standard Uwe Boll flick. We get “Syfy Channel Original” performances here, so it’s a bit sub par. Malthe lacks conviction from time to time, but pulls through. Michael Pare’ on the other hand, is fun in his roll of an un-dead officer. He’s cocky and drunk on power as you’d expect. He’s also been in tons of Boll flicks and the two work well together, which shows. The fun surprise for “Third Reich” is Clint Howard as Dr. Mangler, the Nazi scientist who’s hell bent on exploiting the dhampir blood. He’s cheesy and over the top, but he’s Clint Howard! Of course he’s cheesy and over the top!
As far as blu-rays go, the disk is passable in all fronts. The transfer looks good as does the sound, but there’s not much more to the package than the movie itself. There are two short features, a behind the scenes and an interview with the film’s writer, both of which are hard to get excited about when the movie itself is lackluster. The behind the scenes featurette starts off with a “Let’s defend Uwe Boll” slant which is pretty funny in itself. Everybody loves to hate on Uwe though, so you can’t really blame them.
Ultimately, “Bloodrayne: The Third Reich” is not a great movie. We expect that though. It is watchable in a “stuck inside on a rainy day” sort of way. The movie would fit perfectly in the “Syfy Channel” stable outside of it’s two forced sex scenes which were completely unnecessary. Should you rush out and buy the disk? No. If you’re a fan of cheese and direct-to-video movies however, it’s worth a rent.