Directed by: Olaf Ittenbach
Written by: Olaf Ittenbach
Stars: Michael Carr, Russell Friedenberg... read more

Year: 2001
Genrer: Action, Comedy, Horror
Run time: 1h 29min
My rating: 1.5 out of 5

I don't really know how to get around this movie. It doesn't feel like an Ittenbach movie at all. Unlike his previous works, the actors are quite well and the whole concept feels like a parody of "Reservoir Dogs" and "From Dusk Till Dawn". Even the humor circulates around Tarantino. Sure, this is probably estimated if you are a Tarantino fan, but I'm very tired of him in general.

William (Michael Carr) and Luke (Russell Friedenberg) travels through California and gets ride by a stranger. After a while, they get to know the hitchhiker called "Psycho Mike" (Christopher Kriesa) and that he has the flattering nickname "The Kern River Killer". William and Luke realize that they have chosen the wrong guy and manage to escape from him. They end up in a little sleepy redneck hole and once there they meet a mysterious, tall, blond man named Togaio (Matthias Hues). This man and his sadistic friends are "joking" about to kill everyone they meet to form a "Deadly Legion". Soon William and Luke will miss their old friend Psycho Mike again ...

Legion of the Dead is too lengthy and tedious and I lose full focus after just an hour. If Ittenbach had learned to do some shorter films instead of pulling them out with unnecessary lines and long dialogues, then I would think that this movie had been better than what it really is. My interest completely dissolves since the movie continues for about 20 minutes from where it could have had a good end - It's really bad and misplaced.

This is Olaf Ittenbach's first film with a larger budget that's taking place in California with some North American actors. But just because a movie taking place in North America and happens to have some American actors, doesn't mean it's a good movie, or?

Sure, it was a good attempt to impress the Americans, and I think he used this movie as a conclusion just to bring one and another American to the Ittenbach-audience. But the question is how long it lasts and if he continue to focuses on these types of mistakes in the future?

It also feels like Olaf has chosen to save on his ordinary splatter effects and I was really disappointed that it wasn't as bloody as his previous works. And what made me most disappointing was that he spontaneously added a lot of CGI technology into the mutants. It's very bad done, considering that he invests in a movie that tries to look as good as possible.

Legion of the Dead is recommended to you who like Tarantino, because I can't see any other source of inspiration. The humor is very easy to understand and there are gore sequences, but not enough for my taste and the movie is full of stupid, unattractive and long discussions who could have stayed in Tarantino's despicable world.


Produced by: Stefan Jonas, Werner Kernig, Michael Poettinger, Claudia Quirchmayr
Cinematography by: Holger Diener
Editing by: Thomas Bachmann, Christian Lonk
Special Effects by: Olaf Ittenbach
Music by: Jaro Messerschmidt, Ralf Wengenmayr
Country: Germany
Language: English
Color: Color

Distributor: Scanbox Entertainment