Commando Mengele (1987)

2.0 out of 5

Technically there is probably no technical measure on earth by which Commando Mengele can be technically described as a technically great film. In these respects it cannot even be described as a technically good or even technically average film. The film is, technicalities aside, nevertheless wildly entertaining; it is great fun and while there are laughs to be had at the expense of the handling of the material that is not all there is to enjoy. There is also the action. There is a lot of action and the plentiful action is great fun.

The idea of an action film featuring a crossbow and mortar siege on a jungle compound of Fourth Reich fascists led by Joseph Mengele complete with goofy training sequences has to be a winning formula and is. Sure it feels a little cheaply made, but, it still works as well as any Bruno Mattei actioner.

The film is directed by Andrea Bianchi and written by Jess Franco and while Commando Mengele represents nothing approaching the best work of either it is still, at it's core, a must-see for the trash film addict.

This is the perfect double-bill companion for The Beast in Heat.

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