Published February 17, 2009
Quentin Tarantino's new war movie, the strangely spelled "Inglourious Basterds," is shaping up to be the blood-spattered antidote for anyone who's depressed by the recent torrent of Holocaust movies - it's one big slaughterfest in which hundreds of Nazis are gleefully executed in the most gruesome ways possible.
"If you thought Nazis died in 'The Dirty Dozen,' brother, you ain't seen nothing yet," film critic Harry Knowles - who visited the German set of the Harvey Weinstein-produced picture - writes on Ain't It Cool News. "There are a [bleep]load of Nazis dying. Seriously."
In the movie, Brad Pitt heads up a team of "Bowery Boy Jews seemingly right from the heart of Hell's Kitchen" who are out to collect 100 Nazi scalps each, according to Knowles. The plot goes from broad comedy to outright horror. In one scene, a soldier played by Eli Roth takes a bat to one Nazi, which ended up "splattering Nazi-brain blood all over me and my script, even though I was a good 15 to 20 feet away," Knowles says. (Roth's casting is a bit of an inside joke as he's also the director who grossed out audiences with the torture-porn shocker "Hostel.")
In another scene, actor Omar Doom, who's described as looking like a "young Al Pacino," effortlessly scalps some Germans while machine-gunning others.
An insider said: "The Nazis really get their comeuppance. It's a big change from all the downbeat Holocaust films over the holidays," referring to "The Reader," "Valkyrie," "Defiance," "Good," "Adam Resurrected" and "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas."
Tarantino told Empire magazine that one Scene, set in a basement bar, will resemble " 'Reservoir Dogs' but with Nazis and in German." He adds: "The Basterds are acting like the Apaches in a no-win situation."