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Given my personal involvement in this and the simple fact that we've been talking about this project for months now as it slowly made it's way towards production I think I shall simply step aside and let the official press release do the talking. And, for those who may have missed them the first time, check the original promo videos below.


Filming of long-awaited feature commences in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic.

(PRAGUE March 5, 2012) - MPI/Dark Sky Films, LA-based XYZ Films, and Pellicola of Amsterdam announced today that the first day of principal photography on Richard Raaphorst's long-awaited debut feature, FRANKENSTEIN'S ARMY, has been completed in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic. The stunning, ancient location, situated near historic Prague, was also recently used in the 2006 box office hit Casino Royale.

FRANKENSTEIN'S ARMY takes place toward the end of World War II, as Russian soldiers push into eastern Germany and stumble across a secret Nazi lab, one that has unearthed and begun experimenting with the journal of one Dr. Viktor Frankenstein. The scientists have used the legendary Frankenstein's work to assemble an army of super-soldiers stitched together from the body parts of their fallen comrades - a desperate Hitler's last ghastly ploy to escape defeat.

Director Raaphorst co-wrote FRANKENSTEIN'S ARMY, with the film being produced by Nick Jongerius and Daniel Koefoed (Harry Doright and Dead End) of Pellicola, Todd Brown of XYZ Films, and Derek Curl of MPI/Dark Sky Films. The director of photography is Bart Beekman.

Raaphorst's Worst Case Scenario stands as one of the great horror films that never was. The Nazi-zombie project whipped up a massive international following thanks to two early promo reels. But due to financing and production difficulties, the project was abandoned in 2009. Now, director Raaphorst will bring his visionary design skills to this new horror movie, to be distributed by MPI/Dark Sky Films in North America.

FRANKENSTEIN'S ARMY, currently filming in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, is a co-production of MPI/Dark Sky Films, Los Angeles-based XYZ Films, and Pellicola of Amsterdam.

Photo Credit: Cast members Hon Ping Tang (l), Robert Gwilym (c, facing away), and director Richard Raaphorst (r) on the Czech Republic set of FRANKENSTEIN'S ARMY. Photo by Derek Curl, Dark Sky Films.
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mmanchestMarch 5, 2012 8:21 PM

Any chance that the successful completion of this film will provide financiers with the confidence to back Worst Case Scenario? Why wasn't Kickstarter used to get WCS into production. Any point in remaining hopeful that it will get made?

Todd BrownMarch 5, 2012 8:28 PM

WCS broke down in such a messy way that - as far as I know - there's now an incredibly thorny rights situation around those materials. It's unlikely.

Ard VijnMarch 6, 2012 9:10 AM

The problem with WCS is probably that too many people currently could claim some sort of share of it in the past, and you'd have to untangle all the rights issues (where there is always the chance that someone needs to be bought out) for that project to be able to proceed. Which means that cost-wise it has a few marks against it over a new project without any baggage attached.

On top of that, nazi zombies have now successfully been used in several other projects as well so the assumed impact of them has been lessened over the years. Strike two...

With "Frankenstein's Army" Raaphorst hopes his slant is unique enough again not to be counted as just another "ye olde zombie movie". Lord knows there are enough of those already.
I just hope people won't be looking at this like "Castle Wolfenstein: The Movie"... 7, 2012 11:27 AM

I hope we won't be looking at this like THE BLACK FOREST:THE MOVIE either...;o)