Films that contain Nazi occultism, although this may grade into Nazi superscience or the supernatural where the dividing line is tricky to discern (the latter because the pseudoscience required is so extreme it almost conforms to Clarke's Third Law about science and magic), so it can touch on secret Third Reich bases in Antractica, Nazi UFOs and associated craziness.
Thanks to publications like Morning of the Magicians
, there is an undercurrent of suspicion that the Nazis were up to all sorts of occult hi-jinks (beyond the well-known activities of the Ahnenerbe) and these films take that ball and run with it.
In his study of James Herbert's novel The Spear
, Nick Freeman looks at the history of our interest in the Nazis, from the relative tame in the post-War years to the lurid in the 60s, with the occult aspects rising in popularity in the 70s:
Nazi occult experimentation may not have offered the same opportunities for pornographers as death camps and military brothels, but this did not mean that its treatment was any less sensational. Works such as Louis Pauwels and Jacques Bergier’s Le Matin des Magiciens (1960), Trevor Ravenscroft’s The Spear of Destiny (1972), and J. H. Brennan’s still more outlandish Occult Reich (1974) captured the popular imagination. Ravenscroft’s book is still in print, as is its sequel, The Mark of the Beast (1990), and a paperback reprint of Le Matin des Magiciens claimed a million copies had been sold by 1971 alone. All were fixated by supposedly secret or suppressed histories: the 1976 reprint of Brennan’s book boasts that it deals ‘in facts – but facts that orthodox historians ignore.’ Since the appearance of Nicholas Goodrich-Clark’s The Occult Roots of Nazism (1985), such works seem poorly researched and hysterically argued, but they were accorded considerable popular interest in the mid-1970s when Herbert was writing The Spear.
However, he does point out that the Nazi/occult mix can be dated back to Dennis Wheatley's 1941 novel Strange Conflict
, the same date as the first film on this list.
References: Nick Freeman "'A decadent appetite for the lurid'?: James Herbert, The Spear and 'Nazi Gothic'"
Further reading: The Occult Roots of Nazism
, as mentioned in the quote, this is one of the best researched and takes a level-headed approach to the topic as does Arktos: The Polar Myth in Science, Symbolism, and Nazi Survival
. Raymond Sickinger's "Hitler and the Occult: The Magical Thinking of Adolf Hitler" is a good quick overview of the debate. Adam Shreve's "'Beunos Noches, Mein Fuhrer': A Look at Nazism in Popular Culture" is a pretty broad look at the influence of the Third Reich on our media. Why the Nazis and the Occult Plotlines in 'The Devil's Rock' Work so Well, a short piece on Nazi occultism in movies and why it is so effective.
See also: My Horrors of War
and Nazi zombies/zombie Nazis
lists, the latter in particular, as there is nothing Nazi occultists like to more than raise the dead for their nefarious purposes.
Links: TV Tropes have a number of pages that cover this: Those Wacky Nazis, Stupid Jetpack Hitler and most relevantly Ghostapo.
Others: Hardkor '44 still seems to be in the pipeline.Comments
: As I don't have a Facebook account I cannot interact with the new comments system, so have switched it off and replaced it with a thread on the message board
King of the Zombies
On a spooky island, three stranded travelers find an evil doctor working with foreign spies and in control of zombies. (67 mins.)
An impressively early entry in the field, a Nazi spy is trying to extract war secrets and implant them in zombies. A typical shabby Nazi trick.
The film is public domain
. Get it from the Internet Archive ”
The Invisible Man's grandson uses his secret formula to spy on Nazi Germany. (81 mins.)
Revenge of the Zombies
Scott Warrington and his hired detective, Larry Adams, arrive at an old mansion in the middle of a Louisiana swamp to meet his brother-in-law... (61 mins.)
“ A sequel of sorts to King of the Zombies, where an undercover Nazi is creating an army of zombies in the US, to take the fight to the Yanks on home soil. ” - Mighty_Emperor
Creature with the Atom Brain
An ex-Nazi mad scientist uses radio-controlled atomic-powered zombies in his quest to help an exiled American gangster return to power. (69 mins.)
In Germany during World War II, a well-known psychic decides to collaborate with the Nazis. (95 mins.)
“ The first of a number of film's about psychic and occultist Erik Jan Hanussen who is said to have given Hitler lessons in oratory and mass psychology. His greatest feat seems to have been "predicting" the Reichstag fire and he was killed not long afterwards. ” - Mighty_Emperor
Heroic, but dull, Fred Maklin and beautiful, but spoiled, Jerrie Turner wash up on an uncharted tropical island... (77 mins.)
The Yesterday Machine
A Nazi scientist invents a time machine enabling him to go back to alter the events of WWII. (85 mins.)
More Nazi superscience and mad scientists.
The film is public domain
. Get it from the Internet Archive ”
The Flesh Eaters
A group of young adults trapped on a desert island find the water inhabited by a violent form of flesh-eating organisms. (87 mins.)
The Frozen Dead
A crazed scientist keeps the heads of Nazi war criminals alive until he can find appropriate bodies on which to attach them so he can revive the Third Reich. (95 mins.)
They Saved Hitler's Brain
(1968 TV Movie)
Nazi madmen preserve Hitler's brain on a small tropical island until the time is right to resurrect him and, along with him, the Third Reich. (91 mins.)
A mad scientist transforms himself into an aquatic killer. (100 mins.)
Visitors to a remote island discover that a reclusive Nazi commandant has been breeding a group of Zombie soldiers. (85 mins.)
The Beast in Heat
This is one of many so called Video Nasties about fictionalized World War 2 Nazi POW camp atrocities... (86 mins.)
“ The Nazis create some weird incubus-like dwarf for their perverted pleasures. ” - Mighty_Emperor
A mysterious ghostly freighter rams and sinks a modern day cruise ship whose survivors climb aboard the freighter and discover that it is a WW2 Nazi torture vessel. (91 mins.)
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis. (115 mins.)
“ When you think about Nazi occultists in films, then the mind quickly turns to RotLA. ” - Mighty_Emperor
Nazis are forced to turn to a Jewish historian for help in battling the ancient demon they have inadvertently freed from its prison. (96 mins.)
In Italy, during World War II some American soldiers find an alien UFO. (86 mins.)
A man's story parallels Hitler's rise. Austrian Klaus Schneider, wounded in World War I, recovers in the care of Dr... (140 mins.)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
When Dr. Henry Jones Sr. suddenly goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, eminent archaeologist Indiana Jones must follow in his father's footsteps and stop the Nazis. (127 mins.)
“ Yes those occult-loving Nazis didn't learn their face-melting lesson from the first film so, after a little break for the second film (is it a coincidence that the best two Indy films contain Nazi occultists? It is not) they return again in full force but will need buckets to return their remains to their relatives. ” - Mighty_Emperor
A young woman discovers that she is the focus of an evil Nazi experiment involving selective breeding and summoned elves... (89 mins.)
“ God knows why this film isn't out on DVD it reeks of cult classic - Grizzly Adams vs Nazi elves?? I mean, watch this!!
There is a petition, so why not join the 14 other people interested in buying this? ” - Mighty_Emperor
“ A prequel to the first two Puppet Master films, focusing on the puppet maker's time in Germany and the Nazi attempts to get hold of his formula so they can use it to create an army of zombie soldiers. ” - Mighty_Emperor
Philadelphia Experiment II
David Herdeg's participation in a failed 1943 experiment in radar invisibility has propelled him 40 years into the future... (97 mins.)
“ Time/dimensional jiggery and pokery leaves the main protagonist in a world where the Nazis won the war. ” - Mighty_Emperor
The Burning Zone
(1996 TV Series)
Dr. Daniel Cassian is appointed by the White House to lead a small top secret federal biological task... (55 mins.)
A Jewish strongman performs in Berlin as the blond Aryan hero Siegfried. (133 mins.)
“ Another Hanussen film. ” - Mighty_Emperor
Seven German soldiers are enclosed in one bunker during the Second World War. They soon feel surrounded by enemies... (95 mins.)
Misty, the Mummy Raider (Misty Mundae) must battle an evil Neo Nazi scientist (Ruby Larocca) and an ancient, powerful mummy (Rich George) trying to raise the Fourth Reich. (45 mins.)
Based on the very underground comic book, a Tibetan monk becomes a mentor to a young street kid whom he can teach to protect a scroll. (104 mins.)
“ Chow Yun-fat plays a monk granted the secret to longevity in 1943, with the Nazis on his tail. The still youthful monk, now in the modern day, is being pursued by criminals after the scroll, criminals who turn out to be the original Nazis who still hope to use the secret to rule the world (Nazis are always persistent if slightly lacking in competence). ” - Mighty_Emperor
A demon, raised from infancy after being conjured by and rescued from the Nazis, grows up to become a defender against the forces of darkness. (122 mins.)
“ Hellboy's origin story is full-blown, foot to the floor, rocket-fueled Nazi occultism, throwing in Rasputin for good measure. A great film, well worth watching even if those scenes weren't in it. ” - Mighty_Emperor
“ Another film with Hanussen in it. ” - Mighty_Emperor
(2005 Short Film)
Adolf Hitler orders his troops to search the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris for a single tome - the dread Necronomicon. All attempts by Nazi scientists to unlock the secrets of the book fail, until an Arab provides a cipher. (5 mins.)
Vampires terrorize a city in Norrbotten. (98 mins.)
“ No good will ever come from an aging Nazi trying to create the Master Race from vampire blood.
Decent enough vampire film with a 30 Days of Night meets Dead Snow* feel, although the comedy aspect rarely shines through. There were a lot of good ideas in there (talking dogs, possibly the first vampire stakin with a gnome) and nicely done effects but the story was poorly paced and the plotting uneven, with a "was that it?" ending. So, not a must-see (other than completists and those reading this list looking for ) but then again I didn't think I'd wasted my time. Watch it with the original Let The Right One In as a blood-drenched snowy double feature (although perhaps watch this one first so you end on the better film).
* Yes I know it is Norwegian and Frostbite is Swedish but it also has undead Nazis and a similar mix of gore and humour (and snow). ” - Mighty_Emperor
(2006 TV Movie)
A genetically bred Nazi super soldier fights Allied troops. (90 mins.)
In war-torn Eastern Europe, a world-weary group of mercenaries discover a long-hidden secret in an abandoned WWII bunker. (90 mins.)
“ The main MacGuffin is a piece of Nazi superscience but it has clearly had supernatural effects.
Seems to be directly inspired by Die Glocke. ” - Mighty_Emperor
A woman who lost her daughter to suicide investigates a theory that may have to do with the young girl's death. (90 mins.)
Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's homage to exploitation double features in the 60s and 70s with two back-to-back cult films that include previews of coming attractions between them. (191 mins.)
“ Specifically for the "Werewolf Women of the SS" segment. ” - Mighty_Emperor
A Nazi cult wreaks havoc in it's search for a mythical spear, convinced it will bring about the return of the Third Reich. (117 mins.)
Reign of the Gargoyles
(2007 TV Movie)
During World War 2 a group of brave US Airmen are downed in Nazi controlled Europe, after their aircraft is attacked by Nazi-controlled mythological Gargoyles. (88 mins.)
“ Nazi Gargoyles!! ” - Mighty_Emperor
Experiment 18: Das Hexenhammer-Projekt
(2007 Short Film)
As the Third Reich crumbled, a Nazi Occultist performed one last, desperate, ritual. This is his story, these are his words. (10 mins.)
“ aka Worst Case Scenario
A failed attempt to make a Nazi zombie film, that only got released as a short promo. ” - Mighty_Emperor
A man and his brother on a mission of revenge become trapped in a harrowing occult experiment dating back to the Third Reich. (90 mins.)
“ aka Blood Creek
A Nazi scholar still resides in the US and the years haven't treated him well. He is kept fed on blood but when his supply is cut off all Hell breaks loose. ” - Mighty_Emperor
A ski vacation turns horrific for a group of medical students, as they find themselves confronted by an unimaginable menace: Nazi zombies. (90 mins.)
A young woman fights the spirit that is slowly taking possession of her. (88 mins.)
Close Encounters of the Third Reich
(2009 Short Film)
August 1944. A Romanian medic wanders through the war-stricken scenery in search of his unit, but things take an unexpected turn when he befriends a wounded German officer. (14 mins.)
“ Just a guess here, I'm looking for more information on it. If it doesn't fit here then it is a waste of a good title. ” - Mighty_Emperor
Puppet Master: Axis of Evil
During the Second World War, a young man, with the help of some animated puppets, must stop the Nazis who attacked his family and kidnapped his girlfriend. (83 mins.)
“ The ninth PM film, returning to the WWII setting. ” - Mighty_Emperor
Into the Shadow of the Black Sun
(2010 Short Film)
Emil Lance, a detective, is hired from an unknown client to find the whereabouts of a - considered dead... (34 mins.)
“ Nicely done hyper-real noir short dragging in Nazi superscience and bases in Antarctica.
Watch on Vimeo ” - Mighty_Emperor
(2010 Short Film)
Set during WWII. 3 Nazi Officers hunt down two Jewish sisters in the back streets of Warsaw. Poland 1942. The sisters fear an evil far worse than the threat posed by the Gestapo. (6 mins.)
“ There is, apparently, a longer cut of the film that gives these scenes more context and it'd be good to see that as it is a little confusing as it currently stands.
Watch on YouTube ” - Mighty_Emperor
The Devil's Rock
Set in the Channel Islands on the eve of D Day,two Kiwi commandos, sent to destroy German gun emplacements to distract Hitler's forces away from Normandy, discover a Nazi occult plot to unleash demonic forces to win the war. (83 mins.)
“ A clear an unequivocal film purely focused on the Third Reich's interest in evil, name-checking everything from the Spear of Destiny to Lovecraftian Old Ones on the way. A solid enough film that works nicely with the small cast and limited number of locations, well worth watching if you are interested in the topic. ” - Mighty_Emperor
Captain America: The First Avenger
Steve Rogers, a rejected military soldier transforms into Captain America after taking a dose of a "Super-Soldier serum". But being Captain America comes at a price as he attempts to take down a war monger and a terrorist organization. (124 mins.)
BloodRayne: The Third Reich
Rayne fights against the Nazis in Europe during World War II, encountering Ekart Brand, a Nazi leader... (79 mins.)
“ It's a Uwe Boll film so you know what to expect - someone metaphorically kicking you in the nits while (possibly literally) laughing at you for watching their stupid film adaptation of a video game. The upside, and there is only one, is that it isn't as bad as Bloodrayne 2* but then quite a few Syfy original movies are better than that, so the bar was set pretty low.
In this film the dhampir vampire hunter accidentally creates an SS dhampir (oops - you'd think she'd have learned by now, especially as it is apparently so easy). This seemed oddly unnecessary, as they have their own vampires. Imprisoning him and on Rayne's tail is a German officer who slaps like an old lady and has some very un-Nazi qualms about research on vampires. It is stupid and full of plotholes, but you'd expect that from Boll, his impressive achievement is to make a film packed with all these potentially interesting ingredients so very dull (the secret is a pisspoor script and lumpen direction).
* The camerawork is only annoying (as opposed to being so shaky it looked like the cameraman had Parkinsons), her swords don't look like tinfoil-covered cardboard and there is not only some nudity but also a gratuitous sex scenes (it is a bit like he is drawing plot elements out of a hat, not just for this but the entire film - I assume it had to include a lot of random elements to sneak the runtime over an hour). ” - Mighty_Emperor
An action comedy centered on an overweight woman whose footsteps cause explosions and whose dual swords are used against anyone who makes fun of her. (87 mins.)
“ This is an odd one, Boll filmed it on the Bloodrayne 3 sets so he essentially made his own mockbuster - stealing a page from The Asylum's rulebook (which really only had half a page) seems to be about his style. ” - Mighty_Emperor
Gun of the Black Sun
A Nazi Luger Pistol from W.W.2 with dark and mystical powers re-emerges in modern day Bucharest and is taken to London... (90 mins.)
“ British thriller film about the hunt for a mystical Luger enchanted by Nazi occultists. ” - Mighty_Emperor
War of Horrors
(2011 Short Film)
Set during post war Paris 1946 and war torn Berlin 1945. A British news reporter travels to Paris to... (24 mins.)
“ Watch here in IMDB ” - Mighty_Emperor
Outpost: Black Sun
The year is 1945, the closing stages of WW2, and a German scientist by the name of Klausener is working... (101 mins.)
The Nazis set up a secret base on the dark side of the moon in 1945 where they hide out and plan to return to power in 2018. (93 mins.)
“ A superb crowd-sourced films that shows the big boys (and The Asylum) how you can do it.
Sarah Palin is the US president is looking out for a war and, lucky for Australia apprently, and the Moon Nazis turn up just in time. Against this vast stage we have the story of a black astronaut/model (who went to the Moon as part of the President's re-election campaign) and the daughter of the Nazi's chief mad scientist (we only see one but they must have hundreds in the backrooms for all that technology). Of course, the Nazis are undone by their own rigidty but in between we have a blockbuster movie made on a, relative, shoestring that works on all levels - the big story, the human drama, the great sweeping battles (which reminded me of Babylon 5 for a number of reasons. not just the epic CGI on a budget but the medley of spaceships), the satire that gets nicely dark in places and the humour (although that is the one place I'd have liked to see the film try harder).
Don't worry about the surprising;y low rating, like Team America it yanks the chain of so many people that there is something in there to offend a lot of people (Americans, North Koreans, Nazis, etc.) so it appears to have got quite a few negative votes. However, as you are reading this list (presumably not having stumbled across it while looking for something completely different), then Iron Sky is a must-see. ” - Mighty_Emperor
The 25th Reich
In 1943, five US soldiers are recruited by the OSS for a time travel mission to save the world from the tyranny of Hitler's 25th Reich. (85 mins.)
Puppet Master X: Axis Rising
Danny and Beth must battle the Nazis after they use the puppets' life-giving serum to create a race of immortal soldiers, as well as some Nazi puppets. (86 mins.)
Nazis at the Center of the Earth
Researchers in Antarctica are abducted by a team of masked storm troopers. They are dragged deep underground... (89 mins.)
“ aka Bloodstorm - the UK DVD name.
The Iron Sky mockbuster from The Asylum. One of the few films from them that actual transcends the base motivation. It is still rubbish but watchable rubbish (I've seen it twice). ” - Mighty_Emperor
“ Watch on YouTube ” - Mighty_Emperor
Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz
In this third installment of the hit Nazi Zombie action horror movie, Outpost: Rise Of The Spetnaz,... (87 mins.)
Toward the end of World War II, Russian soldiers pushing into eastern Germany stumble across a secret Nazi lab... (84 mins.)
“ While the found footage techniques are over-used Frankenstein's Army works really well, partly because it being set in WWII so the footage is on film (reducing all the annoying glitches and digital trickery designed to make you think you are seeing the output from a real digital camera) and it then uses it well to get the feel of immediacy that a lot of other films fail to do. ” - Mighty_Emperor
Lost in time, it lurks in the darkness, only to return again. (93 mins.)
Devils of War
Poland, 1944. Assembled for a top-secret rescue mission, a daring team of Special Forces soldiers quickly find themselves trapped deep behind enemy lines. (74 mins.)
Captain Battle: Legacy War
SAM BATTLE is injured during his tour of duty in the Gulf War. He loses an eye and is near death. His good friend... (90 mins.)
Iron Sky: The Coming Race
A follow-up to the film Iron Sky
in which Nazis plan to take over the world after lying dormant in a secret military base on the moon.
“ Named after the Edward Bulwer-Lytton book, that first introduced us to the concept of Vril which has gone on to be a mainstay of Nazi occultism/superscience claims. ” - Mighty_Emperor
"Deep in the ice of the antarctic, a team of geologists uncover an old nazi laboratory still intact where dark experiments had occured...
“ According to one synopsis I read, a group stumble across an old Nazi Antarctic base that stores "genetically modified flying zombie Nazi sharks." ” - Mighty_Emperor
“ Based on the graphic novel of the same name. ” - Mighty_Emperor
An elite unit unit of Allied soldiers in WWII fight a top secret devision of Hitler's army where the...
Hitler: A Film from Germany
Director Hans-Jurgen Syberberg examines the rise and fall of the Third Reich in this brooding seven-hour masterpiece... (442 mins.)
“ And now some documentaries. Some of these may require more than the standard issue supply of salt. ” - Mighty_Emperor
The film investigates the mythological backgrounds of nationalsocialism. (90 mins.)
(1991 TV Series)
The worldwide Nazi search for archaeological and historical support for their beliefs in the Aryan (German) master race.
Nazi UFO Conspiracy
(2008 TV Movie)
A credible investigation of possible connections between UFO sightings in the past half century and secret flying saucer technologies developed by the Nazis in WW2.
What We Do in the Shadows
A documentary team films the lives of a group of vampires for a few months. The vampires share a house in Wellington, New Zealand. Turns out vampires have their own domestic problems too. (86 mins.)
Sandra Munt and the Thule Society
After the events of "Sandra Munt" Sandra and Elsa begin a journey through the world seeking another relic who want the Nazis.
Sandra Munt's Adventure
(2016 Short Film)
Spain, 1934. Sandra Munt and her friend Elsa travel the world in search of a mysterious and mystical book. But the two friends will face the Nazis, a secret society and a Mysterious Stranger, emerging from his past. (2 mins.)
(2013 TV Series)
Jamie investigates the theory that the Nazis were engaged in research into spacecraft before the outbreak of WWII. He also travels to Poland to visit a mysterious site that may have been used a test base for Nazi flying saucers.
In Search of Aliens
(2014 TV Series)
At the height of World War II, the Nazis engaged their top scientists to develop "wonder weapons"--weapons...
(2008 TV Series)
Follows a group of experts as they scrutinize some of history's most intriguing UFO accounts.
Unsealed: Alien Files
(2012 TV Series)
Many famous UFO sightings occur in remote locations with just a single eyewitness. But some sightings have taken place over large cities with hundreds of witnesses. (30 mins.)
Mysteries at the National Parks
(2015 TV Series)
A secret underground Nazi base may be the reason for UFO sightings inMontana's Glacier National Park. It may also be the final hideout for Adolf Hitler himself.
Unsealed: Alien Files
(2012 TV Series)
Adolf Hitler set out to conquer the world and he nearly succeeded. But did the Nazis have help from an extraterrestrial source? We'll tell you what Hitler may have been hiding - and where it is now. (30 mins.)
Nazi UFO Secrets of World War II
A documentary which delves into alternative theories of UFOs, specifically supposed development of similar crafts under the Third Reich. (55 mins.)
Mutantz, Nazis and Zombies
Troma Team Video presents the Third Reich film anthology! First up is "The Secret of the Magic Mushrooms"... (248 mins.)
In the final days of World War II, a secret experiment to weaponize sharks is shut down and destroyed by the Third Reich... (73 mins.)
Dark Fellowships: The Vril
Dark Fellowships attempts to uncover the truth about some of the most renowned and feared secret organizations throughout history...
The Secret Glory
The story of SS officer Otto Rahn and his search for the Holy Grail. (90 mins.)
Two teenage yoga enthusiasts team up with a legendary man-hunter to battle with an ancient evil presence that is threatening their major party plans. (88 mins.)