Experiment 17 (2005)

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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.


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Credited cast:
Keith Anctil ...
Nazi Scientist #2
Henry Bindbeutel ...
Photo Nazi #1
Justin Boss ...
Actor playing Helmut Koch
James Colston ...
SS Soldier
Dan Harrod ...
Detlef Van Berg
Rob Hoyt ...
Nazi Scientist #1
Andrew Leman ...
Christian Matzke ...
Helmut Koch
Byron Nilsen ...
Actor playing SS Officer
Rob Pellerin ...
Wehrmacht Soldier
Sarah Tarling ...
Frau Koch
Rob Wilber ...
Karotechia Soldier


After the fall of France, Adolf Hitler orders his men to search the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris for the copy of The Necronomicon that is held within the institution. The Nazi's intend to use the occult powers within the mad Arab's tome to aid their plan for world domination. With the book in their possession a series of 16 experiments are carried out over the course of the next two years but all of them fail. However, in the spring of 1943 a high ranking Arab dignitary meets with Hitler, he has brought with him a cipher to The Necronomicon. Preparations begin for Experiment 17, but when the lead translator on the project goes completely insane the project is halted. Helmut Koch, the decorated officer and occultist leading the project is determined to conduct Experiment 17 whatever the cost, though. Written by Mark_a_Wood <markawood@hotmail.co.uk>

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The film footage of the experiment was one continuous take with practical special effects. Due to the amount of blood, only one take could be attempted. See more »

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"Thanks to Sarah Tarling for uplifting support", Sarah Tarling operated the levitation device in the final scene, but it also engaged to director/actor Christian Matzke who was strapped into the device. See more »


Followed by Experiment 18: Das Hexenhammer-Projekt (2007) See more »

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A very interesting little film.
19 February 2015 | by (Stoke-on-Trent, England) – See all my reviews

Director Christian Matzke has made a number of short films inspired by the writings of H.P. Lovecraft ("Nyarlathotep" and "An Imperfect Solution: A Tale of the Reanimator" for example). With Experiment 17 he has come up with a very interesting idea.

We know that Hitler and some of his closest circle believed in occult powers and actively sought out magical and mystical artifacts from the countries that they occupied. So, they would be well aware of the existence of the dread Necronomicon wouldn't they? They would also know that one of the extant copies is held within the collection of the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris. So, when Hitler's troops occupy the French capital he orders his men to get the Necronomicon. Once they have seized the book and transported it back to Germany a series of experiments are conducted to try and harness the secrets contained within the tome. However, it is not until an Arab dignitary meets with Hitler and hands him a cipher for the writings of the Necronomicon's author Abdul Al-Hazred that a breakthrough is made.

Matzke makes excellent use of genuine historical footage in this short film. The footage of the Arab dignitary used in this film looks like genuine footage to me (possibly of Mohammad Amin Al-Husayni, The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem?). Mixed in with newsreel footage and film of Hitler taken by Eva Braun are still photographs taken by Matzke using vintage cameras - showing elements specific to this story. Overlain over all of this historic and 'historic' footage Andrew Leman (the director of the B/W silent film "The Call of Cthulhu") provides a commentary of events that sounds just like the sort of thing you would find on a programme on the History Channel.

The finale of this short is a fresh segment of silent, black and white film purporting to be of the successful Experiment 17 of the title. The director takes the role of Helmut Koch the decorated officer and member of the Thule Society who is in charge of the experiment. This is the only part of the film that I have a complaint regarding. Unfortunately, someone on the film crew seems to have gone a bit mental with a smoke machine in these final scenes and it is at times a little difficult to see what is actually going on. Even so it is still clear what has happened at the climax which is effectively shocking.

Overall then this is a good idea for a short, well executed for the most part. I for one look forward to watching the sequel - Experiment 18.

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