Critic: 'Basterds' boasts buckets of blood

Feb. 17, 2009 at 11:47 PM
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NEW YORK, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- A film critic who visited the set of Quentin Tarantino's movie, "Inglourious Basterds," says it has a higher Nazi body count than "The Dirty Dozen."

Starring Brad Pitt, Mike Myers, Samuel L. Jackson, Diane Kruger, Cloris Leachman and Rod Taylor, the latest flick from the "Pulp Fiction" and "Kill Bill" auteur is to premiere at France's Cannes Film Festival this spring.

"In my time on the set -- I feel I can say with confidence, that I witnessed the brutal deaths of over a 100 Nazis. It was glorious," movie critic Harry Knowles wrote in a posting on the Ain't It Cool News Web site. "A (expletive)load of Nazis dying. Seriously. If you thought Nazis died in 'The Dirty Dozen' ... brother, you ain't seen nothing yet."

Knowles said that in one scene, a soldier played by "Hostel" director Eli Roth beats a Nazi with a baseball bat, which the critic said splattered "Nazi-brain blood all over me and my script, even though I was a good 15 to 20 feet away."

The New York Post quoted an insider as saying about "Basterds:" "The Nazis really get their comeuppance. It's a big change from all the downbeat Holocaust films over the holidays."

A number of World War II-themed movies were released at the end of 2008, including "The Reader," "Valkyrie," "Defiance," "Good," "Adam Resurrected" and "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas."

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