‘Some secrets won’t go to the grave’
Nazi Vengeance – aka Backtrack: Nazi Regression – is a 2014 British-Irish horror film directed by Tom Sands (The Holly Kane Experiment) from a screenplay by Mick Sands. It stars Mark Drake, Sophie Barker, Rosie Akerman and Miles Jovian.
Ralph is a 26 year-old regional journalist who has been having recurring nightmares in German. To help him understand his troubling dreams, his friend Claudia, a 22 year-old hippie, uses her undeveloped psychic powers to give him a profound past-life regression, which floods his mind with memories of being a Nazi commando on a mission on the South Downs in 1940.
When his visions of that past existence begin to take shape in his current reality, Ralph starts to investigate. In the hope of piecing together his previous life, he goes on a camping trip to the locations he saw in his regression.
He is accompanied by Claudia and their respective partners, Andrea and Lucas, who are much more interested in each other than reincarnation. What none of them realise is that the past Ralph is trying to find is now stalking them, and plans to exact a terrible revenge on all four campers for crimes committed nearly seventy years ago…
“There’s lots of interesting flourishes in the visuals […] and although hardly seen until the climax, veteran Julian Glover is as fabulous as one would expect. It could possibly be a little too talky for some audiences, but worth giving a go if adventurous, thoughtful horror is your bag.” Martin Unsworth, Starburst
“Sands has admitted that he’s not very familiar with the horror genre, and that seems to be at the root of a number of the film’s problems. It’s pitched as an intelligent contribution to the genre but is mostly quite routine stuff. Julian Glover has fun as the villain…” Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film
” …an ambitious first film from a director with big ideas but its obvious limitations make the end result feel very underdeveloped and unsatisfactory. If Tom Sands could capture those inventive moments and apply them to a narrative that trimmed away the fat and kept things moving along at a nippier pace then the rest may fall into place but as it is Backtrack: Nazi Regression’s moments of promise are few and far between.” Chris Ward, Flickering Myth
” …if you can suspend your disbelief in favour of the story, you will be rewarded with a weird tale of crime and punishment where the lines between good and evil are more than just a little blurry, carried by an atmospheric directorial effort (also helped by wonderful locations), a decent ensemble cast, with the occasional piece of explicit violence thrown in just for good measure.” Mike Haberfelner, Search My Trash
- Mark Drake
- Sophie Barker
- Rosie Akerman
- Miles Jovian
- Julian Glover
- Callie Moore
- Jon Bartlett
- Alexi Parkin
- Mia E.M. Chamberlain
- Jj Borrett
- Jesse Kidd Moore
- Mick Smith
- Stephen Carr
- René Zimmermann
Brighton, East Sussex, England
The Eight Bells pub, Jevington, East Sussex, England
Duncannon Fort, County Wexford, Ireland
The film’s original title was Backtrack.