Crazy action epic Atomic Eden explodes onto our screens and we managed to grab the director Nico Sentner for a chat about his favorite horror film.
Earlier this month ATOMIC EDEN was released widely on all major platforms in the USA. Now the film’s global VOD rollout continues and the Carpenteresque actioner, in the spirit of The Expendables and Assault on Precinct 13, hits VOD in CANADA, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, UK and IRELAND.
Starring American screen legend Fred “The Hammer” Williamson (“From Dusk till Dawn”, VFW), German martial arts sensation Mike Möller (“Arena of the Streetfighter,” “Ultimate Justice”) and Lorenzo Lamas (TV’s “Renegade”) shooting star Everett Ray Aponte (“The Hitman Agency”) Japanese Top Model Hazuki Kato (HBO’s “Grisse”, “In Full Bloom” “Falcon Rising”), Atomic Eden recalls the crackling pulp action of The Expendables, Assault on Precinct 13, The Raid and VFW.
Stoker – “The Leader” (Fred Williamson) is a mercenary with a mission. In order for him to complete this mission, he will have to assemble a team of not only the best in the business; he needs people he can trust. He calls in a few favors and assembles the toughest, most badass group of mercenaries loyalty can buy. With David – “The Fighter” (Mike Möller), Reiko – “The Samurai” (Hazuki Kato), Darwin – “The Texan” (Everett Ray Aponte), Heinrich – “The Priest” (Wolfgang Riehm), John – “The Sniper” (Nico Sentner), Brenner – “The Blade” (Dominik Stark) and Laurie – “The Rookie” (Josephine Hies) by his side, the mission should be a breeze. It quickly turns into an un-winnable battle with eight people battling against eight hundred, all vying for control of a doomsday device lost during World War II. With the odds stacked against them, they’re ready to risk life and limb to save millions of lives.
Director Nico Sentner, known around the world as “the Godfather of Krautsploitation” says in his statement: “From my early childhood, when I was still behind the Iron Curtain, I wanted to become a filmmaker. And I am very pleased that the reunification in my country finally gave me the opportunity to go for my dream.
“I grew up on John Carpenter movies, and he is one of the main reasons why I wanted to become a filmmaker. My favorite film of his is ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13. I also really liked mercenary films like PREDATOR and THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN where each mercenary has their own distinct personality and character. You really didn’t want them to die because you liked the characters so much. Behind the Iron Curtain, there were only a very few films from the West which were allowed and movies that were quite commonly allowed by the East German government were westerns, so THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN was a huge influence on me.
“So, naturally ATOMIC EDEN starts out as a mercenary movie and then it ends up in a single location as an Alamo scenario much like ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13. In modern Hollywood movies I’m nearly always disappointed by all the CGI overkill. I think these effects can take away the magic from a good story, when the focus of the film is purely on the visual effects. It was important for me with ATOMIC EDEN to do everything using practical effects to give it the retro look and feel of the action films from the 80’s and early 90’s we all have watched and loved. Overall it worked out well and we have a great level of practical, in-camera action in the movie. ATOMIC EDEN is my homage to the films that inspired me, and I think it will connect with fans of hardcore martial arts action movies. Enjoy!”
Below Nico Sentner, the director of Atomic Eden talks to us about his favorite horror film:
“There are so many brilliant horror movies, it is very tough to choose just one. But as an avid John Carpenter fan, I was considering going with “PRINCE OF DARKNESS”. I love the atmosphere of this horror classic
and that the whole story was mainly set in one location. Sometimes this is all you need to make a great horror movie. The film is truly one of Carpenter’s masterpieces. However, I have decided to pick an unknown indie
horror flick from New Zealand called “THE UGLY”. To me, this film is one of the most underrated horror films of all time. When I watched “THE UGLY” for the first time, I had no expectations whatsoever. In the end “THE UGLY” blew me away. The film’s narrative was outstandingly brilliant and the twist at the end was one of the creepiest things I have ever seen.”