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Revolt of the Zombies (1936)

Approved | | Adventure, Horror | 4 June 1936 (USA)
An international expedition is sent into Cambodia to destroy an ancient formula that turns men into zombies.

Director:

Victor Halperin
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dorothy Stone ... Claire Duval
Dean Jagger ... Armand Louque
Roy D'Arcy ... Gen. Mazovia
Robert Noland Robert Noland ... Clifford Grayson
George Cleveland ... Gen. Duval
E. Alyn Warren ... Dr. Trevissant (as E. Alyn 'Fred' Warren)
Carl Stockdale ... Ignacio / Max MacDonald
William Crowell ... Priest Tsiang
Teru Shimada ... Buna
Adolph Milar Adolph Milar ... Gen. von Schelling (as Adolph Millard)
Sana Rayya Sana Rayya ... Dancer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bela Lugosi ... The Eyes (archive footage)
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Storyline

On the Franco-Austrian Frontier during WW I, an oriental priest, chaplain of a French colonial regiment, is condemned to life imprisonment because he possesses the power of turning men into zombies. As the priest,in his prison cell, is preparing to burn the parchment containing the location of the secret formula, Colonel Mazovia kills the priest and takes the partially-burned parchment. Fade to after the war to an expedition of representatives from all the Allied countries (only those with colonial interests it appears) being sent to Cambodia to find and destroy forever the Secret of the Zombies. The group includes Colonel Mazovia (somewhat akin to sending the fox to guard the hen house); a student of dead languages, Armand Louque; Englishman Clifford Grayson; and General Duval and his daughter Claire. Armand falls in love with Claire, who accepts his proposal of marriage in order to spite Clifford whom she really loves. Later, when Claire, following an accident, runs to Cliff for ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Adventure | Horror

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 June 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Revolt of the Demons See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecast took place in New York City Thursday 19 January 1950 on the DuMont Television Network's WABD (Channel 5). See more »

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When Armand, who has been following a native wading through water, steps from the water to steps, his pants are dry when they should have been wet. See more »

Quotes

Ignacio MacDonald: You've done a terrible thing to her.
Armand Louque: Is it so terrible to fight for and to get the one thing in this world that you want?
Ignacio MacDonald: Not if you played a gentleman's game.
Armand Louque: I don't like sermons.
Ignacio MacDonald: Nor, perhaps, the truth?
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It will BORE you to death!
12 January 2005 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Ever since the cinema-loving universe made acquaintance with a guy named George A. Romero, the word "zombie" automatically gets associated with blood-soaked horror images and non-stop acting sequences. It's safe to say that his "Night of the Living Dead" formed the zombie movie as we know it now. Yet, in the earliest years of cinema, the premise of reanimated corpses was merely used in slow, nearly action-less psychological thrillers. Jacques Tourneur's "I walked with a Zombie" is a perfect example and so is "White Zombie", starring Bela Lugosi. This "Revolt of the Zombies" could have been another example but unfortunately it's a failure over the entire line and easily one of the most tedious movies I ever saw. Dreadful acting, a very poorly written screenplay and a complete lack of atmosphere and tension! The film only lasts 65 minutes and yet the first half hour is entirely wasted on stupid love-story intrigues and unexciting monologues. The setting in the legendary Cambodian city of Angkor surely could have resulted in a more compelling story but all we ever see are interior shots. The lead actress (Dorothy Stone, textbook blonde with curly hair and an ugly nose) irritated me enormously and I kept hoping a ravenous undead would suddenly appear out of nowhere to devour her. Unlucky again…. If you manage to struggle yourself through 60 soporific minutes, you'll be rewarded with a fairly decent finale. Still, this is far too little to give this film a positive rating, let alone a recommendation. Avoid! This is the type of movie you should only see in case you already saw everything else.


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