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The Plague of the Zombies (1966)

Approved | | Horror | 12 January 1966 (USA)
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Young workers are dying because of a mysterious epidemic in a little village in Cornwall. Doctor Thompson is helpless and asks professor James Forbes for help. The professor and his ... See full summary »

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John Gilling

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Peter Bryan (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
André Morell ... Sir James Forbes
Diane Clare ... Sylvia Forbes
Brook Williams ... Dr. Peter Tompson
Jacqueline Pearce ... Alice Mary Tompson
John Carson ... Squire Clive Hamilton
Alexander Davion ... Denver (as Alex Davion)
Michael Ripper ... Sergeant Jack Swift
Marcus Hammond Marcus Hammond ... Tom Martinus
Dennis Chinnery Dennis Chinnery ... Constable Christian
Louis Mahoney ... Coloured Servant
Roy Royston Roy Royston ... Vicar
Ben Aris Ben Aris ... John Martinus
Tim Condren Tim Condren ... A young blood (as Tim Condron)
Bernard Barnsley Bernard Barnsley ... A young blood (as Bernard Egan)
Norman Mann ... A young blood
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Young workers are dying because of a mysterious epidemic in a little village in Cornwall. Doctor Thompson is helpless and asks professor James Forbes for help. The professor and his daughter Sylvia travel to Thomson. Terrible things happen soon, beyond imagination or reality. Dead people are seen near an old, unused mine. Late people seem to live suddenly. Professor Forbes presumes that black magic is involved and someone has extraordinary power. He doesn't know how close he is: the dead become alive because of a magic voodoo-ritual, and so they must serve their master as mindless zombies... Written by Matthias Luehr <mluehr@htwm.de>

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Only The Lord Of The Dead Could Unleash Them!

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Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Zombies See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Diane Clare's voice is dubbed in this movie. See more »

Goofs

In the waning moments of the film, a man can be seen whipping the zombies in the mines in order to get them to work faster. During several of his lashes, his whip strikes some of the beams supporting the mine and they wiggle dramatically. This indicates that the beams were not only incapable of supporting the mine, but were also not the sturdy wood they appear to be. See more »

Quotes

Sir James Forbes: I, I find all kinds of witchcraft slightly nauseating and this I find absolutely disgusting.
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Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Zombies (1996) See more »

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That's the Sound of the Men Working in the Chain Gang
4 July 2003 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

John Gilling directs with style and flair in one of his minor masterpieces The Plague of the Zombies. Hammer only made one foray into the zombie sub-genre with this film about a doctor and his daughter paying a visit to a former medical student who has written for help. Apparently in his Cornish village, men and women are dying without explanation and are showing symptoms the doctor cannot diagnose with any real degree of certainty. Of course they soon discover that the bodies are no longer in their caskets and that many of them have been seen AFTER they have died. Gilling effectively films the sequences of action that take place in typical Hammer style with an emphasis on suspense. Although lacking the star power usually attributed to a Hammer production, this film is right up there in terms of great Hammer films. The only "star" is Andre Morrell(you may remember him as Watson in Hammer's The Hound of the Baskervilles). Morrell is quite good and I think he should have been utilized more by the studio than he was. The rest of the cast does a very credible job as well. Gilling's camera is the real treat though as he really shoots several scenes quite effectively. His dream sequence with the zombies tearing the earth from their way out into the open is a classic. Now I know some people will make the inevitable comparison to this and Night of the Living Dead(a film that came AFTER this one). That is understandable using NOTLD as the barometer of all zombie films; however, let me just point out again that this film came before that one and may have aided Romero in some way. Granted there are not a slew of similarities, but Romero may have gleaned something for this production as it is apparent he did from The last Man on Earth and Carnival of Souls. I too wish Hammer had done more with zombie films. they would have given that sub-genre a bit more class than is sometimes associated with it.


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