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Revenge of the Dead (1983)

Zeder (original title)
R | | Horror | January 1985 (USA)
Stefano, a young journalist, buys a used typewriter and accidentally sees that some text is still readable on the ribbon. He manages to reconstruct the story of a scientist, Paolo Zeder, ... See full summary »

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Pupi Avati

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Pupi Avati (story), Pupi Avati (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gabriele Lavia ... Stefano
Anne Canovas ... Alessandra
Paola Tanziani Paola Tanziani ... Gabriella Goodman
Cesare Barbetti Cesare Barbetti ... Dr. Meyer
Bob Tonelli Bob Tonelli ... Mr. Big
Ferdinando Orlandi Ferdinando Orlandi ... Giovine - faux Don Luigi
Enea Ferrario Enea Ferrario ... Mirko
John Stacy John Stacy ... Professor Chesi
Alex Partexano Alex Partexano ... Police Lt. Guido Silvestri (as Alessandro Partexano)
Marcello Tusco Marcello Tusco ... Doctor Melis
Aldo Sassi Aldo Sassi ... Don Mario
Veronica Moriconi ... Young Gabriella
Enrico Ardizzone ... Benni
Maria Teresa Tofano Maria Teresa Tofano ... Anna
Andrea Montuschi Andrea Montuschi ... Inspector Bouffet
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Storyline

Stefano, a young journalist, buys a used typewriter and accidentally sees that some text is still readable on the ribbon. He manages to reconstruct the story of a scientist, Paolo Zeder, who in the 1950's discovered that some types of terrain have the power to revive the dead that are buried in them. Stefano's investigations bring him in contact with a group of renegade scientists that are still making experiments to prove Zeder's theories. Written by Giancarlo Cairella <vertigo@imdb.com>

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They rise at night. See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Italy]

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

January 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Revenge of the Dead See more »

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Budget:

ITL500,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The abandoned building in the later scenes is the Colonia Varese hotel complex in Milano Marittima, Italy. Opened as a fascist-era holiday complex in 1938, it closed two years later after the outbreak of World War II. After being used as a prison and hospital for Germany troops, lay abandoned since the 1950s, and at the time of writing (2019) is still standing. See more »

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When first victim is on the autopsy table, she can be seen breathing very clearly. See more »

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Referenced in Birth of the Living Dead (2013) See more »

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interesting, not astounding
10 January 2013 | by bradleybean86See all my reviews

If you were referred to this movie via a search for a classic 'zombie' action/gore-er and are expecting something fast paced with a lot of cool deaths that border on action over drama and mystery - you've been misled by the title. I'm not sure the director intended us to receive this as a 'Dead/Zombi' type title, but it seems that it was marketed over here that way (and who can blame them?)

It's a pretty moderate to slow paced mystery that borrows a lot and innovates a tad (can't expect any more.) There are some cool sequences of discovering various types of secret doors inside dated structures etc. Don't expect it to be anywhere as engrossing or epic as Inferno, but in that same spirit.

What lucio fulci or argento would have done differently is probably added depth to this not by trying to overcomplicate the plot but to add in some truly scary horror elements that involve either on screen or implied brutality from the antagonist(s) that we are unquestionably convinced that they are evil and malicious. A little over the top kill or two only makes the seemingly serious parts 'seem' more serious but makes the movie more of an exciting coaster rather than the not so exciting unfold events that take place here.

No cool 'creatures' 'killers' or anything of that nature. I suppose the idea is to creep us out but too many other movies (even 10-20 years older than this) had already gone above and beyond what this movie is trying to do years later. So even though it's 3 years older than me, I must say as an 80's child that this doesn't hold up anywhere near the other true giallo titles. And always keep in mind, ratings are numbers and never let them discourage you from seeing something you're interested in; if not just to appreciate other titles more !


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