Monsters (1988–1990)
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The Hole 

During the Vietnam War, two US marines and their allied South Vietnamese guide end up trapped in the maze of underground Vietcong tunnels haunted by the undead restless spirits of the soldiers killed in the war.

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David Severeid

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Haskell Barkin, Wayne Berwick (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Ahmad Rashad ... Sergeant Kenner
Antone Pagán ... Corporal Torres (as Antone Pagan)
Glenn Kubota ... Lieutenant
Mitchell McCormack Mitchell McCormack ... Zombie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Guy Helson Guy Helson ... Zombie
Ray 'Boom Boom' Mancini ... Zombie
Sherry Pagán Sherry Pagán ... Vietcong Corpse Zombie
Jorge Umberto Quevedo Jorge Umberto Quevedo ... Vietcong Corpse Zombie
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During the Vietnam War, American soldiers Sergeant Kenner (Ahmad Rashad) and Corporal Torres and a South Vietnamese lieutenant blast their way into an underground base and series of tunnels operated by the Viet Cong (VC). They discover a horribly wounded guerrilla, who tells them that the VC tunneled through an old burial ground, and now the dead want vengeance. The VC dies before he can say any more. The men become unnerved and panic as they encounter booby-traps left by the VC, and soon start shooting at everything. But there might be something worth shooting at.

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4 November 1990 (USA) See more »

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Dragged down into the grave...

I am quite inclined to wholeheartedly agree that this is one of the best, most scariest episodes of the fun but uneven series that was Monsters. It is what it is, the story and set-up are simple and to the point but highly effective, a group of American soldiers fighting in Vietnam enter a death trap excavated out of a grave site by the enemy and find themselves prey for something that their bullets can't kill, and entombed within a maze that they can never hope to escape from alive... They are picked off one by one by terrors from beyond the grave, and all you ever learn about why is when an injured soldier reveals that, in their efforts to dig out a fortress to trap and confuse their enemy, the VietCong, dug their tunnels too deep and awakened something evil and angry at being disturbed from its grave... I love the authentic feel and claustrophobic tone that comes from the oppressive atmosphere and visuals of the environment, which mostly just consists of underground tunnels of earth, dust roots and amber lighting. But like most of the time with horror the less is more approach really works fantastically and creates a genuinely eerie tone of creeping dread. It didn't feel as low-budget as the majority of other episodes from this show, and the look of it wasn't much but it was a distinctive look and it soon had me gripped until the end. I love the music, it sounded like something you'd get in a really fun rockin' 80s zombie movie, like perhaps Day of the Dead! And I absolutely loved the design and makeup effects work done on the zombies, who just looked fantastic, they looked just like real skeletons caked in dirt and the screeching noises they made were so chilling! I even liked the bad ending which saw the last survivor who thinks that he's finally crawled his way out of the nightmare and back to the light of day, pulled back into the grim depths by many skeletal hands... Excellently put together episode, I love the momentum, atmosphere and superb makeup effects, it's a real series highlight.


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