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The Walking Dead (1936)

Approved | | Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi | 14 March 1936 (USA)
After hapless pianist and ex-con John Elman is framed for murder, he is resurrected by a scientist after his execution.

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Judge Shaw (as Joseph King)
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A gang of racketeers frames down-on-his-luck John Elman for murder. After a trial finds him guilty, evidence is brought forth proving his innocence, but it is too late and he is executed anyway. A doctor sees an opportunity to use an experimental procedure to restore him to life but is that entirely possible? Desirable? Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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See science bring an electrocuted convict back to life...with supernatural powers to rub out one by one the killers who sent him to the chair! (re-release print ad) See more »

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Crime | Horror | Sci-Fi

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Den døde vender tilbage  »

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$217,000 (estimated)
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The $500,000 John Ellman wins in his lawsuit against the state would be the equivalent of over $8,550,000 in 2015. See more »

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When they lower the glass box over the "dead" Karloff, before he is resuscitated, his right eye blinks. See more »

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John Ellman: [Responding to Beaumont's questions while dying] Leave the dead to their makers. The Lord, thy God is a jealous god.
Dr. Evan Beaumont: [Feeling a sense of urgency] But, John, what is death? Can't you put it into words? Tell me! Tell me! You must! what is death?
John Ellman: I think I can...
[after a pause]
John Ellman: After the shock...
Dr. Evan Beaumont: Yes?
John Ellman: I seemed to feel...
Dr. Evan Beaumont: Yes?
John Ellman: ...peace and a...
[He dies]
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Unique horror/gangster film
26 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

This is a one of a kind--combination horror/gangster! Karloff (who's just incredible) is bought back from the dead after being wrongfully executed and takes revenge on those who set him up. It's basically a gangster film until the last half hour--then the scary stuff kicks in. The film is VERY short (70 minutes) and moves quickly. It's intelligent (although bringing a person back from the dead after they've been electrocuted is a stretch!), very well-directed (effective use of shadows and camera angles) but the main reason to watch is Karloff. He never received the attention he deserved because he made horror films, which are still looked down upon. He was a wonderful actor and in this movie gives one of his best performances ("The Black Room" is probably THE best he ever gave). Just check out his expression after he "kills" the men he goes after. Excellent job. A perfect "B" movie. Don't miss it! I don't believe this is on video (I saw it on TCM), so if you get a chance, SEE IT! You won't be disappointed!


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