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Teenage Zombies (1960)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 15 April 1960 (USA)
A crazed female scientist uses nerve gas to turn local teenagers into her unquestioning slaves.

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Cast overview:
Don Sullivan ...
Regg
Katherine Victor ...
Dr. Myra
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Whorf
Paul Pepper ...
Skip
Brianne Murphy ...
Pam (as Bri Murphy)
Mitzie Albertson ...
Julie (as Mitzi Alpertson)
Jay Hawk ...
Morrie
Nan Green ...
Dotty
J.L.D. Morrison ...
Brandt
Mike Concannon ...
Sheriff
Chuck Niles ...
Ivan
Don Neeley ...
Major Coleman (as Don Neely)
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Teenagers Reg, Skip, Julie and Pam go out for an afternoon of water skiing on a nice day. They come ashore on an island that is being used as a testing center for a scientist and agents from "an eastern power." They seek to turn the people of the United States into easily controlled zombie like creatures. The agents steal Reg's boat, stranding the teens on the island. The four friends are then held captive in cages able only to speculate on their fate. Though they have already been testing the formula on convicts and drunks, the enemy scientist and agents plan to conduct final tests on the teens before they use it on the rest of America. Meanwhile, two of their friends, whom the captives had planned to meet later, search for their missing friends. After a series of suspicious encounters, they urge the corrupt sheriff to search the island where their friends are trapped. Written by Jim Cobb <gymcobb@azstarnet.com>

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Filmed took place in California's Larchmont Studios in late 1956, but not released for over two years. See more »

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Remade as Frankenstein Island (1981) See more »

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One of the better Jerry Warren films
29 October 2006 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

The film is the work of Jerry Warren a schlock king who churned out a bunch of low budget films over the years aimed at capitalizing on the hot horror market. Most of Warren's films are really bad, but they made money thanks to cheapness of cost, and clever titles (Teenage Zombies, Attack of the Mayan Mummy, Wild World of the Bat Woman) that often promised more than they delivered. Occasionally Warren would take an foreign feature, cut the heart of it out and replace it with long static scenes. Amazingly this is one of the few wholly original films that Warren unleashed and it it is almost unlike most of his other snoozers in that its actually watchable.

The plot has US agents searching for a gang of foreign agents are conducting mind control experiments on a small island. As the agents stumble around unable to find them, the bad guys end up battling a group of teens who stumble upon them and their lair.

Far from a great film this is a goofy little flick that was designed for the teenage drive in audiences. Its a low budget treat that has a sense of how ridiculous it all is. It doesn't take it self seriously, which helps a great deal. (Of course I could be wrong and be over praising it since its probably the one Warren film that doesn't stink completely.) Recommended if you're doing a multiple feature horror night at the movies of drive-in style fare.


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