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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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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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The house where the film was shot belonged to J.L.D. Morrison, who played enemy agent Brandt. See more »

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Remade as Frankenstein Island (1981) See more »

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I don't believe I'll ever forget the unexpectedly disorienting affect "Teenage Zombies" had on me
29 December 2006 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

"Teenage Zombies" is a bad movie. Make that an absolutely horrible movie. It isn't as bad as "The Beast of Yucca Flats", but that's not saying too much. Jerry Warren was one of the worst directors ever. The man had absolutely no clue on how to keep up a pace. This isn't even his worst film (I actually sat through "The Wild World of Batwoman" and "The Incredible Petrified World"). The man seemed to have no idea on how to craft some degree of tension or suspense. His films aren't even that funny, which is the main draw for many folks to b-movies. "Teenage Zombies" suffers from all these problems, yet for some reason I've never been able to forget it.

It all achieves a sense of unintentional surrealism due to the sheer ineptitude of it all. The bargain basement sets, the "zombie" which is just a guy rolling his eyes upward, the sexless teens, the sheer implausibility of the script, the awkward silences throughout, and the standard explanation for the horror being perpetrated by Russian spies. All of this seems so fabricated and yet so bizarre, like your most severe fever dream. Even without the supernatural elements, the film resembles absolutely nothing in reality. I'm not sure if this is exactly a recommendation, but I don't believe I'll ever forget the unexpectedly disorienting affect "Teenage Zombies" had on me. (3/10)


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