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29 October 1971 (USA) See more »
A cancer researcher on a remote Caribbean island discovers that by treating the natives with snake venom he can turn them into bug-eyed zombies... See more » | Add synopsis »
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William Joyce ... Tom Harris
Heather Hewitt ... Jeannie Biladeau
Walter Coy ... Charles Bentley
Dan Stapleton ... Duncan Fairchild
Betty Hyatt Linton ... Coral Fairchild
Robert Stanton ... Dr. Biladeau
Vanoye Aikens
Rebecca Oliver
Matt King (as Matthew King)
George-Ann Williamson
Don Strawn ... Leader, Calypso Band (as Don Strawn's Calypso Band)

Directed by
Del Tenney 
Writing credits
Del Tenney (written by)

Produced by
Jesse Hartman .... associate producer
Dan Stapleton .... associate producer
Del Tenney .... producer
Original Music by
Lon E. Norman 
Cinematography by
François Farkas (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Lawrence C. Keating  (as Larry Keating)
Casting by
Doris Bernhardt 
Art Direction by
Robert Verberkmoes 
Makeup Department
Guy Del Russo .... makeup artist
Production Management
Mel Pape .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Grefe .... second unit director
Sound Department
Ed Wright .... sound (as Edmund Wright)
Del Tenney .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Leonard De Munde .... assistant camera (as Leonard DeMunde)
Edmund Gibson .... camera operator (as Ed Gibson)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jane Hagerty .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Monte Schwartz .... assistant editor (as Monty Swartz)
Music Department
Lon E. Norman .... conductor
Other crew
Frances Hidden .... production secretary

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Also Known As:
"Zombies" - USA (original title)
"Caribbean Adventure" - , USA (original script title)
"Voodoo Blood Bath" - USA (promotional title)
"Zombie Bloodbath" - International (English title) (imdb display title)
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84 min
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Although the title for was to have been "Zombies", "Zombie" or "Invasion of the Zombies", director Del Tenney used "Caribbean Adventure" as a working title because he didn't want the Key Biscayne residents to know he was making a horror film. At one time "Voodoo Blood Bath" was considered.See more »
Coral Fairchild:Oh Mister Bentley, what a lovely house you have. It's so tropical!See more »
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Referenced in Psychos in Love (1987)See more »


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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
I Eat Your Lunch, 19 January 2010
Author: Steve Nyland (Squonkamatic) from New York, USA

Pretty slick little number here, a way low budget zombie voodoo potboiler filmed on the quick in Florida at the height of the early James Bond craze. Expect lots of palm trees, swept back wayfarer sunglasses, a big brassy orchestra with twangy guitars + bongo drums, boozy bimbos swooning by the pool, and some sort of novel mode of transportation, in this case an airplane that is destroyed in the movie's biggest laugh.

The film concerns itself with a swinging playboy writer who is dispatched to darkest Key West to get to the bottom of some wacky voodoo cult and meets a couple of decent looking dames between stops for cocktails. The natives use a powerful narcotic which transforms them into the living dead and explains the jungle being just a mess after all this time. The damndest thing is that Carey Grant would have felt right at home in this movie, even with the ping pong ball zombie monster makeup.

The movie is awful for sure but it works in some miraculous way, partly due to the fact that it was aware it was an awful movie employing awful actors, using awful cinematography, awful music, and awful script, etc. The good news is that everybody participating was apparently briefed before hand lest any sort of sweeping performances or actual cinematic artfulness sneak past the dime store tiki torches, wet bars, and matching salt + pepper shakers. Some good one liners though, I guess that's harmless enough to allow without tempting anybody to take it too seriously. Then again with a title like that, who can?

It's kitsch, bounding with energy and some decent smarmy humor that will either get on your nerves or catch you with a belly laugh when you aren't expecting one. I like another reader's comment when writing that they had enjoyed this film more than the three A list big budget event films they rented at a Blockbuster: PRECISELY! Yes, that's the spirit! They were able to relax and just watch this god awful no-name movie for what it was -- rather than being primed to have the world saved or the universe explained by Leonardo di Caprio -- and ended up having a pretty good time. Caught them by surprise probably. You can buy it on DVD for a dollar, probably less, and keep it for your very own. Try it.


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