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The Plague of the Zombies (1966)

Approved  |   |  Horror  |  12 January 1966 (USA)
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Young workers are dying because of a mysterious epidemic in a little village in Cornwall. Doctor Thompson is helpless and asks professor James Forbes for help. The professor and his ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sir James Forbes
Diane Clare ...
Sylvia Forbes
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Dr. Peter Tompson
Jacqueline Pearce ...
Alice Mary Tompson
John Carson ...
Squire Clive Hamilton
Alexander Davion ...
Denver (as Alex Davion)
Michael Ripper ...
Sergeant Jack Swift
Marcus Hammond ...
Tom Martinus
Dennis Chinnery ...
Constable Christian
Louis Mahoney ...
Coloured Servant
Roy Royston ...
Vicar
Ben Aris ...
John Martinus
Tim Condren ...
A young blood (as Tim Condron)
Bernard Egan ...
A young blood
Norman Mann ...
A young blood
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Young workers are dying because of a mysterious epidemic in a little village in Cornwall. Doctor Thompson is helpless and asks professor James Forbes for help. The professor and his daughter Sylvia travel to Thomson. Terrible things happen soon, beyond imagination or reality. Dead people are seen near an old, unused mine. Late people seem to live suddenly. Professor Forbes presumes that black magic is involved and someone has extraordinary power. He doesn't know how close he is: the dead become alive because of a magic voodoo-ritual, and so they must serve their master as mindless zombies... Written by Matthias Luehr <mluehr@htwm.de>

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Filmed back-to-back with The Reptile (1966), using many of the same sets, most noticeably the main village set on the back lot at Bray Studios. See more »

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Immediately after Alice's death, Jacqueline Pearce blinks. See more »

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Sir James Forbes: I, I find all kinds of witchcraft slightly nauseating and this I find absolutely disgusting.
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Doesn't work as well today, but impressive and original nonetheless
23 October 2011 | by See all my reviews

Known for being the first movie to introduce zombies as flesh eating ghouls (before Night Of The Living Dead did it), this low-budget Hammer movie doesn't really have a lot to offer.

We start with a creepy underground voodoo ritual, unintelligible chanting and blood dropping on a doll, and a woman waking up and reciting the same chant. We learn later that the woman is an old friend of the protagonist, played with expression by Diane Clare. Her father and her go to a small British village, to visit the woman and her husband, a doctor (and former student of the old man) who is struggling with the skepticism of the village people on letting him perform an autopsy on any of the many recently deceased. The last noteworthy character is the Squire Clive Hamilton, a rich and mysterious man.

Hamilton's men kidnap Ms. Forbes (Clare), and take her to his home, where they begin to torture her mentally, but the charming Squire comes to the rescue, and from there on, attempts to spark a relationship with her.

Of course not everything's what it seems, and soon enough Mrs. Forbes' friend dies, murdered by a decomposing man. While her father and the doctor investigate, she learns that Mr. Hamilton might be the cause of her friend's death, and that she might be next.

While quite original for its time, for me it didn't work as well, because, well, I've watched a lot of movies that pull the same tricks before seeing this. The look of the zombies is easily surpassed by that of Night Of The Living Dead, which was made only a year later, and the acting is average at best, the standoff being Clare and André Morell, who plays her father. The mystery is easy to figure out 30minutes in the movie, but it's still a very original movie for it's time, and you can see that it was made with a lot of love for the genre.


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