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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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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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When Sir James and Peter are watching Alice's grave, they have to leave to help the vicar who has been attacked. The squire and his men open the grave and reveal Alice's corpse but are disturbed when Sir James and Peter return. As the two watch she transforms into a zombie and crawls out of her grave. But when they arrived back in the cemetery and found the open grave we see Alice for an instant in her coffin and she is already in zombie make up, even though this is before the transformation. 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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methodical Hammer goodness
9 July 2004 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

This is certainly the only movie that I've ever seen involving zombies mining tin instead of consuming living flesh. It's actually quite a nice change of pace to see a cerebral zombie flick, though - one that relies on mystery and characterization instead of torrents of gore. As usual for a Hammer movie, the cast consists of cool character actors who could out-perform a good half of our current big stars. Andre Morell is great as our concerned hero, John Carson makes a suitably sleazy villain, and veteran Hammer guest star Michael Ripper gets one of his meatiest, most memorable roles. A solid flick, if not terribly fast-paced or gripping. It's fun to summarize the plot to your friends when you're drunk (it's about zombies...mining TIN!)


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