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The Zombie Walks (1968)
"Im Banne des Unheimlichen" (original title)

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A serial killer who calls himself "The Laughing Corpse" dresses up in a skeleton costume and kills his victims with a poison-filled scorpion-shaped ring.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joachim Fuchsberger ...
Siw Mattson ...
Peggy Ward
Wolfgang Kieling ...
Sir Cecil
Pinkas Braun ...
The Stranger
Claude Farell ...
Peter Mosbacher ...
Siegfried Rauch ...
Dr. Brand
Otto Stern ...
Mr. Merryl
Renate Grosser ...
Mrs. Potter
Hans Krull ...
Mr. Potter
Lillemor 'Lill' Lindfors ...
Sabrina (as Lil Lindfors)
Ilse Pagé ...
Miss Finley
Edith Schneider ...
Professor Bound
Wolfgang Spier ...
Ewa Strömberg ...
Library Clerk


A serial killer who calls himself "The Laughing Corpse" dresses up in a skeleton costume and kills his victims with a poison-filled scorpion-shaped ring.

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Release Date:

26 April 1968 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

The Hand of Power  »

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Sound Mix:

(Klangfilm Eurocord-Magnetocord)



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Alfred Vohrer provided the voice of the "laughing skull" himself. See more »


Featured in Pastewka: Die Strategie der Schnecke (2006) See more »


The Space of today
Performed by Lillemor 'Lill' Lindfors
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Back from the crypt
14 June 2008 | by (Hamburg, Germany) – See all my reviews

At the burial of Sir Oliver, witnesses hear a terrible laughter, and quickly the rumour spreads that Sir Oliver returned from the dead - as a walking skeleton. His brother Cecil (Wolfgang Kieling) soon suffers from persecution mania, because everybody he knows seems to be the target of an (attempted or successful) assassination. Inspector Higgins (Joachim Fuchsberger) has no clue why, but reporter Peggy Ward (Siw Mattson) pushes the investigation a bit with her reckless curiosity.

The cast also includes Hubert von Meyerinck as Sir Arthur, clearly trying to make a difference from his predecessor Schürenberg with little human touches such as his musical interests, Pinkas Braun in a typical twisted role as a man who could be a bad guy as well as a good guy, and Lil Lindfors who gets to sing a great song whose lines ("I wanna feel my heart beat") seem quite ironic if you consider it's all about a "zombie". The undead may look a bit silly on still photos, but believe me, it's scary enough in the film. It inspired the title character of the comedy "Der Wixxer" (2004). Something that didn't work was the make-up for Ramiro: he looks green like a Martian, not olive like a Creole. Nonetheless, tremendous entertainment!

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