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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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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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Perfectly entertaining.
1 December 2010 | by (Groningen, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Basically all of these German movies based on the Edgar Wallace novels are being pretty silly and even bad ones but thing about them it that they are being so (delibertatly) silly that it actually does work out as great entertainment.

The psychedelic '60's was nearing its end, so so was this movie series, featuring the Inspektor Higgins characters. And I'm also glad because of that, since there is no way really that this type of movie would had worked out in any other decade than the '60's. It's perfectly silly and laid back all, as if it simply doesn't seem to worry about the fact that it's being a pretty silly and bad movie.

Germans are not exactly know for their great humor but there are of course some exception here and there. And this movie does really feature some amusing comedy, that is being quite cheap and predictable but it works out thanks to its fine timing and the handling by its actors. The actors all play their roles as straight as possible, which is often something that can strengthen a movie its comedy actually.

As for the movie and story itself; it really is being a very typical crime/mystery movie, in which a murdered needs to be literally unmasked. There is really nothing specular or special about any of it and some moment really don't make that much sense but at least it has a pretty cool killer; a person in a skeleton costume that kills people with his poisonous ring. But really, it just isn't the story that makes this movie such an effective and fun one to watch; it simply is its '60's atmosphere and tone throughout the movie, combined with fine humor and plenty of deliberately silly moments.

Simply effective as some great entertainment.


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