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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Alan Ormsby ... Alan
Valerie Mamches ... Val
Jeff Gillen ... Jeff (as Jeffrey Gillen)
Anya Ormsby ... Anya
Paul Cronin ... Paul

Jane Daly ... Terry
Roy Engleman ... Roy
Robert Philip ... Emerson
Bruce Solomon ... Winns
Alecs Baird ... Caretaker
Seth Sklarey ... Orville Dunworth
Bob Sherman ... Ghoul (as Robert Sherman)
Curtis Bryant ... Ghoul

William R. 'Bob' Smedley ... Tallest dead thing (as Robert Smedley)
Debbie Cummins ... Ghoul
Peter Burke ... Ghoul
Chester Phebus ... Ghoul
Stuart Mitchell ... Ghoul
Lee J. O'Donnell ... Ghoul (as Leo O'Donnell)
Jack Sohmer ... Ghoul
Sandra Laurie ... Ghoul
Camille MacDonald ... Ghoul
Brendan Kenny ... Ghoul
Jean Clark ... Ghoul
Al McAdams ... Ghoul
Jane McAdams ... Ghoul
Stephanie Solomon ... Ghoul
Carl Richardson ... Ghoul
Jerry Hoffer ... Ghoul
Andy Herbst ... Ghoul
Paula Hoffer ... Ghoul
Trey Ward ... Ghoul
Harry Boehme ... Ghoul
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gordon Gilbert

Directed by
Bob Clark  (as Benjamin Clark)
Writing credits
Alan Ormsby (screenplay collaboration)

Bob Clark (written by) (as Benjamin Clark)

Produced by
Bob Clark .... producer (as Benjamin Clark)
Gary Goch .... producer
Peter James .... executive producer
Ted V. Mikels .... executive producer
Original Music by
Carl Zittrer 
Cinematography by
Jack McGowan (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Gary Goch 
Art Direction by
Forest Carpenter 
Makeup Department
Benita Friedman .... makeup artist
Lee J. O'Donnell .... makeup artist (as Lee James O'Donnell)
Alan Ormsby .... special makeup creator
Judy Whalen .... makeup artist
Production Management
Chris Martell .... production manager
Art Department
Ken Goch .... construction chief (as Kenneth Goch)
Gene McCullum .... construction assistant
David Trimble .... set designer
Sound Department
James B. Clark .... associate sound recordist
Henri Lopez .... re-recording mixer (as Henry Lopez)
Camera and Electrical Department
Randy Franken .... camera operator
Robert Goggins .... gaffer
Tony Gulliver .... still photographer
John McGowan .... assistant camera
Michael McGowan .... director of photography: second unit
Chester Phebus .... gaffer
Other crew
Joe Bonvosu .... production assistant
Mike Harris .... production assistant
Sandra Marley .... script supervisor (as Sandy Ulosevich)
Oliver Rish .... production assistant

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Also Known As:
"Revenge of the Living Dead" - USA (reissue title)
"Things from the Dead" - USA (reissue title)
"Things from the Grave" - USA (reissue title)
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87 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono | Stereo (2.0) | DTS

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Director Bob Clark shot this film back to back with Dead of Night (1974) as part of a two picture deal. Both films were shot in Florida and featured several of the same cast members.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Alan claims the book of spells etc is in a direct line from the Druids, but the Druids never had a written language.See more »
Paul:You mean this whole thing was a gag?
Alan:No, these are couple of real ghouls! They've just had a change of heart!
Emerson:Yeah, we're trying to go straight!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Mad Ron's Prevues from Hell (1987) (V)See more »


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14 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Kill these people quick, 11 November 2002
Author: horrorbargainbin ( from hollywood, CA

Wow, what an annoying cast of characters. I can't stand their sarcasm and wit. Ormsby, a semi-major player in the horror world, plays the most unbearable jerk. The film looks great (sets and make-up). I might have honestly enjoyed it more with the sound off so I could not hear the endless bickering. The ultra-gay characters don't work either.

It's not until late in the film that we see zombie action. It's more 'Night of the Living Dead' inspired than any zombie film I have ever seen. Everything I liked about the climax (zombies surround the house) was done better and first in 'NOTLD'.

The twisted stuff like Ormsby in bed with the corpse and the disturbed wife is all ruined by how constantly irritating the characters are. Another major set back is that the victims don't become zombies themselves after dying. If you are going to rip-off 'NOTLD', you might as well go all out. See this only if you've already seen all the Romero zombie movies and all the Italian zombie movies and are in serious need of a zombie fix.

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