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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 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 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 .... sound 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
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Sound Mix:
Mono | Stereo (2.0) | DTS

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The films Italian title is "L' Assedio dei morti viventi", which translates to "The Siege of the Living Dead".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 »
Val:Will you quit giving us a play-by-play of your flabby bladder?See more »


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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
The champ of camp, 18 July 2005

I love this movie because it has a sense of humor, but more importantly a sense of style and play that is missing from current American cinema. My guess is that this movie turned out exactly how Bob Clark wanted it. The colors, costumes and performances are great symbols of an early seventies that I remember as a kid. This is the way i remember things looking, only slightly aggrandized. Alan Ormsby is funny, clever and effective as the theatre troupe/cult leader. I'm not sure if the cemetery in Miami is real or not, guessing it is to save money, but it is a perfect setting. Love this movie. CHeck out my for more on zombies.

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