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Garden of the Dead (1972)

Convicts on a chain gang sniff expermental formaldehyde fumes to get high. They attempt a prison break and are shot down by the guards. Buried in the prison garden, they rise from the dead,... See full summary »




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Philip Kenneally ...
Warden (as Phil Kenneally)
Duncan McLeod ...
Dr. Saunders (as Duncan McCloud)
John Dullaghan ...
Sgt. Burns
Susan Charney ...
Carol Johnson
Paul Johnson
Tony Vorno ...
Jerome Guardino ...
Lee Frost ...
James Lemp ...
Coler (as Eric Stern)
Phil Hoover ...
Carmen Filpi ...
Jack Driscoll
Tod Mantilla


Convicts on a chain gang sniff expermental formaldehyde fumes to get high. They attempt a prison break and are shot down by the guards. Buried in the prison garden, they rise from the dead, killing all in thier path with shovels and hoes who get in thier way for thier quest to get high once more off the formaldehyde. Written by Humberto Amador

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13 September 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tomb of the Undead  »

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Attack of the Formaldehyde Addicts
23 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An escaped chain gang get hooked on a strange brand of formaldehyde-only to be shot dead. This formaldehyde has a strange effect though, as they come back as ticked off zombies.

"Garden of the Dead" is a movie obviously influenced by the far superior "Night of the Living Dead", though it's still a watchable slice of 70's horror/exploitation cheese. Sure, the music doesn't fit, the movie's premise, while not as dumb as say, "The Corpse Grinders", is still incredibly stupid, people do dumb things, and it's poorly acted.

That out of the way, nobody is watching a movie like "Garden of the Dead" for high artistic aspirations. They are watching it because it's laughably bad, but not unwatchable, and oddly enduring in it's own stupid way. Besides, they don't make movies like this anymore, and it kind of makes one wish they did.

That's all in all why I can't rate this movie. On one hand, it's incompetent and dumb on all levels. On the other hand, you can't help but love the stupidity on display. That's why it defies a proper rating in my opinion.

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