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The Dead Don't Die (1975)

In the 1930s, a sailor trying to prove that his brother was wrongly executed for murder finds himself becoming drawn in the occult world.

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Don Drake
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Vera LaValle
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Levenia
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Police Lt. Reardon
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Frankie Specht
Reggie Nalder ...
Perdido
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Jim Moss
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Ralph Drake
Milton Parsons ...
Frazier--Funeral Home Receptionist
William O'Connell ...
Priest
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Miss Adrian
Brendan Dillon ...
Prison Chaplain (as Brendon Dillon)
Russ Grieve ...
Prison Guard (as Russ Grieves)
Bill Smillie ...
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The story begins in the Illinois State Penitentiary where Ralph Drake is about to be executed for the murder of his wife. At Ralph's request, his brother, Don, sets out to clear his name and find the real murderer. It's a search that takes him into a nightmarish world where no one can be trusted. Don first seeks out Ralph's former employer, Moss, who runs a sleazy marathon dance hall, and enlists his help in finding the murderer. Then Don encounters Vera LaValle who warns him that he is in mortal danger because he is close to uncovering the insidious plan of a man called Varek - the Zombie Master. Learning that his own brother Ralph is a zombie, Don tries to warn the authorities. But will anyone believe him? Written by Leo Urbina

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14 January 1975 (USA)  »

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Die Toten sterben nicht  »

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Perdido: Mr Drake! I have been waiting for you!
Don Drake: Perdito?
Perdido: Perdito is dead! His body is merely an instrument through which I speak. The dead are my children!
Don Drake: [Appalled] Children? Who are you?
Perdido: Who am I? I am... Varrick!
[Reaches up from coffin and grabs Drake by the throat]
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My brother is a zombie...and no one believes me!
1 November 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"The Dead Don't Die" is set in the 1930s. When the film begins, Don Drake (George Hamilton) is visiting with his brother...just before the brother is to be executed for a murder he insists he didn't commit. He begs Don to investigate the killing and find the real murderer. As for Don, he was in the Navy and couldn't help until now...and he's committed to finding the truth. The trail leads to some weird places...and during his investigation he gets a glimpse of his dead brother walk about town! He chases him but the zombie-fied brother escapes. The trail leads to a zombie master named Varek---and Varek is intent on killing Don! What is going on here?!

In many ways, this film is like a 1940s horror film--but in color and made for television. It has a super-creepy atmosphere, over the top characters and features a villain who was surprisingly easy to defeat at the end. Combine this with few nice supporting actors (Ray Milland, Joan Blondell and Ralph Meeker) and you've got a film that's stupid but very enjoyable! Worth seeing but don't try to think too much when you watch!


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