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1 June 1975 (USA) See more »
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One of the best zombie films ever made. See more »
Plot:
A cop chases two hippies suspected of a series of Manson family-like murders; unbeknownst to him, the real culprits are the living dead, brought to life with a thirst for human flesh by chemical pesticides being used by area farmers. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Cristina Galbó ... Edna Simmonds (as Christine Galbo)
Ray Lovelock ... George Meaning

Arthur Kennedy ... The Inspector
Aldo Massasso ... Detective Sgt. Kinsey
Giorgio Trestini ... PC Craig
Roberto Posse ... Benson
José Lifante ... Martin West (as Jose Ruiz Lifante)
Jeannine Mestre ... Katie West
Gengher Gatti ... Keith
Fernando Hilbeck ... Guthrie Wilson
Vera Drudi ... Mary
Vicente Vega ... Dr. Duffield
Francisco Sanz ... Perkins
Paul Benson ... Wood
Anita Colby ... Nurse
Joaquín Hinojosa ... Autopsy Doctor
Vito Salier ... Naked Man
Isabel Mestres ... Telephonist

Directed by
Jorge Grau 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Juan Cobos  uncredited
Sandro Continenza 
Marcello Coscia 
Miguel Rubio  uncredited

Produced by
Edmondo Amati .... producer
Manuel Pérez .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Giuliano Sorgini 
 
Cinematography by
Francisco Sempere 
 
Film Editing by
Domingo García 
Vincenzo Tomassi 
 
Production Design by
Carlo Leva 
 
Art Direction by
Rafael Ferri 
 
Makeup Department
Carboni .... wig maker
Giannetto De Rossi .... makeup artist
Rocchetti .... wig maker
 
Production Management
Felice D'Alisera .... production manager
Julio Parra .... unit manager
Giuliano Principato .... unit manager
Manuel Pérez .... production manager (as Manolo Pérez)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gianni Arduini .... assistant director (as Giovanni Arduini)
 
Sound Department
Nick Alexander .... dubbing editor
Antonio Cárdenas .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Juan Antonio Balandín .... special effects
Luciano Byrd .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Giannetto De Rossi .... special optical effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Enzo Frattari .... camera operator
Ramón Sempere .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carmen de la Casa .... seamstress
 
Music Department
Giuliano Sorgini .... conductor
 
Other crew
Eva Del Castillo .... continuity
Julio Parra .... production supervisor
 

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Also Known As:
"Non si deve profanare il sonno dei morti" - Italy (original title)
"The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue" - UK, USA
"Do Not Speak Ill of the Dead" - International (English title) (literal title)
"Don't Open the Window" - USA
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Runtime:
Italy:95 min | Spain:93 min | USA:85 min (R-rated version) | USA:93 min (unrated version)
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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The film's strange music score is partially made of moaning and breathing noises. It was director Jorge Grau who made these eerie sounds, as well as those for the zombies.See more »
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Continuity: During the zombie attack scene on the hospital stairway, a zombie has part of his chest sliced off by an ax. In the next shot, that part of his chest is undamaged.See more »
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The Inspector:I wish the dead could come back to life, you bastard, so then I could kill you again.See more »
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27 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Now THIS is a zombie movie!, 15 July 2005
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

I've been a fan of zombie films for pretty much the same amount of time that I've been a fan of films, and I thought I'd seen just about all there is to see from the horror sub-genre. So you can imagine my surprise then when I came across this hidden gem! Let Sleeping Corpses Lie does everything that you would want a zombie film to do; it has gore, shocks, atmosphere, humour, intrigue and a typically thin plot line, which allows the film to put more emphasis on the more important aspects, rather than swamping itself in needless plot details. Of course, the film does somewhat cash in on the success of George Romero's zombie milestone; 'Night of the Living Dead', but really; it's almost impossible for a post-Night zombie film to not have that comment lauded upon it, and Let Sleeping Corpses Lie has enough about it to more than adequately rise above the Night of the Living Dead rip-off's. The classically styled zombie film story follows a group of farmers that create a machine to kill insects with ultra violet rays. However, this contraption does more than it says on the tin, as recently deceased members of the public start popping up, just around the same time that George and Edna; two people that came together after an accident, roll into town.

Ray Lovelock takes the title role, and looks the part as a young London man. His style, along with very over the top dubbed in London accent work a treat, and his performance adds something of a sense of humour to the picture. Christina Galbó has less to do opposite Lovelock, but she does well with what she has and makes for a good heroine. The film starts off rather slowly, but the relaxed pace never makes the film boring, but it does add to the film when the horror really starts; as we're sufficiently on the edge of our seats by then. Director Jorge Grau creates a fabulous atmosphere through his English countryside setting, and I personally thought it made a very nice change for the zombie antics to be set in the English countryside rather than America, as they usually are. Despite the fact that this is an Italian film, the filmmakers have managed to implement a great British feel to the movie, and the movie feels something like a fusion between Italian and Hammer horror. This is certainly a plot line that Hammer would have taken on! The gore in the film is few and far between, but when it's on screen, you'll definitely know about it, as it doesn't exactly hold back! On the whole, I think it's criminal that this film hasn't won itself more recognition. Let Sleeping Corpses Lie is a film that I wont hesitate to name as one of the best zombie films ever made, and it therefore comes with the highest recommendation!

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