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Let Sleeping Corpses Lie -- A couple (Ray Lovelock and Cristina Galbo) travelling along the English countryside stop to get directions from a pair of Ministry of Agriculture workers testing an experimental device designed to drive insects into killing each other.

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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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The most overlooked and underrated zombie film ever See more (92 total) »

Cast

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

Arthur Kennedy ... The Inspector
Aldo Massasso ... Kinsey
Giorgio Trestini ... Craig
Roberto Posse ... Benson
José Lifante ... Martin (as Jose Ruiz Lifante)
Jeannine Mestre ... Katie
Gengher Gatti ... Keith
Fernando Hilbeck ... Guthrie
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
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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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Non si deve profanare il sonno dei morti" - Spain (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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According to director Jorge Grau the woman streaker seen in the street during the opening credits was originally hired as an extra on the film.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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George:[to The Inspector] Hail Hitler!See more »
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14 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
The most overlooked and underrated zombie film ever, 1 November 2000
Author: hippiedj from Palm Desert, California

First of all, don't scoff at a 9 out of 10 rating for this film!

Trying to say it doesn't stand up to, say, Titanic, for "quality" is ridiculous...by just rating it within the horror genre, this is a superior effort.

Anchor Bay has released this film recently on DVD with a very informative interview with director Jorge Grau (since released twice on Blue Underground, the 2nd of its releases transferred in HD under the alternate title The Living Dead At The Manchester Morgue). He does admit this film was made because he was asked to do something comparative to Night Of The Living Dead. Fortunately he did something more by actually caring about the project and the result is a film that still terrifies after all these years. For being made in 1974, that's a feat indeed.

The film wastes no time in getting to the fun, and with just the right amount of setup about society's excesses whether it be pollution or morals, and then going further with the 1950s style of saying good 'ole radiation (our fault again) is stirring up trouble. Even though it was made around the same time and may only be a coincidence, the scene where babies are rebelling brings to mind Larry Cohen's film It's Alive!

Aside from a familiar face in actor Arthur Kennedy (who was deliciously grizzled in his behavior), the use of not-so-familiar faces really lets you sit back and absorb the story and thrills. It was actually nice to see a lead actor like Ray Lovelock look, as Kennedy's character exclaimed, a "long-haired hippie" instead of the squeaky clean GQ faces of today's heroes. These characters were very real, very believable, and you did care what happened to them.

Not many films date well, but this one could have easily taken place now as 1974. The locations, atmosphere, and overall look of this film is gorgeous. The acting is very competent, the score accents the mood well, and I was very pleased with the uncompromising ending. What I was probably the most pleased with was the fact that it doesn't feel the need to distract you with heavy cussing and lots of nudity (as in films like Dan O'Bannon's Return Of The Living Dead).

It also does not alienate the "over 35 crowd" like myself by pandering to MTV age boppers, the cast is mature and the characters more involved with their fate instead of being concerned with fashion and scoring some to get wasted (like the recent Idle Hands, don't get me started on THAT one). Most horror films these days just don't leave you feeling very satisfied, and I was ready to watch this one again!

Let Sleeping Corpses Lie is probably the most overlooked and underrated zombie film ever, and do yourself a favor by giving this one a look. Don't try to compare it with others, don't try to dissect the logic. It pays off with it's genuinely creepy mood and you'll find yourself watching it more often than most of any recent favorites you might have.

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