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Shock Waves (1977)

PG  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi  |  15 July 1977 (USA)
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Visitors to a remote island discover that a reclusive Nazi commandant has been breeding a group of Zombie soldiers.



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Once They Were Almost Human! Beneath the living... Beyond the dead... From the depths of Hell's Ocean! The Deep End of Horror!


Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi


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15 July 1977 (USA)  »

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$200,000 (estimated)

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When Keith and Rose prepare the dingy of the Bonaventure to escape in, you can see there are no rowlocks in place. When they get the oars and wade back in the water to board the dingy, the rowlocks are in place. See more »

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creepy, atmospheric underwater 'Shock--er'
18 October 2004 | by (Raleigh, NC) – See all my reviews

I had heard about this one for the first time on a radio call-in show specializing in discussing movies about two years ago, then I started seeing the movie posters online. The image of rotted corpses with dark goggles uplifting a ship and rising from the ocean was quite intriguing. Once I heard it was coming to DVD courtesy of Blue Underground I knew that I had to seek it out--it wasn't easy! I finally found my converted copy and brought popped it in my DVD player with high hopes......needless to say I, thankfully, was not disappointed and 'Shock Waves' has become one of my favorite so-called guilty pleasures.

Things that work for this movie: the creepy score is eerie and smacks of late 70's horror. The cast: Cushing and Carradine in cameos, the lovely Brooke Adams in a yellow bikini, eerie underwater footage of Nazi zombies walking across the ocean floor (mirrored, recently in a big budget, effects-laden Disney movie about Pirates!), and the understated make-up, while not quite living up to the fantastic cover art, does work here! I really, really love this movie and have watched it rather frequently since it's come to DVD. It is a perfect late night scary show and it's leisurely paced in a good way as to let the creepiness wear on you. I noticed that I've used the adjectives creepy and eerie quite a bit, well, rent or buy a copy of this film and you'll be creeped out for Halloween or any time that you feel like a late night monster movie zombie!

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