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Shock Waves (1977)

 -  Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi  -  15 July 1977 (USA)
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Captain Ben Morris
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Rose
Fred Buch ...
Chuck
Jack Davidson ...
Norman
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Keith
D.J. Sidney ...
Beverly
Don Stout ...
Dobbs
Clarence Thomas ...
Fisherman
Sammy Graham ...
Zombie
Preston White ...
Zombie
Reid Finger ...
Zombie
Mike Kennedy ...
Zombie
Donahue Guillory ...
Zombie
Jay Maeder ...
Zombie
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This horror movie concerns a shipwrecked yachting party. Rose and her fellow yacht-mates, including the captain run aground on an island when they hit an odd-looking freighter. Once beached, they meet up with an aging SS Commander who had been in charge of a crew of zombies. Written by Ørnås

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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!

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Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi

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$200,000 (estimated)
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The original negative mysteriously disappeared over 20 years ago. The print used for the Blue-Underground DVD is from director Ken Wiederhorn's personal collection. See more »

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When Chuck and Rose discover Beverly's body in the fish tank, the position of the green plants in relation to her body change. See more »

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Underwater Nazi zombies invade Florida - hows that for conceptual bravura
19 May 2007 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

"Shock Waves" has gained a minor cult following over the years and deserves just that. Its a throwback to the horror films of the 30s and 40s, as it features no sex and almost no blood at all (certainly nothing graphic). Despite being dated the day it came out, its wonderfully entertaining and even manages to be quite creepy at moments. The film was one of the first of the Nazi zombie subgenre, and is easily the best example (though thats not saying much admittedly). The film proves that when making a good horror flick, a big budget is certainly not required, just a good handling of atmosphere.

The film is like many other horror films in that while its not extremely well-made, it manages to overcome the limitations. The acting from a cast of mostly unknowns is pretty wooden (with the exceptions of horror legends Peter Cushing and John Carradine, both of whom are underused). Partiuclarly awful is Brooke Adams however certainly looks amazing in a bikini. Jack Davidson in particular plays possibly the most annoying and whiny character in all of horror cinema. He makes Franklin from "Texas Chain Saw Massacre" look like Ash! The plot is short on logic, but none of these things matter. Director Ken Weiderhorn manages to create several moments of unease reminiscent of "Carnival of Souls". Watching the zombies rise out of the water wears a bit thin by the end, but "Shock Waves" is great fun for fans of old-school horror and is never boring. Recommended especially if you're a fan of 40s and 50s horror comics. (7/10)


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