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Zombie Lake (1981)

Le lac des morts vivants (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror | 13 May 1981 (France)
In a small village, somewhere in France, German soldiers, killed and thrown into the lake by the Resistance during WW II, come back.


(as J.A. Laser), (uncredited)


(story) (as Julius Valery), (as A.L. Mariaux)

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Complete credited cast:
Howard Vernon ...
The Mayor
Pierre-Marie Escourrou ...
German Soldier (as Pierre Escourrou)
Anouchka ...
Morane (as Robert Foster)
Lynn Monteil ...
Helena's Mother (as Nadine Pascale)
Youri Radionow ...
Chanac (as Youri Rad)
Bertrand Altmann ...
(as Burt Altman)
Gilda Arancio ...
Blonde Girl Swimmer
Marcia Sharif ...
Yvonne Dany ...
(as Yvonne Dani)
Jean Rene Bleu ...
(as Jean-René Bleu)
Jean Rollin ...


In a small village, somewhere in France, German soldiers, killed and thrown into the lake by the Resistance during WW II, come back. Written by Denis Ruckebusch <druckeb@mygale.org>

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Jesús Franco was planned to direct but was replaced by Jean Rollin at the very last minute. Rollin later said he deeply regretted having accepted as soon as he read the script. Jean Rollin felt so embarrassed by this film that he wouldn't admit for years he directed it, under the name J.A. Lazer. See more »


In the end scene where the villagers have all of the zombies together in a barn and then set them on fire with a flamethrower, the scene starts in evening with the night getting really dark. But in shots you can see through the barns windows and doors, that the sky keeps alternating from dark evening, to bright day sky. Then after the zombies are killed by the fire, the sky has now changed to a permanent crystal blue day sky. See more »


Morane: Let's get away from this heap of hicks.
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Hilarious Horror-Trash by Eurocine
9 July 2012 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In World War II, in a small village in France vanquished by the German army, a local woman has a love affair with one soldier and they have a daughter, Helena. One day, the German soldiers are ambushed and killed by the French Resistance and their bodies are thrown into a lake.

Ten years later, the soldiers become an army of undead attacking the locals. The Mayor, who was part of the resistance, organizes a posse with a flamethrower, to destroy the living dead, and uses the girl Helena to help them.

"Le Lac des Morts Vivants" is another hilarious low-budget horror-trash by Eurocine from the 70's and 80's recently released in Brazil on DVD with attractive cover. Everything is absurd in this film, from the story and screenplay to the direction, acting, make-up and cinematography (the exception are the underwater scenes); but controversially I have enjoyed and had lots of fun watching this trash. Although not responsible for the direction, the touch of Jesus Franco is visible. My vote is four.

Title (Brazil): "O Lago dos Zumbis" ("The Zombie's Lake")

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