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Le lac des morts vivants
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Zombie Lake -- In a small village, somewhere in France, German soldiers, killed and thrown into the lake by the Resistance during WW II, come back. In HD.


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13 May 1981 (France) See more »
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In a small village, somewhere in France, German soldiers, killed and thrown into the lake by the Resistance during WW II, come back. See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Howard Vernon ... The Mayor
Pierre-Marie Escourrou ... German Soldier (as Pierre Escourrou)
Anouchka ... Helena

Antonio Mayans ... 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 ... Katya
Yvonne Dany (as Yvonne Dani)
Jean Rene Bleu (as Jean-René Bleu)
Jean Rollin ... Stiltz
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edmond Besnard ... Promizoulin (uncredited)
René Douglas ... (uncredited)
Julián Esteban ... (uncredited)
Alain Petit ... (uncredited)
Jean Roville ... (uncredited)
Claude Sendron ... (uncredited)
Pascale Vital ... First Girl at the Lake (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean Rollin  (as J.A. Laser)
Julian de Laserna (uncredited)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Julián Esteban  story (as Julius Valery)
Jesús Franco  (as A.L. Mariaux)

Produced by
Daniel Lesoeur .... associate producer
Marius Lesoeur .... producer
Sean Warner .... co-producer
Daniel White .... producer
Original Music by
Daniel White 
Cinematography by
Max Monteillet 
Film Editing by
Claude Gros 
María Luisa Soriano 
Makeup Department
Christiane Sauvage .... makeup artist
Special Effects by
Michael Nizza .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Henri-Jean Alliet .... underwater photographer
Other crew
Ilona Kunesova .... script supervisor

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Also Known As:
"Le lac des morts vivants" - France (original title)
"Zombies Lake" - Europe (English title)
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90 min | Germany:71 min | Spain:88 min | Argentina:89 min | UK:83 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | France:12 | Germany:16 (heavily cut) (1990s) | UK:18 | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:Not Rated (uncut) (1980s)
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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 »
Revealing mistakes: One of the Zombies while underwater and attacking the girls basketball team is clearly wearing a head mask as it doesn't quite cover all the hair around his ears.See more »
Morane:So, you think that ghosts killed them?
The Mayor:Yes, that is what I think.
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24 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Another Z-movie Eurocine triumph, 1 May 2000
Author: gavcrimson from United Kingdom

The most seen (although not exactly appreciated) film of French producers Eurocine- responsible for numerous sex, horror, spy and adventure films. In their Seventies heyday Eurocine seemed like the illegitimate child of sensational pulp paperbacks of the Fifties and Sixties. Always put together cheaply and rough looking but always with great packaging, embracing the sort of lurid subjects that always grabbed the public's attention, if not their intelligence. With Zombie's Lake, subjects didn't come more sensational than `mad murdering Zombies' ogling and picking off semi-nude women. During the end of the Second World War, the French resistance manages to dispose of the local Nazis and throw their bodies into the lake of the title. The lake was previously used for witchcraft, so many years later the (green!) undead Nazi Zombies are rising from the lake, and chewing down on the most of Eurocine's repertory players including the director (putting in a cameo as a detective). Oh and you just have to mention their attack on the local female netball team, all of whom just love to go swimming naked in the lake, even though its possibly the most dirtiest lake ever committed to celluloid. On the side of the living are local villagers lead by the Mayor (the late, great Howard Vernon) who gets the immortal line `we better face the facts that the Zombies have declared war'. Along the way we're treated to some truly appalling makeup and lots of fun in watching drunken looking Frenchmen with green muck on their faces pretend to terrorise people. The films most notorious moment rests with the nude swimming scenes viewed from the Zombie's point of view at the bottom of the lake, and accompanied to Europop at its most wincing (`la, lala, lala la la'). Just to make your life that little more miserable, many versions of the film are missing all the nude scenes, being replaced by softer out-takes of the girls in ghastly ill- fitting underwear. Otherwise the bane of this prosperous films existence is the subplot a `touching' relationship between a little girl and her Nazi /Zombie dad. Largely unnecessary to the film although when you realise that the little girl (Anouchka Lesoeur) is the daughter of the producer it becomes obvious why its there. On a technical level the film is a nightmare, Eurocine in the best `recycled vinyl blues' tradition couldn't make a new hit film without recycling several others. Hence the main theme music is taken from Eurocine's Female Vampire, and the WW2 footage from a war film (Convoy of Girls aka The Depraved Third Reich to be precise). Backstage tales of how quick and cheap the movie was put together are legion - the original director Jesus Franco disappeared before the film started, leaving his replacement Rollin with a two week shooting schedule and a script he hadn't even read. Given these conditions that any aspect of the film is memorable is remarkable. Perhaps its better to view the film's merits- compared with its forgetable `cousin' The Oasis of the Zombies- the film Jesus Franco did make when the Eurocine producers caught up with him, which resurrects the Nazi Zombie theme as well as lots of recycled WW2 footage. Both remain the two directors worst commercial work, but Oasis is a stone dead boring 90 minutes, while Zombie's Lake is full of many absurd moments that keep the film from ever being dull and the green zombies are a hoot. Although only recommended to the truly die-hard the end results are a perversely entertaining last blast from the golden era of the European horror movie.

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