IMDb > Zombie Lake (1981)
Le lac des morts vivants
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Zombie Lake (1981) More at IMDbPro »Le lac des morts vivants (original title)

Photos (See all 6 | slideshow)


User Rating:
2.9/10   2,196 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 3% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
View company contact information for Zombie Lake on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
13 May 1981 (France) See more »
God help us if they rise again!
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 »
Plot Keywords:
(23 articles)
Read Along With This Exclusive Doc of the Dead Clip
 (From Dread Central. 10 March 2014, 10:45 AM, PDT)

Doc of the Dead - Exclusive Clip and Premiere Date!
 (From Dread Central. 3 March 2014, 7:00 AM, PST)

10 Criminally Overrated Horror Movies
 (From Obsessed with Film. 8 January 2014, 12:56 AM, PST)

User Reviews:
Father/daughter subplot is only reason to watch unless you're doing a doctoral thesis on the worst zombie films ever, in which case this is a necessary pit stop. See more (85 total) »


  (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)
Nadine Pascal ... 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)

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

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Le lac des morts vivants" - France (original title)
"Zombies Lake" - Europe (English title)
See more »
90 min | Germany:71 min | Spain:88 min | Argentina:89 min | UK:83 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

The medallion which the French girl gives to her German soldier lover is actually a finger rosary; hence the ten small balls around the outside.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When the zombie is chewing at the woman's neck on the street, she dies, and he then continues to bite her. As the camera pans around them, she really clearly blinks two times.See more »
Morane:So, you think that ghosts killed them?
The Mayor:Yes, that is what I think.
See more »
Movie Connections:


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
9 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Father/daughter subplot is only reason to watch unless you're doing a doctoral thesis on the worst zombie films ever, in which case this is a necessary pit stop., 1 August 2006
Author: Death_to_Pan_and_Scan from United States

This film can get pretty amusing at times in its ridiculousness. I gave it an extra point just for the subplot which while silly was an unusual touch that added something to this otherwise awful film.

Zombie fans often list this film as THE WORST zombie film ever (Jess Franco's Nazi zombie film "Oasis of the Zombies" is similarly categorized for its awfulness). There are equally bad and even worse zombie films, as hard as it may be to believe if you haven't seen them before this (shot on video backyard films like "Stink of Flesh" or Super8mm epics like "Dead Life" come to mind). Jean Rollin made a better not-quite-zombie story with the tainted vineyard plague film "Grapes of Death" which I recommend over this and which had vague similarity to Romero's "The Crazies". If you want a decent Nazi zombies film, check out Ken 'RotLD2' Wiederhorn's "Shock Waves" instead.

Now back to the bad movie at hand: This is a low point for Jean Rollin, a well-known Eurotrash filmmaker who made some visually interesting and atmospheric films, of which this is not one. The overwhelming amount of nudity here seems fairly typical for him (he did make some lesbian vampire films, after all) but the atmosphere does not remind me of other work of his I have seen. It took me a couple sittings to make it through this garbage, but it did have its moments. How many times have you seen zombies attempt hand to hand combat, even using a knife? Sadly there are not enough of these painfully silly moments to rescue this film to the 'so bad its good' list.

ZOMBIE MAKEUP: green hands & face paint with movie blood, which often washes off in underwater scenes which seem to be shot in a swimming pool with a greenish curtain backdrop.

DE-ANIMATION METHOD: Napalm them to dust with a flamethrower! ZOMBIE FEASTING?: these are what I call 'necking zombies'. They don't feast in traditional Romero or O'Bannon sense; they simply chew at necks and drink blood like they are pretend vampires. Their victims, however, do NOT turn into zombies.

STORY: During the OP credits we see an attractive woman strip down for a skinny dip in a lake like a bad attempt to recreate a scene out of 'Jaws' or 'Piranha'. She ignores a warning sign by knocking it over. It's not a simple 'no swimming' sign mind you, but a skull and crossbones that would seem to indicate some reasonable level of danger. Needless to say, she gets killed by a zombie. Another village woman gets killed and her father pays the mayor a visit wanting it investigated.

The mayor tells a visiting reporter about the haunted lake with some mumbo jumbo about black magic sacrifices being done there and Nazis killed by the local resistance whose bodies were dumped there for hiding. Now the Nazis are back as zombies killing locals.

A van packed with a girls' basketball team strips down for full frontal underwater footage (while indescribably bad cheesy music plays) and the girls are attacked by zombies whose makeup is coming off almost as quick as the girls' clothes did. Inept horror movie cops are dispatched to investigate.

***WARNING, SPOILERS AHEAD*** There's a young girl whose daddy was a German soldier killed in a local battle right after her mommy died in her childbirth. Now daddy comes back from his watery grave to meet her and protects her from other zombies including being attacked by a knife-wielding zombie. Yes, you read that right! The zombies also attack villagers with sideways karate chops. Go figure.

Enlisted to help solve the locals' walking dead problem, the zombie's daughter asks for a whole lotta blood to set a trap for them, but she wants her daddy spared. Her guardian convinces her that daddy zombie WANTS to die (probably to escape from being trapped in this awful movie). During the final zombie rampage through town, the reporter follows a movie tradition of stupidly needing to get that all-important photo shot.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (85 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Zombie Lake (1981)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
It's not the worst zombie film ever.... thegees
Perfect for Fathers Day jjk50
In what year is this set? dan-2288
Aquatic Nazi Zombie Films eden-35
Brilliant movie. greyvelvet87
Worst zombie movie ever? Aren't you a litlle kind? wnip
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Black Belly of the Tarantula Who Saw Her Die? Salon Kitty A Bay of Blood The Cat o' Nine Tails
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Horror section IMDb France section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.