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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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God help us if they rise again! 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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The Toten Korp from Shock Waves left the rejects behind. See more (86 total) »

Cast

  (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
 
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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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Runtime:
90 min | Germany:71 min | Spain:88 min | Argentina:89 min | UK:83 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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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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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 »
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Anachronisms: During the winter battle scene, set during World War II, a modern-day bus can be seen driving by to the left of the fort.See more »
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Morane:Let's get away from this heap of hicks.See more »
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Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 (2006) (V)See more »

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18 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
The Toten Korp from Shock Waves left the rejects behind., 9 March 2004
Author: (twogunbob@ymail.com) from Hurst, TX

To my knowledge there are technically three underwater Nazi zombie movies. The father of the other two is Shockwaves and really the only one worth viewing. An odd spin off from this film is Oasis of the Zombies and Zombie Lake. Le Lac des morts vivants (Zombie Lake) was a project with Jesus (Jess) Franco's involvement and directed by Jean Rollin. Although I personally am not too fond of Jean Rollin's work and definitely despise the hack work of Jess Franco, a man who has never made a movie that could keep me interested, I honestly couldn't believe Rollin had anything to do with this project. On the outset the movie is horrible, but not nearly horrible enough to keep Jess Franco from remaking the insipid piece of cinematic waste again as La Tumba de los muertos vivientes (Oasis of the Zombies), which had the more interesting moniker of The Bloodsucking Nazi Zombies at one time or another.

Jean Rollin apparently understands one standard of z-grade horror, if the movie you find yourself directing has not one single redeeming feature at all, just pad the movie with ample gratuitous nudity and most viewers will be so distracted they may not notice how horrible the film actually is. Modern directors should take note of this since 99 percent of horror films made after 1986 are boring and virtually unwatchable and won't go lowbrow because the director thinks he has integrity. Hint, if you're directing a lame, boring film that is going directly to video anyway and can't fix it or at least make it interesting you have no cinematic integrity.

Rant aside, Zombie Lake is loaded to the gills with naked woman that just throw caution (and their clothes) to the wind at the sight of this undead infested pond. Naturally the zombies swim around and eliminate all comers in a decidedly stiff and mostly bloodless fashion. The lake scenes are just awful and could well be used by film schools as a glaring example of how to completely destroy anything resembling film continuity. We have naked ladies splashing in knee-deep water. Cut to the zombies completely submerged walking under the girls' thrashing legs. Cut back to knee-deep water then back to them swimming and freely floating in ten feet of water above the zombies. Back and forth we cut between the lake shots and the underwater shots probably filmed in the deep end of Jess Franco's swimming pool. Add to this mixture horrible zombie makeup, dull acting, a plot scripted by a highly evolved plankton, Jess Franco, and you have all the trappings of a complete disaster of a film the has Jean Rollin's name on it. This film runs neck and neck with Oasis of the Zombies for being the worst zombie film ever. Oasis of the Zombies lacks even gratuitous nudity but has other redeeming qualities. Both movies are truly awful and even the cheese factor isn't high enough to warrant humorous jibes at it. Princesse de l'érotisme Christina (Virgin Among the Living Dead) is still worse than Zombie Lake by light years however and it is, you guessed it, another Jess Franco project. Fortunately the underwater Nazi zombie movie genre played itself out after just a few movies and actually should have ended with Shock Waves. Given with the state of Hollywood these days it should only be another year or so before Zombie Lake is remade by some flash in pan director that is completely devoid of any of his own ideas. It will probably be remade with a multi-million dollar budget and will still be awful or even worse than the original. Is that possible? Oh yes, very possible.

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