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Hell of the Living Dead (1980)
"Virus" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  Horror  |  20 January 1984 (USA)
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A tough female reporter and her cameraman boyfriend team up with a four-man commando unit in the New Guinea jungle whom are fighting flesh-eating zombies.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Margit Evelyn Newton ...
Lia Rousseau
Franco Garofalo ...
Zantoro (as Frank Garfield)
Selan Karay ...
Vincent
José Gras ...
Lt. Mike London (as Robert O'Neil)
Gabriel Renom ...
Pierre (as Gaby Renom)
Josep Lluís Fonoll ...
Osborne (as Luis Fonoll)
Pietro Fumelli ...
Man on TV (as Piero Fumelli)
Bruno Boni ...
Reporter
Patrizia Costa ...
Woman in Bar
Cesare Di Vito ...
TV Speaker
Sergio Pislar ...
Technician Lawson
Bernard Seray ...
Prof. Barrett's Assistant
Víctor Israel ...
Zombie priest
Pep Ballester ...
Josie's Husband (as Pep Ballenster)
Joaquín Blanco ...
Professor Barrett
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Storyline

After a chemical leak at the Hope Centre in Papua New Guinea (an organization devoted to feeding underdeveloped countries) turns its staff into flesh-eating zombies, a four-man commando squad led by Mike London are sent to investigate. They run into a TV news crew led by celebrity reporter Lia, who are after the same story, but when they discover that the entire country has been overrun by zombies, what are the chances of them getting the message across? Unlike most zombie films, this actually tries to make a serious point - that if we don't feed the Third World, they'll come and feed on us! Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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When the creeping dead devour the living flesh! See more »

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Trivia

The documentary footage of the New Guinea tribe is real footage filmed of a burial service. The rest of the footage can be seen on the documentary Des morts (1979) See more »

Goofs

In the beginning scenes of the film, Professor Barrett records himself saying, "Operation Sweet Death must be considered a complete failure. Some kind of degeneration process has occurred which may be catastrophic for everyone. And may god forgive us for what we have produced here and pardon us for this evil we have created." Towards the end of the film, one of the commandos plays Barrett's recording, and the words and tone of voice have changed to the point where it doesn't even follow the same lines as before. The recording repeats the speech as, "Operation Sweet Death must be considered a complete failure. Some kind of degenerate process has begun which could be catastrophic for everyone. May god forgive us for what we have produced and pardon us for this evil we've created." It sounds generally the same but his tone of voice changes from serious at the beginning, to casual-sounding on the recorder's playback. He also uses contractions in the playback speech that weren't used when he recorded it in the first place. See more »

Quotes

Max: [as Zantoro is fighting off a horde of zombies] Zantoro can't take them all on by himself!
Lt. Mike London: He did all right the last time.
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Most of the soundtrack music by Goblin was borrowed from
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A trashy horror gore classic
6 September 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I'm getting rather sick of seeing uncomplimentary reviews of this truly classic gorefest. Yes it does contain poor acting, yes it is a cheap rip off of some of the genres other classic titles, yes it does contain stock footage, yes it is low budget, yes it does contain moments of pointlessness and yes it is pure cheese! I'm unsure what some of the unhappy viewers were expecting when they got this film as it is obviously primarily a zombie film that is fast paced with absolutely loads of blood guts and gore practically all the way through the film. If you want an in depth meaningful life affirming film then look elsewhere. If however you want a highly entertaining fast paced ultra bloody zombie gore film that doesn't let up its relentless assault on the senses until the final reel then wait no longer.


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