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

 -  Action | 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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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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Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Suspiria (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Most of the soundtrack music by Goblin was borrowed from
the films "Dawn of the Dead" and "Alien Contamination".
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Give Bruno Mattei props, this movie rules!!
3 February 2002 | by (Crestview, Florida) – See all my reviews

I am a huge gore-fan. And my favorite director is Lucio Fulci. I have seen gore from Fulci to Argento to Raimi to Itenbach to Schnaas to Romero to Lenzi to etc... But for some reason alot of people hate movies with the name "Bruno Mattei" on it. Hell of the Living Dead has been put down and made fun of by so many. Why? I saw "Night of the Zombies" years ago on VHS and was hooked. The movie, written by Claudio Fragasso [Zombie 3, Rats, Beyond Darkness, AfterDeath, etc..] is a complete rip off of Dawn of the Dead, with Goblin Music [taken from Dawn of the Dead & Luigi Cozzi's Toxic Spawn], a swat team, etc. So its a rip off, Who cares. The movie is awesome. Where else are you going to see a swat member dress up in drag, only to be eaten by zombies. The characters are hilarious! My favorite member is the swat member with long brown hair ["Guess I'm not on the menu after all!"]. The dubbing is so bad it rules! The acting is hilarious and fun. The story is basically the same "Government project gone wrong" story. FX are cheesy, yet fun to watch. This title is pure cheese, but great cheese!Thank god Anchor Bay decided to pick up some Bruno Mattei flicks and re-release them on DVD. This and Bruno Mattei's "Rats: Nights of Terror" are now out, and they are definate "Must Have" titles. If you want a serious zombie flick, look elsewhere. But Hell of the Living Dead rules! Now, if Anchor Bay can pick up the Lucio Fulci/Bruno Mattei "Zombie 3" rights and put it on DVD!!


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