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

 -  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

Claudio Fragasso, the writer of the screenplay, also directed one half of the movie, he said in an interview. See more »

Goofs

After Pierre is killed in the elevator. Zantoro shoots at a zombie missing an eye. He clearly fires his machine gun into the zombie's chest. A close up shows the male zombie squirm and fall backward dead from the shots. Which is incoherent because Zantoro (and other characters) know the zombies can only be killed by head shots or incapacitation to the brain. 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 alright the last time.
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Connections

Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 (2006) 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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Nice but could be better!
26 February 2003 | by (Latvia) – See all my reviews

This was one of very few flicks that show zombies the way I believe they should have been - slow moving, no thinking, flesh eating, killed only by brain damage.

It was nice to see one of very few movies of "perfect zombie" type, but anyway the zombies were too slow. At some places of the movie they were almost not moving at all. Plot wasn't too good as well, but you could see that people who made the movie have been trying to do their best to achieve maximum effect for the zombie flick.

I could say the movie wasn't bad. And I mean it wasn't bad at all because I've seen plenty of zombie horror flicks and this was most close zombie flick to the Romero's films (Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead). Even Return of the Living Dead weren't as close to zombie perfection as this movie were.


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