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Hell of the Living Dead (1980)

Virus (original title)
Unrated | | Action, Comedy, Horror | 20 January 1984 (USA)
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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(as Vincent Dawn), (uncredited)

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(story and screenplay), (story and screenplay) (as J.M. Cunilles)
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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Margit Evelyn Newton was originally apprehensive about doing the big nude scene where she strips off and runs around topless in tribal paint. See more »

Goofs

During the Mask Ceremony scene. The masked celebrant takes off his mask and hands it to Lia. This is not possible in a mask ceremony. In a mask ceremony, a man who takes off his his mask is no longer considered the man he was before he put on the mask. It is not possible that a man would take off his mask in the middle of a mask ceremony, let alone hand it to an obvious stranger. See more »

Quotes

[taunting several zombies]
Zantoro: Shit-faced bastards! Lousy bunch of TURDS! Brainless monkies! Ha, ha, you can't catch me! Get back to your graves! Come on! This way! I'm waiting for ya!
[to a zombie]
Zantoro: Hey you. What are you staring at? Are you hungry? Ah, I get it. You want a little bite outta me. Sure, why not? What meat do you like? Drumstick... or wing?
[Zombies start to grab Zantoro's arm]
Zantoro: Oh! Oh, yeah, that's great! A wing, eh? Well suck this!
[shoots at the zombies]
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Violence, comedy, and gore...
28 February 2002 | by (Leicester, UK) – See all my reviews

'Zombie Creeping Flesh' (as it was originally entitled here in the UK) was one in an entire glut of zombie flicks to follow the success of Romero's endeavours into the (zombie) horror genre.

In it's entirety 'Creeping Flesh' is a decidedly 'weak' film. The acting is crass, macho and hilarious at times. And the fact that the film must consist of at least (I assume) 30% stock-footage gives the impression that director Bruno Mattei really wasn't that enthusiastic about making the film whatsoever - either that or he was severely lacking the funding that it so desperately needed.

Having said that, the film is an entertaining enough affair; in the sense that the comedy and violence is enough to keep most horror fans interested, if not glued to the screen. The idea that zombies, and cannibalism, are a sort of metaphor for Third World hunger is a somewhat unusual idea for a zombie film and I guess this is a sort of reflection surrounding the anxieties in the era in which it was made.

I personally don't believe that this film is as bad as some people have made out. It is, by no means, on par with any of Romero's or Fulci's work yet I don't feel it deserves to be totally written-off. 'Creeping Flesh' is certainly a lot more fulfilling than 'Zombie Holocaust', for example, and a great deal more 'gung-ho'. It just fails though because it is alarmingly 'corny' and very derivate of so much that stood before it. The fact that a fair portion of the soundtrack was originally used in 'Dawn of The Dead' just goes to prove this. If you thrive on gore, zombies, cannibalism, and insane violence then try and check this film out: just don't get your hopes up too high.












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