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Release Date:
20 January 1984 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
There is no escape from NIGHT OF THE ZOMBIES! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Violence, comedy, and gore... See more (133 total) »

Cast

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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
Esther Mesina ... Josie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carolyn De Fonseca ... Josie (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Larry Dolgin ... Osborne (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Claudio Fragasso ... SWAT Officer at Embassy Siege (uncredited)
Alfonso Giganti ... Interviewer (uncredited)
Tito Lucchetti ... Terrorist Leader (uncredited)
Edward Mannix ... Lt. Mike London (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Bruno Mattei ... SWAT Officer at Embassy Siege (uncredited)
Antonio Molino Rojo ... SWAT Leader (uncredited)
Elo Navarro ... Various Zombies (uncredited)
Gennarino Pappagalli ... Mr. Farrara - TV Executive (uncredited)
Gregory Snegoff ... Terrorist Leader / TV Technician (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Robert Spafford ... Third World U.N. Representative / Technician (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Susan Spafford ... Margit Evelyn Newton (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Pat Starke ... TV Speaker (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Frank von Kuegelgen ... Zantoro (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Directed by
Bruno Mattei  (as Vincent Dawn)
Claudio Fragasso (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Claudio Fragasso (story and screenplay) &
José María Cunillés (story and screenplay) (as J.M. Cunilles)

Rossella Drudi  uncredited
Bruno Mattei  uncredited

Produced by
Sergio Cortona .... executive producer
José María Cunillés .... co-producer
Isabel Mulá .... producer
 
Original Music by
Goblin 
 
Cinematography by
John Cabrera 
 
Film Editing by
Claudio Borroni 
 
Production Design by
Antonio Belart 
 
Makeup Department
Maria Teresa Carrera .... hair stylist
Giuseppe Ferranti .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Walter Brandi .... production manager (as Walter Bigari)
Paolo Picchi .... production manager
Marcelino Riba-Abizanda .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Claudio Fragasso .... assistant director
Claudio Fragasso .... first assistant director: second unit
 
Sound Department
Romano Pampaloni .... sound
Paolo Picchi .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Giuseppe Ferranti .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Carlo Aquari .... camera operator
Allan Gornick Jr. .... underwater cinematographer
Josep Gusi .... camera operator
Giovanni Leacche .... still photographer
 
Music Department
Giacomo Dell'Orso .... musical director (as Gianni Dell'Orso)
Luis Bacalov .... theme composer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Federico Canudas .... continuity
Silvio Colecchia .... continuity
José María Alarcón .... additional voices (spanish version) (uncredited)
Josep Maria Angelat .... voice dubbing: Profesor (spanish version) (uncredited)
Carolyn De Fonseca .... voice dubbing: Patrizia Costa (English version) (uncredited)
Antonio de Vicente .... voice dubbing: Selan Karay (spanish version) (uncredited)
Julia Gallego .... additional voices (spanish version) (uncredited)
Claudi García .... voice dubbing: Franco Garofalo (spanish version) (uncredited)
Francisco Garriga .... additional voices (spanish version) (uncredited)
Edward Mannix .... voice dubbing: José Gras (English version) (uncredited)
Pepe Mediavilla .... voice dubbing: Pep Ballenster (spanish version) (uncredited)
Eduardo Muntada .... additional voices (spanish version) (uncredited)
Joaquín Muñoz .... voice dubbing: Joaquín Blanco (spanish version) (uncredited)
Isidro Sola .... additional voices (spanish version) (uncredited)
Pat Starke .... voice dubbing: Pietro Fumelli (English version) (uncredited)
Albert Trifol .... additional voices (spanish version) (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Virus" - Italy (original title)
"Night of the Zombies" - USA
"Hell of the Living Death" - Belgium (English title) (video title)
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Runtime:
101 min
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Color:
Color (Telecolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:R | Canada:R | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 | France:-16 | Germany:(Banned) | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Hong Kong:III | Italy:VM14 | Italy:VM18 (VHS rating) | Norway:18 (2010) | Spain:18 | UK:X (original rating: 1982) | UK:18 (re-rating) (2002) | UK:(Banned) (1984-2002) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:18

Did You Know?

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:
Continuity: The priest zombie can be seen later at the end of the movie, at the Hope Center. You can tell it is him by his hair and face.See more »
Quotes:
Zantoro:[Osbourn is about to shoot a zombie] No, hold it! That's not polite... I get the first shot!
[shoots zombie]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Nightmare City (1980)See more »

FAQ

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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Violence, comedy, and gore..., 28 February 2002
Author: Lucas Noseworth (dung_rat@yahoo.co.uk) from Leicester, UK

'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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