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20 January 1984 (USA) See more »
There is no escape from NIGHT OF THE ZOMBIES! See more »
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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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
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)
Attilio Pelegatti ... Man in Bar (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)
Antonio Spinnato ... Zombie in Park (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

Produced by
Sergio Cortona .... executive producer
José María Cunillés .... co-producer
Isabel Mulá .... producer
Original Music by
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
Alan Gornick .... underwater cinematographer (as Allan Gornick Jr.)
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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101 min
Color (Telecolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
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?

In the first draft, Claudio Fragasso had followed the idea of an entire Third World made up of an army of zombies against whom the armed forces of the industrialized nations would have had to fight. However, the script had to be altered considerably due to budget limitations.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
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:
References City of the Living Dead (1980)See more »


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33 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
A trashy horror gore classic, 6 September 2006
Author: Paul Ramsell ( from United Kingdom

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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