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Release Date:
20 January 1984 (USA) See more »
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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 »
User Reviews:
Dawn of the Dead rip-off extrodinare. 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

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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:
Zantoro:[to the zombies] What's the matter? Dissapointed? Sorry, boys! I guess I'm not on the menu after all! Ha, ha, ha, don't let it worry ya! I figure we'll all meet again... in hell!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Nightmare City (1980)See more »

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18 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Dawn of the Dead rip-off extrodinare., 15 April 2002
Author: Aaron1375

What to say about this movie? Where to start? I think I will begin with the title. I bought it as "Hell of the Living Dead". It is also known as "Virus", "Night of the Zombie", and "Zombie: Creeping Flesh". Out of these titles the creeping flesh one and virus fit, but the other two do not. Especially, the night one. Most of the zombie action takes place in broad daylight. Then there is the stock footage. I know many have commented on it, but man there is a lot of it. Here is a little advice to all film makers, don't set the movie in a location you can't film in. And if you must use stock footage at least use some different shots rather than just birds and monkeys in the tree tops. Then there is the music. When people say it is just like "Dawn of the Dead" they aren't kidding. It is exactly the same music and when it isn't music from Dawn it is music from a sci-fi movie called "Alien Containamation" and when it isn't music from it, it is a combination of both. Then there is the similarities between Dawn and this movie. The swat team, the reporters, the center at the end and the mall in dawn, the situation at the beginning where the swat team is first introduced, the elevator scene and so on. The zombies themselves aren't the best in the game. Well some do look rather good, but most of them have very little make up. Then there is the swat team who make it through horde after horde of zombie only losing one member, this team seems competent, then they reach the facilty and proceed to become very easily killed idiots. They aren't very distinct either, I think they are all dubbed by the same person.

A good point about this movie is the plot. It involves a leak a research facility called "Hope". Its nice to have zombies come to life for a reason and as bad as this flick is the end isn't to bad with plenty of gore effects. In fact after the "Hope" scene the movie cuts to two people attacked in the park and it is like wow this is looks like a better zombie movie about to start! But it is actually the end of this one. You can learn some lessons from this movie though 1) Zombies can only be killed if you shoot them in the head, but go ahead and shoot them in the body because it looks cool and you never run out of ammunition anyway 2) When going into an area of stock footage natives get the girl in your party to take her shirt off and dress up like a native, does it help, no! But if she's willing to do it let her (why didn't the horny soldiers not make one comment when she took off her shirt?) 3) If your friend is attacked by an apparently dead rat, don't lend a hand he deserves to die for being stupid enough to let himself get killed by a rat 4) Don't put your guns down and put on a tu-tu and top hat and pick up a cane when zombies are in the area 5) When on a beach it is possible to find boats just lying around 6) and finally, don't speculate on why everything is happening till you are out of the building where the zombies are, this just gives them a chance to gang up on you. In the end this is a bad flick with some areas that are OK. If you have a wicked sense of humor though and like making fun of films then give it a try.

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