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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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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)
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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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

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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 »
Factual errors: Some of the animals featured in the stock footage aren't indigenous to New Guinea.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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16 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Big-time "Dawn of the Dead" rip-off falls flat, 2 April 2000
Author: Casey-52 from DVD Drive-In

Horror fans have labeled films such as "Burial Ground", "Zombie", "Cannibal Apocalypse", and others as "Dawn of the Dead" rip-offs. Well, they ain't never seen this atrocity! "Night of the Zombies" COPIES EVERY SINGLE ELEMENT OF "DAWN OF THE DEAD"! It takes too long to list, but here's a few: male and female TV people, SWAT team, hostage situation in the beginning of the movie, stolen Goblin music, a zombie kid, scientists and politicians deciding what to do, a SWAT team member who jokingly shoots zombies, and the list goes on. Plus, the ending rips off "Zombie"!

Now, that doesn't make this movie bad....well, yeah it does, but I mean that it doesn't make the movie unwatchable. Set in New Guinea, there is documentary footage of wildlife every 5 minutes intercut with mindless dialogue sequences (badly dubbed) and ineffective zombie attacks. A lot of the zombies are just people with mud rubbed on their face, while others are genuinely creepy. Unfortunately, their attack scenes are not scary, the gore effects gratuitous and obviously fake (some deliver some jolts, though), and their victims are idiots who stand frigidly as the zombies move in for the kill. The SWAT team members shoot aimlessly into the bodies of zombies even after the fact that they have to be shot in the head is established. Even one of the team members gets fed up with telling his friends to shoot them in the head! Add some meaningless topless scenes (female journalist gets nekkid and puts on make-up to interact with a tribe), some mondo footage (natives wiping dead peoples' blood on their faces, a maggot-eating ritual), and dead-weight characters and you have the final result: a whole lot of fun to watch, yet painfully mind-boggling as to how it could have possibly gotten past the script stage!

Not that I want you to spend $20+ on a copy of this movie, but the uncut letterboxed version is the best to get. The widescreen format gives this trash heap a hint of authority and any uncut print is better than a butchered American print. Otherwise, seek out the out-of-print Vestron Video copy at any mom-and-pop video store. It's guaranteed to be there, along with other bad zombie video standards "Burial Ground" and "Zombie Lake".

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