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Cemetery of Terror (1985)

Cementerio del terror (original title)
A professor suspects that a vicious killer may have discovered a way to return from the grave and continue his violent spree. His fears are proved true when a group of teenagers decide to ... See full summary »

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Hugo Stiglitz ...
Dr. Cardan (as Hugo Stieglitz)
José Gómez Parcero ...
Devlon
Bety Robles ...
Mujer 1
Leo Villanueva ...
Official Pineda
Raúl Meraz ...
Captain Ancira
René Cardona III ...
Oscar
Servando Manzetti ...
Jorge (as Cervando Manzetti)
Andrés García Jr. ...
Pedro
María Rebeca ...
Anita
César Adrian Sanchez ...
Raúl
Lili Zoto ...
Madre de Anita y Raúl
Eduardo Capetillo ...
Tony
Mineko Mori ...
Vicky
Usi Velasco ...
Usi
César Velasco ...
César
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A professor suspects that a vicious killer may have discovered a way to return from the grave and continue his violent spree. His fears are proved true when a group of teenagers decide to pull a Halloween prank by stealing the killer's body from the morgue. When the teens recite an incantation from an old magic book over the corpse, it begins to come back to life, along with all of the bodies from the nearby cemetery. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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A cheesy Mexican horror mish-mash.
17 January 2016 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

Hugo Stiglitz, probably best known to horror fans as the hero of Italian zombie flick Nightmare City, battles the undead once again in Cemetery of Terror, a low-budget Mexican mish-mash that borrows heavily from several successful US horror hits.

The film opens in Halloween mode, with lumbering serial killer Devlon gunned down by the police after a bloodthirsty rampage. The Evil Dead is the obvious inspiration for the introduction of a Satanic book that is discovered by a group of partying youths, whose idea of fun is to steal a body from the local morgue (no prizes for guessing whose corpse they make off with), and then perform a life-giving ritual during a rainstorm in a creepy cemetery.

With Devlon resurrected (I said there were no prizes!), the film enters Friday the 13th territory, with the dumb kids bumped off one by one by the undead killer. Last but not least, the film becomes a Night of the Living Dead-style fight for survival in a creepy run-down mansion, as a group of young trick or treaters are terrorised by zombies, brought back to life by Devlon's supernatural Satanic powers. Stiglitz plays the occult expert who holds the key to permanently putting Devlon to rest.

Cemetery of Terror is extremely dumb and utterly chaotic nonsense from start to finish, with not a lick of logic and unremarkable performances all round, but energetic direction from Rubén Galindo Jr. (who was also responsible for US-style slasher Don't Panic), lots of bargain basement zombies, and quite a fair bit of crude gore (a torn out throat, guts pulled out, an axe in the head) mean that there's still some fun to be derived from this random slice of South American schlock.

Fans of cheesy '80s horror will also enjoy the frequent appearances of the boom mic or its shadow, some nasty fashion (including a shiny, multi-coloured jacket with a skier printed on the back), an impressively staged zombie resurrection scene 'enhanced' by an excess of smoke and coloured lights, and one of those 'WTF?' final shots that were so prevalent among cheap horror films of the era.


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