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100 YEARS OF HORROR is a 26-episode TV series made in 1996 and
featuring the delightful Christopher Lee as host, his sonorous
narration exploring the history of horror cinema in the 20th century.
Each themed episode contains plentiful clips from the films mentioned
along with brief interview footage seemingly culled from other
documentaries as well as TV shows and the like.
ZOMBIES is another straight episode exploring zombie cinema, with a focus on older movies. The only gut-munching zombie films you're going to see featured here are the classic NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and the comedy RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, but the emphasis is very much on classic portrayals of the walking dead as seen in the likes of WHITE ZOMBIE, PLAGUE OF THE ZOMBIES, and about a dozen others in between. The humorous and insightful interview clips are once again the main reason to tune in.
100 Years of Horror: Zombies (1996)
*** (out of 4)
This episode of Ted Newsome's terrific series takes a look at the countless zombie films that started around the time sound came into play and continued throughout the decades with each new generation getting a different type of creature. We start off with the Bela Lugosi film WHITE ZOMBIE and then hit the voodoo stuff with Val Lewton's I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE. Other films looked at include THE MAD GHOUL, THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, CREATURE WITH THE ATOM BRAIN, HORROR EXPRESS and of course NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD.
The episode skips through the entire output from Italy during the 1970s and we don't even get to hear about DAWN or DAY OF THE DEAD but it's still worth watching for the nice interviews. With get a few funny clips with John Agar and Bernard Gordon talking about low-budget films and we also get an audio interview with Romero talking about NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and critics. Linnea Quigley discusses her work on THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD and tells of how she got over her shyness when it came time to do the nude scenes. Turhan Bey, Michael Gavin and Gordon Hessler are also interviewed as is Bela Lugosi, Jr. who shares a story his father told him about the making of WHITE ZOMBIE.
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