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Revolt of the Zombies (1936)

An international expedition is sent into Cambodia to destroy an ancient formula that turns men into zombies.

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Victor Halperin
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dorothy Stone ... Claire Duval
Dean Jagger ... Armand Louque
Roy D'Arcy ... Gen. Mazovia
Robert Noland Robert Noland ... Clifford Grayson
George Cleveland ... Gen. Duval
E. Alyn Warren ... Dr. Trevissant (as E. Alyn 'Fred' Warren)
Carl Stockdale ... Ignacio / Max MacDonald
William Crowell ... Priest Tsiang
Teru Shimada ... Buna
Adolph Milar Adolph Milar ... Gen. von Schelling (as Adolph Millard)
Sana Rayya Sana Rayya ... Dancer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bela Lugosi ... The Eyes (archive footage)
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On the Franco-Austrian Frontier during WW I, an oriental priest, chaplain of a French colonial regiment, is condemned to life imprisonment because he possesses the power of turning men into zombies. As the priest,in his prison cell, is preparing to burn the parchment containing the location of the secret formula, Colonel Mazovia kills the priest and takes the partially-burned parchment. Fade to after the war to an expedition of representatives from all the Allied countries (only those with colonial interests it appears) being sent to Cambodia to find and destroy forever the Secret of the Zombies. The group includes Colonel Mazovia (somewhat akin to sending the fox to guard the hen house); a student of dead languages, Armand Louque; Englishman Clifford Grayson; and General Duval and his daughter Claire. Armand falls in love with Claire, who accepts his proposal of marriage in order to spite Clifford whom she really loves. Later, when Claire, following an accident, runs to Cliff for ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 June 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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1.37 : 1
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This film's earliest documented telecast took place in New York City Thursday 19 January 1950 on the DuMont Television Network's WABD (Channel 5). See more »

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When Armand, who has been following a native wading through water, steps from the water to steps, his pants are dry when they should have been wet. See more »

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Ignacio MacDonald: Who the gods destroy, they first make mad.
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Second act turn toward romance hobbles what should have been a horror classic
15 January 2006 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

The plot of the film has a Cambodian priest coming to aid the French during World War One. He is willing to use his powers to make an army of zombies to help the French win the war. When a successful demonstration frightens the French as much as the enemy the priest is locked up to save mankind from his power. While confined the priest is killed by someone looking to learn the secret. The French are frightened that someone else might learn the secret of zombies and sends an expedition to Cambodia to find any trace of the secret so it can be safeguarded. Unfortunately one of the men sent on the expedition discovers the secret just as his love life goes south and he begins to put his new found power to a dark purpose.

If that sounds exciting you might want to try this clunky little film, though be warned it turns dull for the middle stretch. Starting with a bang this movie hooks you with the premise of a zombie army fighting in the trenches of the western front, and then crashes into a ditch as the plot shifts to Cambodia and becomes, for a good chunk of its running time, a soapy love story. Its not terrible but but doesn't belong in a horror movie. If you cut the love story out you'd have a great 30 minute horror film. The romance, while a motivating factor for what follows, ends up being more filler than vital plot material.

Not the all time turkey that some people have labeled it, this is a movie that has a great start and great end but clunky middle. If you can get past that middle you'll probably find yourself liking this movie, if not you're in for a long night at the movies.


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