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Revolt of the Zombies (1936)

Approved | | Adventure, Horror | 4 June 1936 (USA)
An international expedition is sent into Cambodia to destroy an ancient formula that turns men into zombies.

Director:

Victor Halperin
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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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Storyline

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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Adventure | Horror

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Ignacio MacDonald: You've done a terrible thing to her.
Armand Louque: Is it so terrible to fight for and to get the one thing in this world that you want?
Ignacio MacDonald: Not if you played a gentleman's game.
Armand Louque: I don't like sermons.
Ignacio MacDonald: Nor, perhaps, the truth?
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Referenced in Brainfood Reviewed: White Zombie & DayZ (2017) See more »

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Better than what everyone says!
30 December 2003 | by the_mysteriousxSee all my reviews

No, not in any way a masterpiece, but in no way deserving of a 2.6 on the IMDb poll, this film is better than its' reputation!

I have avoided this film directly for 10 years because of its' reputation. 10 years ago I first saw White Zombie, the Halperin brothers' first zombie film, and a horror classic, and was impressed. However, I didn't get this one mostly because Lugosi wasn't in it.

Finally, after skipping this title nearly a hundred times, year after year, I finally decided to shell out the eight bucks and sit in horror of pure nonsense, and honestly it wasn't that bad. In fact, there are some redeeming qualities in this. It reminds me a bit of another good independent effort from the year before, Condemned to Live. And the acting is certainly not any worse than in White Zombie, minus, of course, the huge Lugosi charisma.

Needless to say, the Halperin brothers employed many of the same cinematic styles from their previous zombie hit. Gone, though, is the heavy music; this time less influential stock music is used. Gone also, are the split screen wipes that made some of the imagery in the previous film so memorable. But, this is still a typical-looking low budget horror from 1936. No better, but no worse.

What the problem must be is reputation. This film seems to have some undeserving bullseye on its' head because it is the follow-up to White Zombie. The truth is, another soon-to-be bankrupt studio produced this film and did as good a job on it as any other poverty row horror production up to that time.

If you look up other, EXTREMELY SIMILAR low budget horrors from the 30s, many of which I have suffered through, this one has by far the worst IMDb rating. It only proves that the weighted average is no safety against ballot stuffers - it is equally damaging when only 25% of the people vote below the weighted average and 75% is above. It feels like Bush- Gore all over again. :-) 6/10 - 2 1/2 stars.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

4 June 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Revolt of the Demons See more »

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