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Teenage Zombies (1959)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 15 April 1960 (USA)
A crazed female scientist uses nerve gas to turn local teenagers into her unquestioning slaves.

Director:

Jerry Warren

Writer:

Jerry Warren (original screenplay) (as Jaques Lecotier)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Don Sullivan ... Regg
Katherine Victor ... Dr. Myra
Steve Conte ... Whorf
J.L.D. Morrison J.L.D. Morrison ... Brandt
Brianne Murphy Brianne Murphy ... Pam (as Bri Murphy)
Paul Pepper Paul Pepper ... Skip
Mitzie Albertson Mitzie Albertson ... Julie (as Mitzi Alpertson)
Jay Hawk Jay Hawk ... Morrie
Mike Concannon Mike Concannon ... Sheriff
Nan Green Nan Green ... Dotty
Don Neeley Don Neeley ... Major Coleman
Chuck Niles Chuck Niles ... Ivan
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Storyline

Teenagers Reg, Skip, Julie and Pam go out for an afternoon of water skiing on a nice day. They come ashore on an island that is being used as a testing center for a scientist and agents from "an eastern power." They seek to turn the people of the United States into easily controlled zombie like creatures. The agents steal Reg's boat, stranding the teens on the island. The four friends are then held captive in cages able only to speculate on their fate. Though they have already been testing the formula on convicts and drunks, the enemy scientist and agents plan to conduct final tests on the teens before they use it on the rest of America. Meanwhile, two of their friends, whom the captives had planned to meet later, search for their missing friends. After a series of suspicious encounters, they urge the corrupt sheriff to search the island where their friends are trapped. Written by Jim Cobb <gymcobb@azstarnet.com>

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A fiendish experiment performed with sadistic horror! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Teenage Torture See more »

Filming Locations:

Salton Sea, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

GBM Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The island and boat scenes were filmed at the Salton Sea so that location fees could be avoided. See more »

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Perfect, except for the lack of water skiing scenes
9 January 2007 | by cutterccbaxterSee all my reviews

Director Jerry Warren chooses to tell his story "Teenage Zombies" via the master shot. There are about two close ups in the entire film. This allows Warren to fully exploit and reveal the mise- en-scene of every scene. This technique also allows the actors to roam the frame and use their body language to develop their multi-dimensional characters. In particular, Chuck Niles is able to portray a fully fleshed out Ivan because of Warren's deployment of the master shot. It's a brilliant performance that overshadows all the other actors in the movie. Mitch Evans also gives us a subtle and nuanced performance as the gorilla. My one complaint about the film is that we don't see any water skiing. I like films with water skiing in them and I suspect Warren could have cut together an intriguing water skiing montage if he had been so inclined.


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