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The Plague of the Zombies (1966)

Approved | | Horror | 12 January 1966 (USA)
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Young workers are dying because of a mysterious epidemic in a little village in Cornwall. Doctor Thompson is helpless and asks professor James Forbes for help. The professor and his ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sir James Forbes
... Sylvia Forbes
... Dr. Peter Tompson
Jacqueline Pearce ... Alice Mary Tompson
... Squire Clive Hamilton
... Denver (as Alex Davion)
... Sergeant Jack Swift
Marcus Hammond ... Tom Martinus
Dennis Chinnery ... Constable Christian
... Coloured Servant
Roy Royston ... Vicar
Ben Aris ... John Martinus
Tim Condren ... A young blood (as Tim Condron)
Bernard Barnsley ... A young blood (as Bernard Egan)
... A young blood
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Young workers are dying because of a mysterious epidemic in a little village in Cornwall. Doctor Thompson is helpless and asks professor James Forbes for help. The professor and his daughter Sylvia travel to Thomson. Terrible things happen soon, beyond imagination or reality. Dead people are seen near an old, unused mine. Late people seem to live suddenly. Professor Forbes presumes that black magic is involved and someone has extraordinary power. He doesn't know how close he is: the dead become alive because of a magic voodoo-ritual, and so they must serve their master as mindless zombies... Written by Matthias Luehr <mluehr@htwm.de>

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The film takes place in August 1860. See more »

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After Squire Clive Hamilton catches Sylvia's blood in the glass, he transfers it to a vial. When he does so, it is revealed just how much blood was in the cup. However, there's no way that that much blood could have possibly come from a small wound on her finger. See more »

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Sir James Forbes: High-ate-ee is how he pronounces Haiti.
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One of the most original and entertaining Hammer movies of the 1960s.
7 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

My vote for best Hammer movie of the 1960s goes to 'The Plague Of The Zombies'. It is easily one of the most original and entertaining films the studio ever released. Director John Gilling (also responsible for the bodysnatching classic 'The Flesh And The Fiends' a.k.a. 'Mania') really turns up the suspense in this gripping tale. He is helped enormously by a strong cast of leads - Andre Morell (the best Quatermass, in the original fifties TV version of 'Quatermass And The Pit'), who plays Sir James Forbes, man of science who must eventually accept that magic exists. Diane Clare ('The Haunting'), his independent daughter Sylvia, who becomes entangled in the mysterious goings on in a small Cornish village. And John Carson ('Captain Kronos, Vampire Hunter'), the charming but evil Squire who they must defeat. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, and am baffled why it is rarely mentioned when Hammer horror movies are discussed. Highly recommended fun, creepy and well acted.


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