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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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John Gilling

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Peter Bryan (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
André Morell ... Sir James Forbes
Diane Clare ... Sylvia Forbes
Brook Williams ... Dr. Peter Tompson
Jacqueline Pearce ... Alice Mary Tompson
John Carson ... Squire Clive Hamilton
Alexander Davion ... Denver (as Alex Davion)
Michael Ripper ... Sergeant Jack Swift
Marcus Hammond Marcus Hammond ... Tom Martinus
Dennis Chinnery Dennis Chinnery ... Constable Christian
Louis Mahoney ... Coloured Servant
Roy Royston Roy Royston ... Vicar
Ben Aris Ben Aris ... John Martinus
Tim Condren Tim Condren ... A young blood (as Tim Condron)
Bernard Barnsley Bernard Barnsley ... A young blood (as Bernard Egan)
Norman Mann ... 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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Only The Lord Of The Dead Could Unleash Them!

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Zombies See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Originally shown (in London) in a double billing with Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966). See more »

Goofs

Immediately after Denver is struck down during the struggle with Sir Forbes, he lands face down with his left arm inside the fireplace and his left arm catches on fire, but in the next shot he is facing up, and it's his right arm that is on fire. See more »

Quotes

Sir James Forbes: Someone in this village is practicing witchcraft. That corpse wandering on the moors is an undead, a zombie.
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Featured in Amazing Stories: Mirror, Mirror (1986) See more »

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A Great Movie of Zombies Made Before the Classical `The Night of the Living Dead'
8 September 2003 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In 1860, Sir James Forbes (André Morell) and his daughter Sylvia (Diane Clare) receive a letter from his former brilliant student Dr. Peter Tompson (Brook Williams), who is married to an old school friend of Sylvia, Alice (Jacqueline Pearce). In this letter, Peter tells that mysterious deaths are happening in the area where he is the local doctor. Sir James decides to visit the friends with Sylvia and helps Peter to find out what is happening. There, he realizes that the bodies of the new dead are disappearing from their graves. A further investigation shows them the existence of zombies in that location. This 1966 movie from Hammer just released on DVD in Brazil is a great film of zombies. There are just a few good movies about this subject that I can remember (the best of them and classical 1968 `The Night of the Living Dead' and the two others of George Romero's trilogy – `Dawn of the Dead' and `Day of the Dead', the good remake of `The Night of the Living Dead', the great Bill Pullman's `Brain Dead' and also great Jennifer's Grey `Ritual'). This movie from Hammer is also an excellent one, and if the viewer pays attention, he will notice that it was made BEFORE the 1968 `The Night of the Living Dead'. I supposed that George Romero's movie was the first important one to explore the zombie theme, but now I realize that this 1966 Hammer's movie came first. My vote is eight.


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