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Garden of the Dead (1972)

Convicts on a chain gang sniff experimental formaldehyde fumes to get high. They attempt a prison break, are shot down by the guards and buried in the prison garden. Soon, they rise from ... See full summary »


John Hayes


Daniel Cady (story), Jack Matcha

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Philip Kenneally ... Warden (as Phil Kenneally)
Duncan McLeod Duncan McLeod ... Dr. Saunders (as Duncan McCloud)
John Dullaghan ... Sgt. Burns
John Dennis ... Jablonski
Susan Charney Susan Charney ... Carol Johnson
Marland Proctor ... Paul Johnson
Tony Vorno Tony Vorno ... Mitchell
Jerome Guardino Jerome Guardino ... Gravedigger
Lee Frost Lee Frost ... McGee
James Lemp ... Coler (as Eric Stern)
Virgil Frye ... Bradock
Phil Hoover Phil Hoover ... Donovan
Carmen Filpi ... Nolan
Jack Driscoll Jack Driscoll
Tod Mantilla Tod Mantilla


Convicts on a chain gang sniff experimental formaldehyde fumes to get high. They attempt a prison break, are shot down by the guards and buried in the prison garden. Soon, they rise from the dead, using shovels and hoes to kill all who get in their way on their quest to get high once more. Written by Humberto Amador

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Death was the only living thing. See more »


Sci-Fi | Horror


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Release Date:

15 September 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tomb of the Undead See more »

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Production Co:

Millenium Productions See more »
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1.85 : 1
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Originally distributed as the second feature on a double bill with Grave of the Vampire (1972). See more »


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Attack of the Formaldehyde Addicts
23 March 2008 | by lovecraft231See all my reviews

An escaped chain gang get hooked on a strange brand of formaldehyde-only to be shot dead. This formaldehyde has a strange effect though, as they come back as ticked off zombies.

"Garden of the Dead" is a movie obviously influenced by the far superior "Night of the Living Dead", though it's still a watchable slice of 70's horror/exploitation cheese. Sure, the music doesn't fit, the movie's premise, while not as dumb as say, "The Corpse Grinders", is still incredibly stupid, people do dumb things, and it's poorly acted.

That out of the way, nobody is watching a movie like "Garden of the Dead" for high artistic aspirations. They are watching it because it's laughably bad, but not unwatchable, and oddly enduring in it's own stupid way. Besides, they don't make movies like this anymore, and it kind of makes one wish they did.

That's all in all why I can't rate this movie. On one hand, it's incompetent and dumb on all levels. On the other hand, you can't help but love the stupidity on display. That's why it defies a proper rating in my opinion.

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