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Shock Waves (1977)

Visitors to a remote island discover that a reclusive Nazi commandant has been breeding a group of Zombie soldiers.

Director:

Ken Wiederhorn

Writers:

John Kent Harrison (screenplay) (as John Harrison), Ken Wiederhorn (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Cushing ... SS Commander
John Carradine ... Captain Ben Morris
Brooke Adams ... Rose
Fred Buch ... Chuck
Jack Davidson ... Norman
Luke Halpin ... Keith
D.J. Sidney ... Beverly
Don Stout ... Dobbs
Clarence Thomas Clarence Thomas ... Fisherman
Sammy Graham Sammy Graham ... Zombie
Preston White Preston White ... Zombie
Reid Finger Reid Finger ... Zombie
Mike Kennedy Mike Kennedy ... Zombie
Donahue Guillory Donahue Guillory ... Zombie
Jay Maeder ... Zombie
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Storyline

This horror movie concerns a shipwrecked yachting party. Rose and her fellow yacht-mates, including the captain run aground on an island when they hit an odd-looking freighter. Once beached, they meet up with an aging SS Commander who had been in charge of a crew of zombies. Written by Ørnås

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Taglines:

Once They Were Almost Human! Beneath the living... Beyond the dead... From the depths of Hell's Ocean! The Deep End of Horror!

Genres:

Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 July 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Almost Human See more »

Filming Locations:

Biscayne Bay, Florida, USA See more »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Zopix Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Headlining stars John Carradine and Peter Cushing each worked five days. Carradine earned $5,000 while Cushing earned $25,000 (plus first class airfare to and from London, hotel accommodations and a driver). See more »

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When Rose is sitting alone in the boat as it starts to drift away from the group, the boom and mike are briefly visible over Keith's head as he begins calling to her. See more »

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creepy, atmospheric underwater 'Shock--er'
18 October 2004 | by Tom_Powers30See all my reviews

I had heard about this one for the first time on a radio call-in show specializing in discussing movies about two years ago, then I started seeing the movie posters online. The image of rotted corpses with dark goggles uplifting a ship and rising from the ocean was quite intriguing. Once I heard it was coming to DVD courtesy of Blue Underground I knew that I had to seek it out--it wasn't easy! I finally found my converted copy and brought popped it in my DVD player with high hopes......needless to say I, thankfully, was not disappointed and 'Shock Waves' has become one of my favorite so-called guilty pleasures.

Things that work for this movie: the creepy score is eerie and smacks of late 70's horror. The cast: Cushing and Carradine in cameos, the lovely Brooke Adams in a yellow bikini, eerie underwater footage of Nazi zombies walking across the ocean floor (mirrored, recently in a big budget, effects-laden Disney movie about Pirates!), and the understated make-up, while not quite living up to the fantastic cover art, does work here! I really, really love this movie and have watched it rather frequently since it's come to DVD. It is a perfect late night scary show and it's leisurely paced in a good way as to let the creepiness wear on you. I noticed that I've used the adjectives creepy and eerie quite a bit, well, rent or buy a copy of this film and you'll be creeped out for Halloween or any time that you feel like a late night monster movie zombie!


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