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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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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!

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Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 July 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shockwaves See more »

Filming Locations:

Biscayne Bay, Florida, USA See more »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Zopix Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The hotel in the film is an actual Biltmore Hotel in Florida that was shut down for a two-year period and was abandoned at the time of filming. Director Ken Wiederhorn paid $250 to rent the building for the shoot. The hotel was renovated a couple of years after the shoot and now charges significantly more than $250 per room, per night. See more »

Goofs

When Chuck and Rose discover Beverly's body in the fish tank, the position of the green plants in relation to her body change. See more »

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Impressive low budget 70s horror movie
30 October 2013 | by utgard14See all my reviews

This is an underrated cult classic from the 70s, a great decade for atmospheric horror films. The eerie score, excellent location and spooky zombie makeup are all great. A few reviewers have complained about the makeup for the zombies but I thought it was good for the purposes and budget of this film. I assume these naysayers also belong to the "show us more guts" crowd. Some other complaints are about the daylight shooting. Apparently, according to some, this detracts from the movie's effectiveness to scare people. Hogwash. It takes more talent to create atmosphere and terror in broad daylight than at night. The director accomplishes this quite well and deserves to be applauded for it.

The cast is solid. Brooke Adams is a young and sexy lead. Solid support from horror vets Peter Cushing and John Carradine (whose arthritic hands are painful look at and I can only imagine the poor man's suffering). The male lead is the mustachioed Luke Halpin (from Flipper) and he's very rootable.

On a side note I have to roll my eyes at some of the reviewers bemoaning the lack of gore and guts. This is not a zombie movie in the Romero mold. These are reanimated dead Nazis who kill. They don't eat brains or rip out guts. Why some need to see such visceral imagery to enjoy a horror film is perplexing to me but it takes all kinds I guess.


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