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Erotic Nights of the Living Dead (1980)

Le notti erotiche dei morti viventi (original title)
Unrated | | Adult, Horror | 18 November 1980 (Italy)
With a 20 year lease on an tropical island, horny John heads out with Fiona on a yacht skippered by horny Larry, to inspect the island for resort development. They meet Luna/Laura Gemser. John didn't expect zombies.


Joe D'Amato


George Eastman (as Tom Salina)




Complete credited cast:
Laura Gemser ... Luna
George Eastman ... Larry O'Hara
Dirce Funari Dirce Funari ... Fiona
Mark Shannon Mark Shannon ... John Wilson (as Mark Shanon)


A tropical island cursed by voodoo is purchased by a land developer, John who plans to open a luxury hotel. He hires a sea captain ,Larry to take him and his gold-digger girlfriend, Fiona to the nearby island. Arriving at their location, the group is greeted by a shaman and his granddaughter Luna. They are warned to leave as the island is the reported home to zombies of dead natives. But Luna, who just might be a ghost, takes a liking to the greedy land owner. Written by lament

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When the three first leave for Cat Island, the boat engine is running and the 'captain' asks the other guy to take the wheel. The boat isn't even moving. The ship in the background is moving and the background (the land and building) behind them isn't. After a minute, they do seem to have moved just a few feet as if just drifting in the water. See more »

Alternate Versions

The "hardcore" print of this film differs from the "softcore" version as follows.
  • The scene between Mark Shannon and the two prostitutes in his room continues after they head into the shower where they are seen washing and masturbating him. A later scene of him performing oral sex on both women before climbing on top of them is also present in the "uncut" version.
  • The scene of Mark Shannon and Dirce Funari in the hotel room, with Shannon licking champagne of of Funari's genitals is longer, but is not explicit.
  • The scene featuring George Eastman watching Annj Goren masturbate is longer and features more explicit close-ups of Goren.
  • The scene in the nightclub of George Eastman and the dancer includes shots of her penetrating herself with a champagne bottle.
  • The scene of Dirce Funari performing fellatio on Mark Shannon is extended, showing Mark Shannon's exposed backside, however the scene is not explicit.
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How sexy are your zombies?
21 May 2005 | by Ky-DSee all my reviews

For a film to have 'erotic' in the title, the film should have erotic scenes. If a film has 'living dead' in the title, there should be some good gut munching. And finally, if a film has 'night of' in the title, the film should be shot at night. But then again, this is a Joe D'Amato flick.

Story: people go to investigate an island,come across some creepy natives, have lots of sex and get eaten.

There is plenty of nudity and hard-core sexual escapades on display (if you have the uncut version), but not a bit of it is erotic or arousing. Some male/female, female/female, pick your poison. Matters are further complicated by the obvious fact that some of the actors are not at all comfortable with bearing it all, taking the blandly shot scenes and making them all the more dull.

For a film like this, violence is the answer, or should have been. D'amato is unusually thin-skinned about laying on the gore. There are a couple of choice bits, but nothing spectacular. If it weren't bad enough that the zombies don't do a whole hell of a lot, it's worse that they take forever to finally start reeking havoc. I suppose the intention was to build suspense, but with a film like this what's the point.

So how well is it made then? For a film supposedly occurring mostly at night it is readily apparent that most all of the movie was shot during then day then given the day-for-night treatment. The dubbing is dubious and the limited effects some what suspect.

A mid-range rating for a bad movie that will undoubtedly find a niche audience; you know who you are.


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18 November 1980 (Italy) See more »

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Sexy Nights of the Living Dead See more »

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