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Zombie Lake (1981)

Le lac des morts vivants (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Horror | 13 May 1981 (France)
In a small village, somewhere in France, German soldiers, killed and thrown into the lake by the Resistance during WW II, come back.

Directors:

Jean Rollin (as J.A. Laser), Julian de Laserna (uncredited)

Writers:

Julián Esteban (story) (as Julius Valery), Jesús Franco (as A.L. Mariaux)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Howard Vernon ... The Mayor
Pierre-Marie Escourrou Pierre-Marie Escourrou ... German Soldier (as Pierre Escourrou)
Anouchka Anouchka ... Helena
Antonio Mayans ... Morane (as Robert Foster)
Nadine Pascal Nadine Pascal ... Helena's Mother (as Nadine Pascale)
Youri Radionow Youri Radionow ... Chanac (as Youri Rad)
Bertrand Altmann Bertrand Altmann ... (as Burt Altman)
Gilda Arancio Gilda Arancio ... Blonde Girl Swimmer
Marcia Sharif Marcia Sharif ... Katya
Yvonne Dany Yvonne Dany ... (as Yvonne Dani)
Jean Rene Bleu Jean Rene Bleu ... (as Jean-René Bleu)
Jean Rollin ... Stiltz
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In a small village, somewhere in France, German soldiers, killed and thrown into the lake by the Resistance during WW II, come back. Written by Denis Ruckebusch <druckeb@mygale.org>

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They're WAITING for YOU... just BENEATH THE SURFACE! See more »

Genres:

Action | Horror

Certificate:

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Country:

France | Spain

Language:

French

Release Date:

13 May 1981 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Zombie Lake See more »

Filming Locations:

France

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Jesús Franco was planned to direct but was replaced by Jean Rollin at the very last minute. Rollin later said he deeply regretted having accepted as soon as he read the script. Jean Rollin felt so embarrassed by this film that he wouldn't admit for years he directed it, under the name J.A. Lazer. See more »

Goofs

When the German soldiers are thrown into the river, one soldier's boots are stolen, and he is thrown in with only socks on. When all the zombies emerge from the lake, every zombie has boots on. See more »

Quotes

Morane: Let's get away from this heap of hicks.
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Alternate Versions

Several of the scenes involving nudity were re-shot with the actresses wearing clothes. These alternate "clothed scenes" are included as extras on the Image Entertainment "EuroShock Collection" DVD. The alternate scenes are as follows:
  • The girl who goes skinny dipping at the beginning now swims in her underwear
  • The volleyball girls go into the lake wearing t-shirts and panties
  • The girl who runs into the pub now wears a revealing shirt instead of appearing topless
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Schlockiness at its finest.
24 January 2004 | by groatskiSee all my reviews

A must-see for WWII militaria collectors, reenactors, and historians. Watch this around a big screen TV with a bunch of your buddies and lots of beer and you'll laugh your asses off, then bury the tape in the back yard and never see it again.

Brief plot: A group of Nazi soldiers in Italy are killed by the local resistance and dumped into a lake, but not before one of them impregnates a local girl. The soldiers 'somehow' emerge from the lake several years later as zombies and start killing off naked babes.

The movie is impossible to take seriously. The total budget of the film was probably $75, including the tape in the camera. It was like a bunch of teenage boys with a weekend to kill got hold of a video camera and said, 'Hey, I got a bunch of old Swedish uniforms. Let's pin swastikas to them, paint our faces green, and walk around like Frankenstien with a load in his pants while pulling topless women into the lake.' The fact that it was filmed in French and dubbed (poorly) into English only adds to the schlockiness.

I only hope that the director had as much fun making this film as I did watching it, because I pity them if they thought they were cranking out competent cinema.


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