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Zombie Lake (1981)

Le lac des morts vivants (original title)
Not Rated | | 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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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

France | Spain

Language:

French

Release Date:

13 May 1981 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Zombie Lake See more »

Filming Locations:

France

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Jean Rollin felt so embarrassed by this film he wouldn't admit for years he directed it under the name J.A. Lazer. See more »

Goofs

When the woman is swimming in the lake during the opening credits, the water lilies on the water surface disappear or appear between shots outside the water and underwater. See more »

Quotes

Morane: So, you think that ghosts killed them?
The Mayor: Yes, that is what I think.
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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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Connections

Referenced in Fear, Panic & Censorship (2000) See more »

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User Reviews

Extremely enjoyable when you´re in a drunk condition!
17 February 2002 | by DJ InfernoSee all my reviews

Jean Rollin´s ("The Living Dead Girl") "Zombie Lake" is a giant laughfest, however a very entertaining one! The story (Yeah, what story?!?) is about a squad of German Gestapo soldiers who were killed by a bunch of French partisans and afterwards sank in a lake. Twelve years later they rise as living dead and take merciless revenge... As I said, a very cheesy flick, because the quality of this film is on not higher than amateurish level: the zombie´s faces were painted with green color, the acting is a joke, the camera is permanently wobbling and the location also could be the dump where I´m living in! The main attraction is when a bus of young chicks arrives at the lake, the girls take off their clothes, rush into the water and then get munched by the dead one by one! Absolutely hilarious!! You don´t have to wonder when you´ll notice that the script was written by sleaze master Jess Franco..! However, the liked the underwater shots and the WW2-flashback was well-executed, too! Finally another great party movie, extremely enjoyable when you´re drunk, and an absolute icon of bad taste!!!


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