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

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Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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

After the ambushers says they will bury the German soldiers in the lake, one man kicks a soldier and he rolls down a small dirt hill. As he rolls, the 'dead' soldiers opens his eyes. 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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Hilarious Horror-Trash by Eurocine
9 July 2012 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In World War II, in a small village in France vanquished by the German army, a local woman has a love affair with one soldier and they have a daughter, Helena. One day, the German soldiers are ambushed and killed by the French Resistance and their bodies are thrown into a lake.

Ten years later, the soldiers become an army of undead attacking the locals. The Mayor, who was part of the resistance, organizes a posse with a flamethrower, to destroy the living dead, and uses the girl Helena to help them.

"Le Lac des Morts Vivants" is another hilarious low-budget horror-trash by Eurocine from the 70's and 80's recently released in Brazil on DVD with attractive cover. Everything is absurd in this film, from the story and screenplay to the direction, acting, make-up and cinematography (the exception are the underwater scenes); but controversially I have enjoyed and had lots of fun watching this trash. Although not responsible for the direction, the touch of Jesus Franco is visible. My vote is four.

Title (Brazil): "O Lago dos Zumbis" ("The Zombie's Lake")


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