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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.

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(as J.A. Laser), (uncredited)

Writers:

(story) (as Julius Valery), (as A.L. Mariaux)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... The Mayor
Pierre-Marie Escourrou ... German Soldier (as Pierre Escourrou)
Anouchka ... Helena
... Morane (as Robert Foster)
Nadine Pascal ... Helena's Mother (as Nadine Pascale)
Youri Radionow ... Chanac (as Youri Rad)
Bertrand Altmann ... (as Burt Altman)
Gilda Arancio ... Blonde Girl Swimmer
Marcia Sharif ... Katya
Yvonne Dany ... (as Yvonne Dani)
Jean Rene Bleu ... (as Jean-René Bleu)
... 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 »

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Also Known As:

Lake of the Zombies  »

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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

In the end scene where the villagers have all of the zombies together in a barn and then set them on fire with a flamethrower, the scene starts in evening with the night getting really dark. But in shots you can see through the barns windows and doors, that the sky keeps alternating from dark evening, to bright day sky. Then after the zombies are killed by the fire, the sky has now changed to a permanent crystal blue day sky. See more »

Quotes

Morane: So, you think that ghosts killed them?
The Mayor: Yes, that is what I think.
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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

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Night of the Living Brain Dead Rip-Offs
4 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

Let's clear one thing up first, if you want a good zombie horror movie then go rent something else. If you are looking for nonstop naked Euro babes and unintentional laughs in the form of terrible dubbing and FX, then look no further. Considering director Jean Rollin isn't exactly a hack and has made quite a few interesting and stylish horror films, why does THIS have to his best-circulated film in America?

Here's a taste of what you're in for gang...

Nazi soldiers shot and killed during WWII rise from a lake and terrorize the citizens of a picturesque, small French town. The green-faced flesheater make-up could easily be the worst ever. It opens with a very long segment featuring a naked woman walking around, sunbathing, then swimming. Zombie POV shots show her doggy paddling around for what seems to be an hour before she is pulled under. In another scene, a zombie stalking a woman has normal hands, but when he attacks and kills her his hands are suddenly green. My favorite part is when an all-girl basketball team arrive in a van ("Come on out girls! HAHA!"), strip naked and splash around in the lake. Underwater shots capture them from all angles before they get killed. Howard Vernon, Europe's answer to John Carradine, stars as a mayor who tells a reporter in flashback the fate of the zombie soldiers. OASIS OF THE ZOMBIES (1981) has a similar theme and was made by the same crew, but different director (Jesus Franco). Both are insufferably terrible!

Score: 1 out of 10


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