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Night of the Zombies (1981)

R | | Horror, Sci-Fi | January 1981 (USA)
Investigators search for soldiers' missing bodies, and hear unbelievable rumors about zombies. Dismissing those rumors they set out to investigate. After two men are found dead, CIA ... See full summary »


Joel M. Reed


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie Gillis ... Nick Monroe
Ryan Hilliard ... Dr. Clarence Proud
Ron Armstrong Ron Armstrong ... Police Capt. Fleck
Shoshana Ascher Shoshana Ascher ... Prostitute
John Barilla John Barilla
Dick Carballo Dick Carballo ... Bearded Man at Bar
Michael Casconi Michael Casconi
Richard deFaut Richard deFaut ... Sgt. Freedman
Alphonso DeNoble Alphonso DeNoble ... Krieg - Camera-store Proprietor
Gordon C. Dixon Gordon C. Dixon
Samantha Grey Samantha Grey ... Susan Proud
Juni Kulis Juni Kulis ... GRO Officer Schuller
Robert Laconi ... (as Bob Laconi)
Charlene Matus Charlene Matus
Lee Moore Lee Moore


Investigators search for soldiers' missing bodies, and hear unbelievable rumors about zombies. Dismissing those rumors they set out to investigate. After two men are found dead, CIA special-agent Nick Monroe is sent to flush out what are suspected to be deserters from the old U.S. Army Chemical Corps unit. Nick's ruthless investigation uncovers a ghoulish plot of world domination, but first he must escape the horror that does not want to be known... yet! Written by Chris Mayo <cmayo@thezone.net>

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Release Date:

January 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Night of the Zombies: Battalion of the Living Dead See more »

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Munich, Bavaria, Germany See more »

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Not just the worst Nazi-Zombie movie... the worst movie; period!
7 July 2009 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

This horror movie production of very, VERY questionable quality opens rather peculiarly, with German marching music during the opening credits and a bunch of seemingly drunk actors with heavy German accents talking incomprehensible nonsense to each other. You either have to put the movie on stop straight away or accept these poor productions values immediately, because the incoherent plotting, weak dialogs and trashy incompetence go on for the rest of the movie. A handful of researchers are investigating a remote and forestry German region because, allegedly, there was held a secretive chemical warfare battle near the end of WWII and since then the place is a breeding ground for rotting Nazi zombies. Well, with more than 30 years after the end of the War, I'd say it's about time the military decided to investigate the rumors! If you manage to get the boring and inept first hour and ten minutes, during which there's absolutely not a single zombie in sight, you'll be "rewarded" with perhaps two or three zombie attack sequences, but still they'll all be scare-free and with terribly lame make-up effects.

The term "so bad it is good" doesn't even apply here anymore, as "Night of the Zombies" is a truly bottom-of-the-barrel horrible, trashy, tasteless and imbecilic Z-grade exploitation effort that cannot even remotely entertain the most hardened fans of bad cinema. Everything about the film is hideous to percept, from the characters' ugly mustaches to the nauseating Tiroler soundtrack. And just when you think it couldn't possible get any worse, writer/director Joel M. Reed comes up with a couple of the utmost retarded plot twists. Obviously there's also some random and totally gratuitous female nudity and a couple of embarrassing attempts at humor. I have honestly no idea what Joel M. Reed thought he was accomplishing here, but it's a miserable piece of junk that can't hold a candle to that other sordid little cult effort of his; entitled "Bloodsucking Freaks". I'm a big fan of that particular movie because it's so extreme and offensive, but "Night of the Zombies" is one of the most boring and pointless waste of film I ever voluntarily endured.

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