49 user 46 critic

Revenge of the Dead (1983)

Zeder (original title)
Stefano, a young journalist, buys a used typewriter and accidentally sees that some text is still readable on the ribbon. He manages to reconstruct the story of a scientist, Paolo Zeder, ... See full summary »


Pupi Avati


Pupi Avati (story), Pupi Avati (screenplay) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Gabriele Lavia ... Stefano
Anne Canovas ... Alessandra
Paola Tanziani Paola Tanziani ... Gabriella Goodman
Cesare Barbetti Cesare Barbetti ... Dr. Meyer
Bob Tonelli Bob Tonelli ... Mr. Big
Ferdinando Orlandi Ferdinando Orlandi ... Giovine - faux Don Luigi
Enea Ferrario Enea Ferrario ... Mirko
John Stacy ... Professor Chesi
Alex Partexano Alex Partexano ... Police Lt. Guido Silvestri (as Alessandro Partexano)
Marcello Tusco Marcello Tusco ... Doctor Melis
Aldo Sassi Aldo Sassi ... Don Mario
Veronica Moriconi ... Young Gabriella
Enrico Ardizzone ... Benni
Maria Teresa Toffano Maria Teresa Toffano ... Anna (as Maria Teresa Tofano)
Andrea Montuschi Andrea Montuschi ... Inspector Bouffet


Stefano, a young journalist, buys a used typewriter and accidentally sees that some text is still readable on the ribbon. He manages to reconstruct the story of a scientist, Paolo Zeder, who in the 1950's discovered that some types of terrain have the power to revive the dead that are buried in them. Stefano's investigations bring him in contact with a group of renegade scientists that are still making experiments to prove Zeder's theories. Written by Giancarlo Cairella <vertigo@imdb.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


They rise at night. See more »


Horror | Mystery


R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »

Did You Know?


The abandoned building in the later scenes is the Colonia Varese hotel complex in Milano Marittima, Italy. Opened as a fascist-era holiday complex in 1938, it closed two years later after the outbreak of World War II. After being used as a prison and hospital for Germany troops, lay abandoned since the 1950s, and at the time of writing (2019) is still standing. See more »


When first victim is on the autopsy table, she can be seen breathing very clearly. See more »


Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013) See more »

User Reviews

A great atmospheric ghost story that is NOT a zombie movie!
26 March 2002 | by chrisdfilmSee all my reviews

To my knowledge this was not supposed to be a zombie film nor was it marketed as a gory zombie, living-dead-type picture as some people may think. It IS a scary, atmospheric ghost story that builds slowly but very effectively. There are creepy sequences throughout the film and the only liability is the guy's voice who dubbed lead actor, Lavia. Otherwise it's one of the few movies from the 1980s from Europe or elsewhere that really stands up as far as creating an atmosphere of supernatural dread. Has a similar feel to some of the latest Japanese horror films such as Hideo Nakata's RING and Kiyoshi Kurosawa's CURE, SEANCE and PULSE. Well worth seeing, especially if you love horror films. Also check out director, Pupi Avati's latest ARCANE ENCHANTER, a great period ghost story. Unfortunately, Avati's scariest film, THE HOUSE WITH WINDOWS THAT LAUGHED is extremely hard-to-find in the U.S. in any form.

23 of 27 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 49 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.


Official Sites:

Official site [Italy]


Italy | France


Italian | English

Release Date:

January 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Revenge of the Dead See more »


Box Office


ITL500,000,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed