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War of the Zombies (1964)

Roma contro Roma (original title)
A fantastic yarn about a plot to conquer the world with an army of zombies!


Giuseppe Vari


Ferruccio De Martino (story), Massimo De Rita (story) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview:
John Drew Barrymore ... Aderbad
Susy Andersen ... Tullia
Ettore Manni ... Gaius
Evelyn Stewart ... Rhama (as Ida Galli)
Mino Doro Mino Doro ... Lutetius
Ivano Staccioli Ivano Staccioli ... Sirion
Philippe Hersent Philippe Hersent ... Azer
Andrea Checchi
Livia Contardi Livia Contardi
Mathilda Calnan Mathilda Calnan ... (as Matilda Calman)
Rosy Zichel Rosy Zichel
Antonio Corevi Antonio Corevi
Giulio Maculani Giulio Maculani


A fantastic yarn about a plot to conquer the world with an army of zombies!

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Unconquerable Warriors of the Dead!


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Release Date:

March 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Night Star: Goddess of Electra See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Galatea Film See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Aderbad: [points to corpse] This man died yesterday in battle. Today the Goddess will accept him into Her legions... and he will fight against his old comrades.
Gaius: [scoffs] A dead soldier cannot fight against anyone
Aderbad: [taking dish and drinking] Blood! Rise soldier... in drinking your blood I have given it life. It now flows through your veins. Rise! Rise!
spectator: He breathes! He moves!
Aderbad: Look at him. He is alive, yet he has no will. He is the perfect warrior, for he's immortal; no one could ever kill him twice.
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Edited into Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 9 (2002) See more »

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A tackily atmospheric peplum fantastique
30 December 2012 | by melvelvit-1See all my reviews

When Dalmatia's tribute to Rome is hijacked and the legion guarding it massacred, the Senate sends a centurion (Ettore Manni) to find out what happened. Upon arriving in the distant province, he's immediately thrust into a hotbed of political intrigue involving the corrupt praetor, his evil wife (who, of course, has sexual designs on the centurion), and the wicked wizard Aderbal (played by a wild-eyed John Drew Barrymore) who worships a one-eyed goddess and raises the slaughtered Roman legion from the dead (by drinking their blood) to march on his enemies (hence "Rome against Rome")...

Despite its low budget, this peplum fantastique actually rises to "tackily atmospheric" thanks to Mario Bava's obvious influence on the director and it's helped along by John Barrymore Jr. as a whirling dervish who speaks in soliloquies as he shamelessly exploits his illustrious family's acting legacy. He does sport an impressive profile, however. Ida Galli (Evelyn Stewart to giallo fans) plays the obligatory love interest.

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