Plague Of The Zombies
Plague Of The Zombies is good. Very good. So good, in fact, that it's
probably the film that's responsible for the slew of Zombie "video
nasties" of the 70s and 80s. It certainly laid the foundations for
Romero's Zombie Trilogy, anyway.
With truly scary monsters, an evil baddy and a top decapitation scene,
Plague Of The Zombies works on so many levels. And it shifts along
at a fair rate of knots as well, something that most Hammers don't do,
to be fair.
Plus, that first sighting of a zombie is a doozy. Not bad, considering
it was made in a time of cash cuts for Hammer, and, if you look very closely,
has more than a passing resemblance to the same company's The Reptile.
Why? Because it uses the same sets and a similar cast, that's why. However,
I've not seen it for a while, so I'll reserve judgement until I've watched
it properly again.
Plague of the Zombies (1966)
Director: John Gilling Writer(s): Peter Bryan
Cast: André Morell - Sir James Forbes, Diane Clare - Sylvia Forbes, Brook
Williams - Dr. Peter Tompson, Jacqueline Pearce - Alice Tompson, John Carson
- Squire Clive Hamilton, Alexander Davion - Denver (as Alex Davion), Michael
Ripper - Sergeant Swift, Marcus Hammond - Tom Martinus, Dennis Chinnery - Constable
Christian, Louis Mahoney - Coloured Servant, Roy Royston - Vicar, Ben Aris -
John Martinus, Tim Condren - A young blood (as Tim Condron), Bernard Egan -
A young blood, Norman Mann - A young blood, Francis Willey - A young blood,
Jolyan Booth - Coach Driver, Jerry Verno - Landlord