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Plague Of The Zombies (1966)

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.

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

 

Last updated: February 25, 2010

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