Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Plague of the Zombies (1966)

A pair of doctors discover a strange disease and missing bodies in a small Cornish village. As they soon find out, the town is plagued by a legion of the undead that is being controlled by a mysterious figurehead. While it may not run at a quick pace, THE PLAGUE OF THE ZOMBIES builds sufficient suspense through Gilling's beautiful cinematic stylings and eerie make-up designs. It has as much in common with the classic "Whodunnit" as it does the zombie film, recalling WHITE ZOMBIE much more so than NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. The cramped shooting locations are expanded upon by the high production values and Gothic set dressings, turning the quaint village streets into a foreboding maze of fog and fear. At its heart, the zombie threat serves as a metaphor and ample punishment for British colonialism around the globe. Gilling would release both this and the similarly themed THE REPTILE within the same year, using many of the same actors and settings in both films. With strong performances all around (particularly in Andre Morell's commanding lead), PLAGUE proves to be an original and enjoyable zombie effort that served as Hammer's only foray into the undead and as a predecessor to George Romero's breakthrough film.

Rating: 8/10.
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  1. Another film that I have no idea how I've never heard of before. This one sounds excellent.

  2. I've wanted to see this one for a long time. Thanks for the review, good sir!

  3. Guys, this one is long out of print but can be found used on Amazon for under $6.00 right now, I had been tracking it for months before this and it typically sold for over $12 so snatch it up before they run the prices back up!

  4. This is a nice little little-known gem. Very good review, Carl.

  5. I was very happy with it, its always refreshing to find subtle zombie films that dont rely on gratuitous gore (not that I mind those either lol)

  6. Really nice little movie whose performances carry it all the way. The nightmare graveyard sequence is top notch. It's one of those middle ground Brit horrors for me, though. I think I sent this title back in upwards of six or seven times when it came out. Anchor Bay had a bad habit of sending out discs that wouldn't play back then.


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