Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Plague of the Zombies (1966)

Director: John Gilling

Starring: Andre Morell, Diane Clare, Brook Williams, Jacqueline Pearce, John Carson, Michael Ripper

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Doomed to walk the Earth as slaves to the Lord of the Living Dead!!

Plot: A strange disease reaching epidemic proportions is invading the English countryside. Amidst walking corpses, voodoo dolls and empty graves, a local doctor (Williams) and his mentor (Morell) embark on an investigation that uncovers a ghastly secret.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again? Sure as shootin'!

#28 on Hammer Horror (1957-1976)

This is a title that I've longed to see but feared it would suck. Boy, was I wrong! It's well-paced with a few dabs of gore and suspense, it looks Gothic fantastic (something Hammer excelled at), James Bernard's score works well (although not nearly as memorable as some of his other Hammer outings) and it builds to a satisfying climax that left me happy. Nice!

If all you know about Hammer is the Dracula pictures with Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, you owe it to yourself to check out their entire catalog. They made some outstanding films and some true (now) hidden gems.

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