31 July 2014

Plague of the Zombies (1966)
90 min.
Directed by John Gilling.
With Andre Morell, Diane Clare, John Carson, Alex Davion, Jacqueline Pearce, Brook Williams, Michael Ripper, Marcus Hammond, Dennis Chinnery.
A worthy Hammer zombie flick.

Peter Thompson (Brook Williams) is a doctor in the English countryside trying to deal with a plague affecting the townspeople.

He calls on his university professor mentor Sir James Forbes (Morell) for help and advice.

Why are supposedly dead people being seen near a local mine? Why do the recently deceased somehow show up alive again?

It's not long before the two men soon discover a disturbing plot by the town's squire Hamilton (Carson) to use Haitian voodoo to bring the dead back to life...so that he can use the stiffs as personal work slaves!

Plague of the Zombies is an unusual entry from Hammer Films, really one of its only zombie outings. And it succeeds.

Director Gilling does a great job with the Victorian period setting, and there's some ghoulish zombie makeup courtesy of Roy Ashton here.

Gilling shot this one back to back with his The Reptile (1966), another Hammer horror released the same year.

Fun late night viewing.

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