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The Plague of the Zombies

The Plague of the Zombies (1966)

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Release Date: Jan 1, 1966 Wide

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A wonderfully atmospheric outing from Hammer Films, who diverged from their often successful variations on Universal's classic monsters into the world of zombies, a genre which had yet to receive its infusion of terrifying new blood with the 1968 classic Night of the Living Dead. The plot, which owes a debt to the Bela Lugosi chiller White Zombie, involves a mad Cornish squire, who solves an annoying labor crisis in his tin mines by turning local villagers into voodoo-controlled zombies. Dr.

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Horror, Art House & International, Classics

Peter Bryan

Nov 2, 1999

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As a precursor to better zombie films, it remains an important, passably entertaining genre milestone.

June 12, 2012 Full Review Source: What Culture
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A colourful romp with a smattering of subtext.

June 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
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Lacks action.

October 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Unfolds as a series of intriguing contrasts: between life and death, male and female, tradition and modernity, science and voodoo.

October 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
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Plague of the Zombies offers up the voodoo brand as opposed the rotten diseased brand of zombies. Not my preference, but combine some creepy zombies with that trademarked Hammer gothic atmosphere and you're in for a good time. The zombies are sporadic but they're pretty nasty when they actually do show. Plague of the Zombies has some legitimately disturbingly-done moments (the would-be rape scene, Thompson's nightmare) that pay off for the slow buildup. But as with a good many Hammer movies, the last 15 minutes make up for it. And for as much of a tightass as Andre Morell came across as in the first 15 minutes, he kicked some serious ass in the end.
May 18, 2011
mjgildea

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Up until the late 60's, zombies were almost exclusively depicted as the brainwashed, lumbering slaves of evil voodoo masters, I believe. They are as such here but also shown as foul, cadaverous creatures risen from freshly dug graves. Old school spooky atmosphere with voodoo drums thrown in only the way Hammer Studios could do. It's awfully British, but fun nonetheless.

October 9, 2010
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tcm fans! hammer horror featured every friday night in the month of october! set the dvr!
October 8, 2010
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Stella Dallas

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Prototypical Hammer fare. Equal parts goth, gore, camp and shtick. A milestone in the evolution of the 'zombie flick', fans of Hammer Studios will love it, most others won't.
July 30, 2010
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