The Plague of the Zombies (1966)

The Plague of the Zombies


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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. … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Horror, Art House & International, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Peter Bryan
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On DVD: Nov 2, 1999



as Sir James Forbes

as Sylvia Forbes

as Clive Hamilton

as Dr. Peter Thompson

as Alice Thompson

as Sgt. Swift

as PC Christian

as John Martinus

as Landlord
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Critic Reviews for The Plague of the Zombies

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | June 12, 2012
What Culture

A colourful romp with a smattering of subtext.

Full Review… | June 7, 2012
Little White Lies

Lacks action.

Full Review… | October 10, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Unfolds as a series of intriguing contrasts: between life and death, male and female, tradition and modernity, science and voodoo.

Full Review… | October 21, 2007
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Audience Reviews for The Plague of the Zombies

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.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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.

El Hombre Invisible

Super Reviewer


tcm fans! hammer horror featured every friday night in the month of october! set the dvr!

Stella Dallas

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