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The Plague of The Zombies [DVD] [1966]

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  • Actors: André Morell, Diane Clare, Jacqueline Pearce, John Carson, Brook Williams
  • Directors: John Gilling
  • Producers: Anthony Nelson-Keys
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Widescreen, Anamorphic
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Optimum Home Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Jan. 2007
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KRMZPQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,447 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A Cornish squire invokes ancient voodoo rituals to raise zombies from the dead, intending to use them to work his tin mines. However, when the cult which builds up around the zombies is threatened with exposure, it responds by attempting to sacrifice the suspicious parties...

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A Victorian Cornish tin-mining village suffers a series of mysterious deaths and the local doctor's old professor, Sir James Forbes (Andre Morell), comes to investigate. Graves are empty, a man who has just been buried is seen on the moors and the Squire is up to his neck in camp voodoo rituals. Though containing one genuinely disturbing graveyard sequence involving the undead, The Plague of the Zombies is more a feverish black-magic thriller, the real threat coming from the malevolent Squire Clive Hamilton (John Carson) and his upper-class cronies. Indeed, the portrayal of fox-hunters as shockingly brutal thugs is remarkable for 1966, and while the genre horror is dated, the real horror is in the extreme class warfare which drives the plot. Less famous than Hammer's Dracula and Frankenstein films, this is nevertheless a gripping, stylish picture from The Studio that Dripped Blood. Depending not on gore but on story, acting and atmosphere, it continues the tradition of Val Lewton's I Walked With a Zombie (1943) and, pre-dating The Night of the Living Dead (1968), is the last old-style zombie classics. Blake's Seven fans will be delighted by an early lead role for Jacqueline Pearce (Servalan), who the same year starred in Hammer's The Reptile. --Gary S. Dalkin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 1 Mar. 2014
Format: DVD
“This isn’t London, sir. This is a Cornish village inhabited by simple country people, riddled with superstition and all dominated by a squire. He acts as coroner and magistrate, judge and jury.”

Although not among their best known, The Plague of the Zombies is one of Hammer’s very best, and a very different take on the genre than that George A. Romero would usher in only two years later. For a start it’s a period piece and its zombies are more victims than flesh-eating fiends, the result of a curious plague that begins with lethargy and ends with living death that’s baffled local doctor Brook Williams and is threatening to take the life of both his wife and his mentor’s daughter.

You don’t have to look far for who’s responsible: back from foreign parts with a lot of money and the kind of friends Sir Hugo Baskerville would have hung out with before running into that large canine on the moors, John Carson’s dissolute squire has taken a leaf from Murder Legendre’s book of labour relations to deal with the local manpower shortage and is killing off and raising the locals from the dead to work in his dangerous abandoned tin mine. And what a quite splendid villain the silken-voiced Carson is. Coming across as James Mason’s (more) evil brother, he avoids pure melodrama in a part that would have seen many chewing the scenery by exuding aristocratic indifference from every pore whenever confronted by his many social inferiors who are barely worth his contempt, is proud of his non-conformity (“In order to be popular, one must conform. I find that too big a price to pay. I have my own standards. I conform to them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RickAnne on 17 Jun. 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Plague Of The Zombies is one of my favourite Hammer Horrors. I was introduced to it in my early years when the B.B.C put a double feature of horror movies on under the banner, 'Dracula, Frankenstein & Friends'. As well as being introduced to the Universal classics (Karloff, Lugosi, Chaney etc) we were treated to these wonderful colour gems from the Hammer stable. This BluRay looks fantastic, & the powers at be (in this case, StudioCanal) have done a fantastic job, with some nice little extras to boot. A must have for all Hammer fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 9 July 2012
Format: Blu-ray
"This isn't London, sir. This is a Cornish village inhabited by simple country people, riddled with superstition and all dominated by a squire. He acts as coroner and magistrate, judge and jury."

Although not among their best known, The Plague of the Zombies is one of Hammer's very best, and a very different take on the genre than that George A. Romero would usher in only two years later. For a start it's a period piece and its zombies are more victims than flesh-eating fiends, the result of a curious plague that begins with lethargy and ends with living death that's baffled local doctor Brook Williams and is threatening to take the life of both his wife and his mentor's daughter.

You don't have to look far for who's responsible: back from foreign parts with a lot of money and the kind of friends Sir Hugo Baskerville would have hung out with before running into that large canine on the moors, John Carson's dissolute squire has taken a leaf from Murder Legendre's book of labour relations to deal with the local manpower shortage and is killing off and raising the locals from the dead to work in his dangerous abandoned tin mine. And what a quite splendid villain the silken-voiced Carson is. Coming across as James Mason's (more) evil brother, he avoids pure melodrama in a part that would have seen many chewing the scenery by exuding aristocratic indifference from every pore whenever confronted by his many social inferiors who are barely worth his contempt, is proud of his non-conformity ("In order to be popular, one must conform. I find that too big a price to pay. I have my own standards. I conform to them.
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Incredible to think that when "Dracula Prince of Darkness" was billed with "Plague of the Zombies", "Plague..." would end up being the much better movie, despite the fact that the top bill had Lee, Fisher, Shelley and Dracula Prince of Darkness himself to attract the crowds.
But in reality, "Plague..." ends up being the most inventive and fun of the two. This is due to several factors: the screenplay first: zombie meets voodoo meets Victoriana meets whodunnit: makes little sense but all this combined is very entertaining.
Then there are the set designs. Because "Plague" takes place in Cornwall, there is more of an innovative location than seeing Dracula's castle revamped for the upteenth time. Also I must say that the BluRay transfer is neater and more convincing for "Plague" than for "Prince of Darkness".
And then, it saddens me to say that at this stage of his career Terry Fisher is the shadow of his former self while Plague's director John Gilling gives his best Hammer effort here after poor showings in "Shadow of the cat" and "Pirates of Blood River" but a really good sense of drama in "Brigand of Kandahar". The film has good pace, memorable scenes (the nightmare scene, the decapitation of Jacqueline Pearce, the whole finale) and it looks really really well 50 years after having been made.

Lastly the cast: André Morell and John Carson are both phenomenal and carry the film on their shoulders. Michael Ripper remains a great character actor but neither Diane Clare or Brooke Williams are memorable, but it does not really matter. This is a really solid entry from Hammer, embarrassing its more prestigious "Dracula" entry.

The documentary on the film is very entertaining with Jacqueline Pearce bitching about Clare and Williams.
A must-have BluRay.
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