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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Clever and Inventive Horror Movie
The Living Dead At The Manchester Morgue has undergone many title changes over the years but remains a very inventive, although now somewhat dated, good horror movie.
It was filmed in the Lake District for a change and that adds to the flavour and boasts one of the nastiest, bigoted, loser policemen, that I have seen for many a year.
You wouldn't get away with...
Published on 30 Dec 2004 by Mac Poole

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3.0 out of 5 stars Zombies walk the chilling hills!!!
It would be unfair to say that "The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue" is merely a cash-in on Romero's NOTLD - while the similarities are blatant and indefensibly stolen from Romero's film, this is a good 70's zombie film on its own merits.
The film opens with a brilliant scene of 70's London, which depicts its inhabitants as lifeless zombified beings, driving...
Published on 30 Jun 2004 by reznor84666


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5.0 out of 5 stars A Clever and Inventive Horror Movie, 30 Dec 2004
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Mac Poole "Mac" (Scottish Borders) - See all my reviews
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The Living Dead At The Manchester Morgue has undergone many title changes over the years but remains a very inventive, although now somewhat dated, good horror movie.
It was filmed in the Lake District for a change and that adds to the flavour and boasts one of the nastiest, bigoted, loser policemen, that I have seen for many a year.
You wouldn't get away with stuff like that nowadays!
Still a fine film with some interesting characters and more intelligent than some of the other, more famous Zombie movies and well worth a rent or buy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Expliotation or Prophecy?, 13 Sep 2005
This review is from: The Living Dead At Manchester Morgue [DVD] (DVD)
By rights this film should be a disaster. A Italian/Spanish co-production, filmed in the Peak District but set in the Lake District with a actors from all all over the globe starring in it. Not to mention four scriptwriters. Funnily enough it works against the odds.
True there are parts of the script that do'nt make any sense, some of the dialogue is uninteninally hilarious and the dubbing is criminal, but despite this it is still a great horror film.
Usually foriegn film makers when shooting in the the UK tend to give use very stereotypical characters and give there films a almost 'postcard' look. This film breaks from that tradition with hardly any stereotypes (a couple my creep in now and again) and the look of the film in startling. The shots of a polluted Manchester at the start of the film are quite arresting in a way and even the counrtyside takes on a eerie bleakness that fits the story so well.
Some people state that the Manchester Morgue does'nt actually appear in the film. Actually it does. The Manchester Morgue is the morgue in the hospital that features in the film as the bodies of the deceased are stored there before they are shipped out to Manchester for their autopsies, thus making it the Manchester Morgue.
And the prophecy part of my review tiltle? Well considering this film was made back in 1974 and features a government backed machine for use in crop enhancement it seems ahead of it's time considering the more recent controversy over government backing of GM crops despite strong opposition. Politics and nature never mix.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best horror film EVER!!!, 12 Sep 2003
This review is from: The Living Dead At Manchester Morgue [DVD] (DVD)
This film had many names for different regions of the world (Breakfast At Manchester, Don't Open The Window, Let Sleeping Corpses Lie etc) and is my fave all time horror flick as there is a lot more to it than people realise.
The film is set in the 70's, where our hero George, shuts up his antique shop for the holidays. He sets off for the countryside, but before we get there, we see an industialised London in all it's polluted glory. As he gets into the country air, he stops for some petrol. In a freak accident, his bike is totalled and the culprit agrees to take him where he wants to go. On the way there however, they get lost, and discover that a farm is letting the DOA perform experiments on insects and parasites using radiation. It makes the insects nervous system function in an agressive way, making the creatures attack and kill one another...
I don't want to spoil the film, but at this price it's a bargain (I paid 15 for mine and I still think it's worth it). If cult classics is your thing, go for this one - I promise you won't be dissapointed.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Zombies walk the chilling hills!!!, 30 Jun 2004
This review is from: The Living Dead At Manchester Morgue [DVD] (DVD)
It would be unfair to say that "The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue" is merely a cash-in on Romero's NOTLD - while the similarities are blatant and indefensibly stolen from Romero's film, this is a good 70's zombie film on its own merits.
The film opens with a brilliant scene of 70's London, which depicts its inhabitants as lifeless zombified beings, driving around like mindless slaves in vehicles that spew out pollution. This is juxtaposed with the later imagery of the Lake District (or at least the Peak District masquerading as the Lake District) and the undead zombies who bear similarities to the people of London in their lifeless manner.
Much of the film takes place in the "Lake" District - and the film's worth seeing for that reason alone. It centres primarliy around George and Edna, the two protagonists, who must (shock horror) fight against the living dead, apparently brought back to life by some sort of mechanism that effects the nervous system of insects (seemingly some wacky method of agricultural pest-control).
All the theories aside as to why the dead come back, the zombies are aesthetically brilliant. They are perfectly ugly and bloody, as if they have actually just risen from their graves. There are only eight zombies or so in the film but I think that makes it all the more effective because they have their own personalities (sort of). So you get some classic looking reoccurring zombies here - such as Guthrie the tramp and the absolutely marvelous post-autopsy bandaged zombie, complete with a huge line of post-op stitching from naval to chest! That's a stroke of genius that one.
In the way of gore, there isn't a great deal - only really two scenes in particular display gorefest tendancies but these are great e.g. the disembowelled cop in a chilling church/cemetery scene, and the infamous "breast-rip" scene in the hospital. Besides this, Grau whips up some truly horrible and demeaning images of living human beings which are equally (if not more) disturbing than the zombies - namely Edna's drug-addicted, gaunt sister who is essentially dead but living, due to her uncontrollable heroine addiction. This depiction of death within life, and the zombification of people in their demise, is chilling and highly effective.
A word also has to go the brilliant music which adds a genuine flavour of unease and disquiet to the picture. There are obvious plot inanities in the film, and the voice-overs are infamously bad - unfortunately people's disdain for the OTT comic accents is not unjustified. They're the worst I've heard in any film which is why I really want to see this film with subtitles instead. However, the voices get slightly (but only slightly) bearable after a while but don't let that put you off though. It's what's on the screen that counts.
Zombies in the Lake District (or Peak District) - it just needs to be seen. The sensationalist title doesn't even deliver a Manchester Morgue (you only see a van carrying dead people with the name Manchester Morgue and there ends the connection with it) but if you like zombies or 70's horror you should check it out for some great scenes, great directing, great imagery and great music (but not storyline or accents!).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic zombie stuff !, 3 Aug 2007
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i rented this from a video van in the 80s "dont open the window" "let
sleeping corpses lie"& "breakfast at manchester morgue" are among various
guises & packaging .directed by jorg grau this movie is a gem .
it has beautiful scenery,the actors are quite good especially veteran actor arthur kennedy with his "dodgy "irish accent !
it has a good story with a green message "dont mess with nature"
a new ultrasonic insect destroyer is also bringing the recently deceased
back to life & two travellers get caught up in a web of murders,commited
by these zombies are connected to them with a non-stop police tail .
lots of gore & a brilliant surprise ending ! its now 5.99 on anchor bay!if you like all those cult zombie films of the 80s add this as well,it deserves to be a cult classic !
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cult Classic, Gritty, Atmospheric, 70's Zombie Horror! :), 29 Feb 2004
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Im an Avid Zombie Movie Fan especially that of what the 70's (Early 80's) brought us!
Now if you like your Horrors/Zombie Movies with a great atmosphere & Mood, then they don't come better than this flick.
Evidently nothing can match our beloved ''Dawn Of The Dead'' it's well documented that ''Dawn'' is the greatest Zombie film of all time, to which very few would dissagree.
However ''The Living Dead At Manchester Morgue'' bears similarities to ''Dawn of the Dead'' through its sense of isolation. being that there are very few characters in this film, Who find them selves trying to survive the attack of the Zombies within the Beautiful 'Lake District' country side (Out in the Middle of nowhere as it were).
For me IT IS the over dubbing, the dull colour, Grainy picture & crackly Sound that make a Classic 70's Horror WHAT IT IS. It contrabutes to the mood of an Old film like this. What's more the fact that this film is set in England just makes it a worthy purchase in itself. Honestly, how many Zombie films are set in our Land. So refreshing to see a film like this set in our gorgeous countryside (The Lake District).
In a Nut Shell this is:
''Cult Classic, Gritty, Atmospheric, 70's Zombie Horror!'' (Set in England) 5/5 - BUY IT!!!
I'll finnish on this note....
.....They Don't make'm Like They Use To!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zombies take to our streets, 31 Oct 2002
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Watching this film was a real treat as it was devoid of the usual American teenage students being slaughtered and was even filmed here in the U.K. It's full of 1960's/70's kitsch and the hero's even drive a real British Mini, a link copied in a recent advertisement campaign! The picture quality is excellent so you can see the Zombies in all their lurid excellence and so are the extra's and packaging. If you only ever buy one Zombie movie, make it this one!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Fantastic Representation of 1970's Horror, 23 May 2002
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If you have never seen this film you will have no idea of how cool 70's horror was...Director Jorge Grau came over all the way from Italy to make this amazing film in our beautiful countryside..and what a good choice..The Main star Ray Lovelock, represents "The Best Hero of Horror" he oozes charisma...I have only ever seen a beaten up old copy of this film and so as you can imagine, I cannot wait to get my hands on a DVD version...and if you are reading this then I suggest you do the same...
Enjoy...especially with the lights out..!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine film of its kind., 13 Aug 2009
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The Living Dead At Manchester Morgue a.k.a. Let Sleeping Corpses Lie is an excellent zombie film, it might be slow during the beginning but it does get along in the second half.

Jorge Grau who has an introduction during the start of the dvd, tells us to suffer profoundly while watching the film, he is a Spanish director who used both British and American actors, he also used some other foreign actors and whatever so it has an international cast and was shot in England. You can tell that he used the locations to great effect because the film is very atmospheric especially that creepy scene where the male lead and the female protagonist escape from the zombies in the underground cemetery.

There seems to be an explanation to why the dead have been rising and eating the living and it seems that its coming from some farming equipment that spreads some pesticide, very weird and atmospheric film with nice gory scenes in it ,I highly recommend this to horror or zombie fans.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A PRETTY GOOD ZOMBIE FLICK, AND A GOOD VIDEO-NASTY !! !! !! !!, 30 April 2006
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M. Western "Zombie" (Wakefield, West yorkshire, Enagland, Eurpoe, Earth, Some random 'milky way') - See all my reviews
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The main reason that i baught this film (eccept from my love of zombies) is because of its title, or rather its titles. As it is called 'Dont Open the Window' and 'Let the Dead lie' aswell.

I also baught it because it was previously banned and was put on the video nasty list, although dont let that fool you into the illusuion that this will be a complete gorefest, as it is pretty tame by todays standards. But dont let that put you off a great film either!

All the usual things come as standard, bad acting (although it wasnt terrible), cheap music ('hippy guitar' music), bad picture quality, and in this films case; some pretty funny to look at zombies. Which is always an good thing.

The film is set in the country side of England and is basically about a guy and a woman who are sent their by chance and an series of unfortunate events. They raom into a opart if the county side where a farmer is allowing scientist to test out some new technology; in the form of a radioactive machine that send s insects crazy, making them kill each other. Good for the farmers, bad for the people around them, as what the scientists dont know is that the radio active rays are re-awakening the dead. The couple are caught up in the murders the zombies caise and the evil chief of police is under the illusion that they are behind the killings.

I wont tell you the rest, but whats ahead features a couple of gut-munching scenes and an axe to te head. (they are the highlights really)

Another thing i liked about this is that the DVD is of a decent quality considering its a video-nasty zombie flick that isnt exatly well-know for anything! And there are a couple of extras other than trailers and a photo gallery (which is what the 'vipco' dvd's so kindly offer us over and over again)

Overall, this is a great addition to any zombie enthusiasts collection, and one of the better video-nastys!

Althouth there is the obvious problem that if you dont enjoy cheply made zombie flicks, you probably shouldnt purchase this.

ENJOY!
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