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4.0 out of 5 stars A different setting for a zombie film, but it works
This film is fine and has a strong and commanding lead role by Andre Morell. It's a good story, is well put together, and interestingly is set in 1860 in darkest Cornwall (and not as you would perhaps expect in the Caribbean, or Haiti in particular).

Sir James Forbes, an eminent professor of medicine at London University, receives a troublesome letter from one...
Published on 5 Jan 2008 by LXIX

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3.0 out of 5 stars One of Hammer's best...
...but doesn't bear much re-watching. It's good to see zombies portrayed as something other than athletic cannibals and there are some genuinely creepy moments. However campness overwhelms it. It doesn't have the durability of Quatermass and some other Hammer offerings, but I'm happy to have watched it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The plague of the Zombies, 22 Oct 2012
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My excitement upon receiving this newly remastered film was soon turned to disappointment when i viewed the DVD copy. All other manifestations I've owned shared good muted eastmancolor characteristics, good tonal range, subtle colour etc. Whilst the restorers I'm sure have worked hard to restore this film from the original negative ( and watching the documentary about its restoration I can see they've been doing some long hours) the result is a film which seems to add horrid vivid blue to day for night scenes, so that Sir James Forbes' jacket has turned navy blue as indeed had jacqueline pierces' hair (!), and contrast to the point where shadow detail has been lost. The scene where Pierce turns into a zombie in her grave, a very dramatic Les bowie effort, is ruined by poor colour. And the contrast is some scenes, of which the restorers boast, is far too much for my taste.
Where this edition really scores is in the accompanying extras, particularly the documentary about the film's production. Great to see jacqueline Pierce and john carson talking so enthusiastically about a film I admire so much.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My first Hammer Horror - SUPERB!, 21 April 2012
This review is from: The Plague of The Zombies [DVD] [1966] (DVD)
Andre Morell was superb in his leading role, and I throughly enjoyed this Hammer Horror! Much more than I expected! I think the quirky, eccentric nature of Morell in this role with a solid storyline, and a great supporting cast really makes this a brilliant horror. Ok so perhaps not as terrifying as some of the newer additions to the genre but still, a great film.

Overall - great dialogue, and solid acting which has stood through the decades, I would highly recommend to al fans of the genre!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hammer Horror Classic!, 14 April 2010
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Diane Clare stars in this 60s Hammer Horror classic about corpses that rise up from their graves and walk among the living!

Plenty of male eye candy for the ladies in this; Andre Morell (look at those 'handsome' eyes!) John Carson and Michael Ripper.

One of the best scenes in this has to be the transformation of 'Alice' whilst in the open coffin - when Andre Morell yells: 'Zombie'!

Diane Clare was an accomplished actress who left a lasting impression on the 1960s. Her career included appearing in some major British Classics. She was particularly adept at making something major out of minor roles in some pretty significant Pictures. These included: (but were not limited to) 'The Haunting' (1963 original) 'Whistle Down The Wind', 'The L-Shaped Room' and 'Go To Blazes'.

Her film career came to an abrupt end in 1968.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Village Of The Undead., 2 May 2011
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Plague of The Zombies [DVD] [1966] (DVD)
Sir James Forbes (André Morell) and his daughter, Sylvia (Diane Clare), are out of the blue requested to travel to a Cornish village by Sir James' former pupil, Dr. Peter Thompson (Brook Williams). The village has become a haven for mysterious deaths and Peter's believes that Sir James can shed some light on the matter. No sooner do they arrive when another victim surfaces and it's quickly becomes evident that something far more sinister than medical problems is at work here.

Hammer Horror tackles the zombie sub-genre with no little amount of success. Directed by John Gilling, The Plague Of The Zombies was filmed back to back with the equally entertaining The Reptile. Filmed out of fortress Hammer that was Bray Studios, the same sets that were used for The Reptile were also used here. With Bernard Robinson's Cornish Village again a treat for sore eyes. 1966 was the last year that Hammer used Bray Studios and it's fitting that it was a year that saw efficient and varying creepers filling out the Hammer Horror cannon. Peter Bryan's story, aided by some interesting imagery, delves into the dark world of witchcraft and voodoo, thus giving this particular "zombie" piece an extra dimension. This is not merely about zombies roaming the countryside and killing indiscriminately. Evil they are of course, but they have a purpose and being that comes to light as the story unfolds. There's also nods to tyranny and exploitation, wryly observed by the makers here, cheekily cloaked in a cloud of rotting flesh.

Technically it holds up rather well too. The effects are strong enough to carry the story, with the zombies eerie personified as they shuffle around all green flesh and grumbling away as we know they should. All captured in deluxe colour that comes out nice in High Definition. The cast are fine, with Morell standing out as he gives his usual classy and professional performance, while James Bernard's score is suitably at one with each and every change of pace. This is not just a fine and under appreciated part of the Hammer Horror output, it's also a worthy and most notable entry in the "zombie" genre. See it if you can. 7/10
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underated Hammer Gem, 28 Aug 2009
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Peter Mccrohon (Portsmouth, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Plague of The Zombies [DVD] [1966] (DVD)
Made back to back with The Reptile and with the same director (John Gilling) and some cast members, this is an evocative and atmospheric hidden gem of a film. The cast, led by Andre Morrell and John Carson, with strong supporting performances from Michael Ripper and Jacqueline Pearce, is first rate (you don't even miss Cushing and Lee). The dream sequence of Zombies rising from a graveyard has been hugely influential and still works on the senses.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This version will have the UK pre-credits scene, 24 Jan 2012
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Zuran "zuran" (england) - See all my reviews
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Ignore all the other reviews as they are for the older DVD releases.

The good news about this Blu ray/DVD combi version is that it will be the UK version of the film not the US version which is on all the previous releases. That means that the opening credits will (should) appear in their proper place at the end of the voodoo scene and not in the middle of it. The sound on the previous releases was also less than perfect (when the zombie graps Peter round the throat in the dream sequence there should be more of a hiss from the creature and a better aural impact) and hopefully this will be corrected too.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Missing Zombie Link..., 28 Jun 2012
In the 30s and 40s, the Zombie was a product of the poverty row studios, churning out mildly racist voodoo cheapies so Bela Lugosi would have something to do. In the late 60s, Romero gave the Zombie a new, brutally modern spin and set the walking corpse on a collision course with pop culture that sees brain eaters dominate the horror landscape but when Plague of the Zombies came out a few years before Night of the Living Dead, the creature wasn't the automatic money spinner it is today.

Hammer created a sort of missing link between the dated 30s movies and where Zombies were heading. Look out for the first screen outing for the hands clawing out of the grave shot. Plague of the Zombies has all the comforting, nostalgic Hammer stylings fans cherish and a subject that isn't the usual vampires and Frankenstein shtick either. A really interesting entry in the studio's catalogue.

Plague Of The Zombies (DVD + Blu-ray Double Play) [1966]
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hammer Horror Classic!, 14 April 2010
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This review is from: The Plague of The Zombies [DVD] [1966] (DVD)
Diane Clare stars in this 60s Hammer Horror classic about corpses that rise up from their graves and walk among the living!

Plenty of male eye candy for the ladies in this; Andre Morell (look at those 'handsome' eyes!) John Carson and Michael Ripper.

One of the best scenes in this has to be the transformation of 'Alice' whilst in the open coffin - when Andre Morell yells: 'Zombie'!

Diane Clare was an accomplished actress who left a lasting impression on the 1960s. Her career included appearing in some major British Classics. She was particularly adept at making something major out of minor roles in some pretty significant Pictures. These included: (but were not limited to) 'The Haunting' (1963 original) 'Whistle Down The Wind', 'The L-Shaped Room' and 'Go To Blazes'.

Her film career came to an abrupt end in 1968.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Plague of The Zombies, 30 April 2011
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This review is from: The Plague of The Zombies [DVD] [1966] (DVD)
It seems that nowadays they do not produce movies like this anymore
anyway a great gothic hammer film which i have been enjoying since young
Hat's off to you hammer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars zombies - hammer horror style., 9 Aug 2006
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Mr. A. E. Ward Davies (Canterbury , England) - See all my reviews
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at a time when "hammer" were about to leave bray studios, they finished their time there with one of their best horror films.

shot back-to-back with "the reptile," i regard "the plague of the zombies" as the far more entertaining of the two. this has a very good plot, plenty of atmosphere, subtle humour and some fine acting. qualities that would be lost for the most part in the coming years, sadly.

a shame that there are certain shots still censored after all this time.

i think top performances go to andre morell, john carson and michael ripper, though limited in screentime.

a slight criticism, comes from the zombies being rather under used. it would have been great to have a scene where they roam the village in the middle of the night.

a very good film nevertheless.
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