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The Living Dead At The Manchester Morgue [DVD]
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George and Edna are out driving in the English countryside, on their way to visit Edna's sister, when they run into some awful trouble with a murderous zombie. It seems that experiments with a new pesticide on local farmland have had the unfortunate effect of awakening the dead and turning them into ravenous, blood-hungry cannibals. George and Edna try to raise the alarm about the impending danger, but will the authorities believe such an unusual story?
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It is genuinely creepy, quite tense and naturally - nice and gory
Definitely worth a watch if you can pick it up (also known as Don't Open The Window, Let Sleeping Corpses Lie, The Living Dead)
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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.
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.
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!).
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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