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The Plague Of The Zombies [VHS] [1966]

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  • Actors: André Morell, Diane Clare, Brook Williams, Jacqueline Pearce, John Carson
  • Directors: John Gilling
  • Writers: Peter Bryan
  • Producers: Anthony Nelson Keys
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Warner
  • VHS Release Date: 1 May 2000
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004SPF0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 285,754 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

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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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By Max VINE VOICE on 27 Aug. 2015
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Set in a Cornish village in 1860, Plague of Zombie's is about the inhabitants of a small town who are dying from a mysterious plague that seems to be spreading at an accelerated rate. local buffoon doctor, Peter Thompson, has failed to do anything about the disease so calls on Sir James Forbes (Morrell) to help. Accompanying Sir James is his daughter Sylvia (the beautiful Diane Claire).

Plague is a outstanding Hammer film. Although a few seem to dislike it (mainly on the grounds Lee and Cushing aren't in it) you'd be downright idiotic to miss this great film. A great story, fantastically paced, well directed (especially the dream scene), great actors, it's one of Hammer's finest no doubt. This Blu Ray is a great remastering, losing none of the quality to DNR, so it retains the grain but also the colour and tonal quality.
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By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 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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Not my favourite Hammer horror as it felt too 'light' - the zombies just looked and acted like - well, actors! But picture quality of this BLU RAY release is good.
UPDATE: This refers to the Studio Canal blu ray version which has been well restored with a lovely picture quality. Although my earlier comments still stand, this is a better effort than some other Hammer films (excluding their Dracula & Frankenstein masterpieces, that is). I hadn't realised POTZ was shot in 1965 until the end as the film has a sort of 1970s feel to it. The scene where a zombie is awaking from his grave and shuffles his head from side to side to remove the dirt from his face is most effective! The camerawork during the awing of the zombies at night is beautifully filmed with various filters giving a fitting and memorable tint to them. In all then, a creditable film that passes the time adeptly. The picture quality of this blu ray is v good too.
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This film made back to back with The Reptile is actually one of Hammers most popular films. A fine cast, decent sets, a good script and a really good dream sequence when the zombies emerge from their graves make it a really good watch indeed. Also includes the lovely Jacqueline Pearce who is fondly remembered for her role in Blakes Seven a few years back. Overall, a fine effort worth adding to any DVD collection. Good picture and sound too.
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The image of the zombie holding Jacqueline Pearce has been with me since I acquired my first horror magazine, 'Monster Mania', when I was still at junior school. It must have been some years before I saw the movie itself, because we all had to wait in those days for Hammer, AIP etc. to show up on (most likely) BBC2 on a Friday night.
This is classic, mid-period Hammer (they were going off the boil by now), featuring the superb (and highly underrated) John Carson as the voodoo-meddling villain and Andre Morrell as the Van Helsing-type character, Sir James. Brook Williams is perfect as the ineffectual doctor, and the only weak link is Diane Clare, who really couldn't act and, I'm afraid, wasn't sexy enough for Hammer. (I'm afraid they hadn't yet discovered the likes of Linda Hayden). No George Woodbridge, but Michael Ripper is on hand as the village police sergeant.
You have to hand it to Hammer, they could dish it out from time to time, even when Terence Fisher wasn't helming the film. The early ones have a real period charm now and 'Plague Of The Zombies' just about manages to fall into this category.
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