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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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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.
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!
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.Read more ›
Enjoy...especially with the lights out..!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
... best. I have grown up with the guts and gore horror / slasher movies. And, whilst this film has this in spades, I was expecting another gore fest. A good one. Read morePublished 16 months ago by BigAl82
I remember reading about this in, possibly. 'Monster Mag' (that fold-out item that is now apparently quite rare), and being somewhat confused. Spanish, but set in Manchester? Read morePublished 19 months ago by A.J.Bradley
no way as good as the original, that had people screaming in the audience; this can still scare; even for the poor acting; very poor effects, and by savage cutting. Read morePublished on 18 July 2014 by teddy
During the mass of slasher/zombie apocalypse films that emerged during the late 70s and early 80s, any that were actually any good were generally missed. Read morePublished on 23 April 2014 by Manxgirl10
I went to the cinema in 1973 with my Father and we both loved it, years after my Father and me still talked about it, the film is a bit dated now , but i still loved it when i... Read morePublished on 10 Dec. 2013 by kim barnes
I saw a clip of this on youtube and fell in love at first gore. This probably has to be the first film I've encountered in a while that left me slightly terrified as this red eyed... Read morePublished on 30 Oct. 2013 by walcalr01