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Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Plague Of The Zombies (1966)

Starring Andre Morell, Diane Clare, Brook Williams, Jacqueline Pearce, John Carson
Directed by John Gilling
(actor & director credits courtesy

A professor of medicine looks into unexplained deaths in the village of Cornwall, and finds the bodies are mysteriously missing from their graves.

This is another fine effort from Britain's Hammer Films, quite distinctive among their horror output due to the zombie premise, and the atypical casting of the distinguished Andre Morell as the hero of this piece.  The film doesn't tie together neatly with many unanswered questions not addressed in the screenplay, but the direction by John Gilling is excellent, and Roy Ashton's zombie makeups are very effective.

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