Saturday, July 8, 2017

Blood Of The Zombie (1961)

Starring John McKay, Linda Ormond, Monica Davis, Clyde Kelly, Darlene Myrick
Directed by Barry Mahon
(actor & director credits courtesy IMDB.com)

A honeymooning couple visit the plantation he's inherited, where his cousin is plotting to murder the bride by bringing her dead brother back to life through voodoo rites.

Perhaps better known by its alternate title The Dead One, this picture has a decent zombie makeup and an effective stilted performance by Kelly as the creature to its credit, but not much else.  Static camera setups and inconsistently lit night scenes are to the film's detriment, as is Monica Davis' flat vocal delivery and over-the-top screaming as the film's villain, although that does provide some amusement and entertainment value.  A mobile camera or some more exciting editing would really have provided some much needed energy here, and the lack of that makes even the appearance of some talented New Orleans jazz bands who perform at the beginning of the picture hard to sit through.

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