- The Plague of the Zombies
Infobox Film | name = The Plague of the Zombies
caption = 1966 theatrical poster
Anthony Nelson Keys
André Morell Diane Clare Brook Williams Jacqueline Pearce
editing = Chris Barnes
Warner-Pathé( UK) 20th Century Fox( USA)
January 9, 1966( UK) January 12, 1966( USA)
runtime = 90 min.
language = English
amg_id = 1:106189
imdb_id = 0060841
"The Plague of the Zombies" is a 1966 Hammer Horror film directed by
John Gilling. It stars André Morell, John Carson, Jacqueline Pearce, Brook Williamsand Michael Ripper. The film is notable for its seminal imagery, which influenced many films in the zombiegenre, and its themes of colonialism, exploitationand tyranny.
Production on the film began on
28 July, 1965at Bray Studios. It was shot back-to-back with " The Reptile" using the same sets, a Cornish village created on the backlot by Bernard Robinson.
Sir James Forbes (Morell) and his daughter, Sylvia (Clare), travel to a Cornish village at the request of his former pupil, Dr. Peter Thompson (Williams). He needs help solving a spate of mysterious deaths, and Peter's wife, Alice (Pearce) is soon the next victim. The trail leads to Squire Hamilton (Carson), who has returned from a trip to
Haitiarmed with voodoo secrets, which he is using to resurrect his victims as zombiesto work in his tin mine.
*The script was novelized by
John Burkeas part of his " The Second Hammer Horror Film Omnibus" paperback in 1967.
Phil Anselmoof the heavy metal band Panterahas a tattoo on his arm of the Zombie that throws Jaqueline Pearce's character down the hill
Scientisthas a song called "Plague of Zombies" on his 1981 album " Scientist Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires", which is a possible reference to this film.
*cite book|author=Rigby, Jonathan,|title=English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema|publisher=Reynolds & Hearn Ltd|year=2000|id=ISBN 1-903111-01-3
*imdb title|title=The Plague of the Zombies|id=0060841
* [http://www.davidlrattigan.com/hhplague.htm Dictionary of Hammer Horror commentary]
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