The Plague of the Zombies

1966

John Gilling
Director
Hammer Films
Studio

Strange goings-on in a Cornish village of 1860, where people are dying of an unknown disease, and the dead rest not quietly in their graves. Is the mysteriously wealthy squire and his gang of 19th century teddy boys responsible? Of course!

Excellent horror film that manages to touch on themes of colonialism and exploitation, while still maintaining a healthy sense of dread. Morell's waspish doctor, Carson's sinister squire and Ripper's helpful police sergeant are highlights, as is James Bernard's menacing, drum-heavy score, one of his best. The nightmare sequence of Brook Williams being beset by zombies in the churchyard is one of the high points of 1960s horror. The zombies themselves form an interesting link between the 'classic' zombies of voodoo folklore and the shambling, brain-eating menaces we know today. Certainly the iconic Italian zombie films of the Seventies seem to have taken their cue from this film rather than Romero.

Note: Diane Clare is dubbed, but the actress remains unidentified. The credits say 'Tompson,' but Alice's coffin-plate reads 'Thompson.' Finally, the coach driver who brings the Forbes to the village is played by no less than three actors: Jolyon Booth, who has words with the Bloods; George Mossman (the coach's actual owner), who drives them into the village proper; and a third, older actor, who actually unloads the bags on the Tompson's doorstep. Talk about division of labour!

Thanks to Gerald Lovell for helping greatly improve this entry!

-Dave W.


The Plague Of The Zombies
9th January 1966
Cinema



91 mins
1.66:1

The Plague Of The Zombies
12th January 1966
Cinema



90 mins
1.66:1

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26th October 1999
DVD



90 mins
1.85:1

The Plague Of The Zombies
11th October 2004
DVD



86 mins
1.78:1



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André Morell
Sir James Forbes
Diane Clare
Sylvia Forbes
John Carson
Clive Hamilton
Alexander Davion
Denver
(as Alex Davion)
Jacqueline Pearce
Alice Tompson
Brook Williams
Dr. Peter Tompson
Michael Ripper
Sergeant Jack Swift
Marcus Hammond
Tom Martinus
Dennis Chinnery
Constable Christian
Louis Mahoney
Hamilton's Servant
Roy Royston
Vicar
Ben Aris
John Martinus
Tim Condren
Young Blood
(as Tim Condron)
Norman Mann
Young Blood
Bernard Barnsley
Young Blood
(as Bernard Egan)
Francis Willey
Young Blood
Jolyon Booth
Coach Driver
(uncredited)
George Mossman
Coach Driver
(uncredited)
Unknown
Coach Driver
(uncredited)
Del Watson
Pallbearer (uncredited)
Unknown
Pallbearer (uncredited)
George Holdcroft
Undertaker (uncredited)
Fred Wood
Villager (uncredited)
Jerry Verno
Publican (uncredited)
Jim Brady
Pub Patron (uncredited)
Eric Kent
Pub Patron (uncredited)
Unknown
Pub Patron (uncredited)
Unknown
Pub Patron (uncredited)
Unknown
Pub Patron (uncredited)
Unknown
Pub Patron (uncredited)
Dickey Luck
Pub Patron (uncredited)
Ron Gregory
Gravedigger (uncredited)
Unknown
Man at Funeral (uncredited)
John Adams
Man at Funeral (uncredited)
Unknown
Man at Funeral (uncredited)
Roy Lansford
Man at Funeral (uncredited)
Peter Diamond
Graveyard Zombie (uncredited)
Peter Perkins
Graveyard Zombie (uncredited)
Reg Harding
Graveyard Zombie (uncredited)
Unknown
Graveyard Zombie (uncredited)
Unknown
Voodoo Drummer (uncredited)
Unknown
Voodoo Drummer (uncredited)
Unknown
Voodoo Drummer (uncredited)
Keith Peacock
Zombie / Fire Stunts
(uncredited)
Bernard Barnsley
Stunts (uncredited)
Valentino Musetti
Stunts (uncredited)

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