3/17/11

The Plague of the Zombies (1966)

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The Plague of the Zombies
Happy St. Patrick's Day everybody!  At least the poster for today's movie is green....  Today we continue Hammer Horror Week with a bit of a change from the usual vampire fare with The Plague of the Zombies.  But these are not the zombies that we think of when we think of zombies - for those are actually ghouls.  The shambling, rotting, flesh eating monsters that we are used to seeing on the silver screen are not zombies at all.  This idea became popular with Romero's Night of the Living Dead in 1968.

Traditionally, zombies were men and woman who had no will of their own but were undead servants of a sorcerer who had enslaved them with Voodoo magic.  The zombies in this 1966 film are of this traditional type.

A plague has taken the lives of twelve people in twelve months in a quaint village in the Cornish countryside.  Dr. James Forbes arrives with his outspoken daughter Sylvia in a town plagued by more than disease after being summoned by former student and local physician Dr. Peter Thompson.

Dr. Thompson's efforts to discover the the cause of these mysterious deaths has been hampered by the superstitious beliefs of the villagers and the meddling of the town's wealthy and controlling Squire, Clive Hamilton. Because autopsies have been forbidden by the locals, the two doctors decide to examine the most recently deceased in the graveyard under the full moon.  When they open the casket they discover that the body is gone. Soon after, Dr Thompson's wife turns up dead at an abandoned tin mine.

Ether is the perfect drug for Las Vegas.
Dr. Forbes begins to suspect Voodoo is behind all of this.  All the evidence points to the suave but sinister Squire as the cause of this plague and the fact that he spent a significant amount of time in Haiti does nothing to help his case.  It's up to the two doctors to take on the Squire and his undead henchmen and stop him before he turns Sylvia into one of his monsters.

The Plague of the Zombies is Hammer B-movie gold.  If you watch it as a low budget and quickly shot B-movie punctuated with comical acting and effects, I think you will be pleasantly surprised.  Remember, it's a mystery movie as much as it is a horror so don't expect it to be like a modern zombie film.  These old Hammer films were created to be spooky more than outright scary and I think this movie succeeds in that.  Watching it with a pint or two of Guinness couldn't hurt either.


30 comments:

Rob said...

Zombie movies get my heart racing, like my whole body would be if zombies were real!

The Angry Lurker said...

Saw this a long time ago, liked it a lot but dated now.

Sam said...

Thats amazing!, i wanna watch it!

elexerdelex said...

Wow I did not know the difference between zombies and ghouls... thanks for educating me!

duffboi said...

I wanna see this. I'd love to see these traditional zombies.

Araita said...

Traditional zombies, yay!

TheHarvester said...

wow your header looks absolutely horryfing! def. $supporting you for more awesome stuff to come

D4 said...

All this time, ghouls. I can't get over it.. The movie looks.. different. I love the poster.

Come At Me Bro said...

Sweet vid!

Shutterbug said...

Happy St. Patty's Day! :)

Moob said...

hahahahaha. sweet

amBored said...

I found it kinda creepy :D

Rabidmoose said...

I love zombie movies of all kinds, I'll check this out!

Biff Tanner said...

This looks very cool.

ed said...

movie needs better weapons, still cool though

Tasos said...

the trailer looks amazing. I'm not kidding. I liked it a lot. Thanks for the review banacek

Brut said...

It's got zombies, I love it!

tearinox said...

had no idea there were so many old school scary movies like this

Jay.CA said...

i can't keep up with all your reviews!

great post title, btw. :)

G said...

great review - Happy St Paddy's day!

Arcita said...

if i could pick how i die, it would be while battling zombies with badass weapons in a zombie apocalypse.

anyway, followed. get back at me

ankmanpro said...

This movie looks great!

Carlos Ignacio said...

I was hoping for an evil leprechaun or something for St. Patrick's day.

thenitefalls said...

Will watch this with Guinness beer sometime :D

Aaron M. Gipson said...

Frikkin awesome, I had no idea this film even existed! I like these older zombie flicks alot better too.

"Ether is the perfect drug for Las Vegas."
Comedy gold (hat tip to Dr. Gonzo)

Chris said...

I like zombies-related stuff, so will check this out

Robert Fünf said...

Especially for movies, I prefer the modern, fast zombies. But I'll take any Z-Day related product.

skinned sheep said...

i love zombie movies.

+follow for sure :]

TreeBranchez said...

The Zombie theme is a bit tired out really...

Glovey said...

I love films like these thanks for sharing!

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