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One of the best zombie shockers of the 1970s, this Spanish-Italian coproduction (also known as The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue and Don't Open the Window, among other titles) is a real international affair. Inspired by George Romero's genre-shattering American hit Night of the Living Dead, it was shot in England by a Spanish director with a largely British cast, and supplemented by Spanish zombies and American character actor Arthur Kennedy as a bitter Irish police detective (with only a hint of a brogue). He's investigating a sudden rash of violent murders (the work of Satanists, he's convinced) and closes in on a pair of newcomers to the sleepy Northern England town, longhaired antique dealer Ray Lovelock and his nervous traveling companion Christine Galbó. Only they know the real culprits: newly deceased corpses, revived by agricultural experiments in ultrasonic radiation that are also turning newborns into vicious little monsters. Director Jorge Grau delivers all the stumbling zombies and gory flesh feasts you could hope for in a 1974 movie, but more importantly he creates the rare zombie thriller that manages to be both scary and smartly done. Some of the twists are a bit more far-fetched than others (why does dabbing blood on the eyes of long-dead cadavers magically bring them to life, and how would a zombie even know to try?), but it's a minor quibble in the face of the startling blood frenzy and Grau's satisfying dark dramatic twists.
The DVD also features an introduction and a 20-minute interview with Grau ("I hope you will suffer profoundly," he jokes in the opening), as well as a gallery of posters and stills, TV ads, and radio spots. --Sean Axmaker
"An Impressively Intelligent, Inventive And Genuinely Scary Film!" -- DVD Times
"One Of The Best Zombie Films Ever Made!" -- DVD Drive-In
"Required viewing by anyone with an interest in damn good zombie flicks... The new transfer is superior to the old in every possible way!" --Fangoria --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.
The hype and 4-5 star ratings are extremely misleading. This is not a Zombie movie at all
just a handful of murdering canibals and boring crime mystery. Read more
I am a huge fan of all films foreign and domestic. I did not really start to appreciate this film until about ten years after first viewing. Read morePublished 5 months ago by specialkrp
A very grumpy man (Ray Lovelock) is forced into a set of disastrous events when a woman (Cristina Galbo) backs over his motorcycle, leaving him stranded until he can get it... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Einsatz
awesome horror zombie atmosphere!!!!
good 1980 sleeper and i recommend this movies any maniac of horror zombie five star *****
Product arrived on time and in excellent condition but have not had a chance to view it yet. It looks like an excellent movie as I have heard that but cannot comment on it until I... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jimmy C.
It's not the best movie and there have been a few movie mistakes, but the plot was quite good, maybe even somewhat original. Read morePublished 17 months ago by 1337
After reading so many positive reviews of this film, I went through an extensive search in an attempt to find this rare film, well, suffice it to... Read more
Looks and sounds great in 7.1 DTS HD.
Special features are very good.
Commentary is informative. Read more