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  • Actors: André Morell, Diane Clare, Brook Williams, Jacqueline Pearce, John Carson
  • Directors: John Gilling
  • Writers: Peter Bryan
  • Producers: Anthony Nelson Keys
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: November 2, 1999
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305650632
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,622 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Plague of the Zombies" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Exclusive World of Hammer Episode: Mummies, Werewolves & the Living Dead
  • Combo Theatrical Trailer With Dracula - Prince Of Darkness
  • Includes 5" x 7" Theatrical Poster Facsimile of Dracula - Prince Of Darkness & The Plague of the Zombies

Editorial Reviews

Features André Morell (Actor), Diane Clare (Actor), John Gilling (Director).

Customer Reviews

This is one of those rare animals known as a good zombie film.
Mark McKinney
I.E. - The Legend Of The 7 Golden Vampires does not include the U.S. cut of the film as mentioned.
Dead Elvis 1988
It has a great gothic ambience, a tight story line, smart direction, and a skillful cast.
Bryan Cassiday

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Troy M. Ros on October 17, 2002
Format: DVD
This is an above average Hammer Studios film from 1966. It was filmed back to back with The Reptile, another above average Hammer production, using chiefly the same crew and much of the same cast.
The story is that there is a mysterious plauge killing people in a small Cornish villiage. Dr. Forbes (André Morell) travels there to inviestigate and is accompanied by his daughter, Sylvia Forbes (Diane Clare), who uses it as an excuse to visit her childhood friend Alice Tompson (Jacqueline Pearce). Alice's husband is the local doctor and has been unable to figure out why people have been dying. His wife Alice has also been acting strange lately, somewhat withdrawn and lifeless, which has been the main sympton before the locals died.
There is a local gang of privileged ruffians who are headed by the local nobleman, Squire Clive Hamilton. Hamilton more or less runs the vilage and he also owns the old abondoned mine near town. He is of course approached by Dr. Forbes but cannot provide any help as to the cause of deaths. But soon he doctor begins to suspect the truth: That the Squire is actually a practicing Voodoo priest who has been turning locals into zombies to work in his mine!
Before too long Alice Tompson dies and her distraught husband has her buried in the local cemetery. We get to watch as she rises from the grave to report to the mine for duty! There are lots of cool shots of zombies lumbering around and rising from graves
In this film the whole town is shrouded in mist and there is a constant sense of dread among the population. Michael Ripper does a great job as the local constable who is trying to solve the mystery along with Dr. Forbes. Tightly put together with a fast pace for most of the movie, this is a great release from Hammer.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Simon Davis on September 30, 2003
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By 1966 Hammer Studios were among the leaders in producing stylish horror stories often in a period setting and they were responsible for resurrecting most of the great horror characters of Hollywood's heyday like Dracula, Frankenstein and The Mummy who had been out of favour for almost a decade. The Zombie genre strangely was never a subject Hammer explored, the sole exception being this beautiful 1966 production of "Plague of the Zombies". It incorporates most of the elements made famous by Hammer, an English setting last century, a mysterious plague settling on the unsuspecting townspeople, a dark secret that needs unravelling, and ghoulish deceased residents rising from the dead for a sinister purpose. This film makes terrific viewing with some of Hammer's best atmospheric and makeup work on show in a beautiul full colour production.
"Plague of the Zombies", takes place in a small Cornwall village where a mysterious epidemic is decimating the population. The victims develop a strange lethargy and then die from undeterminable causes. The village doctor Dr. Peter Thompson (Brook Williams), is completely baffled so he writes to his old college mentor in London Sir James Forbes asking him to come down to help solve this problem. Sir James travels down with his daughter Sylvia (Diane Clare). who is a friend of Peter's wife Alice. Upon arriving however they discover that many strange things are going on. They first encounter trouble with the local Squire Clive Hamilton who has recently arrived in the area after a period in Haiti and owns a large estate that includes a disused tin mine. Peter informs them that the villagers distrust him and wont let him perform an autopsy on any of the plague victims making a treatment impossible. Alice alarmingly is also suffering from the epidemic.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David L Rattigan on July 27, 2004
Format: DVD
One of Hammer's best directors, John Gilling, has turned out an excellent piece of horror whose influence on the zombie subgenre, especially in terms of its impressive imagery, has been significant.

Admittedly, there are a few faults: Diane Clare is rather unconvincing; Brook Williams overacts; the script, while very good overall, suffers occasional lapses. However, these weaknesses are outweighed by an otherwise excellent cast and execution. It is hard not to see shades of Christopher Lee in John Carson, superb as the outwardly charming, inwardly villainous Squire. Andre Morell is strong as usual in the role of the main protagonist.

Like Gilling's next film, The Reptile, made back-to-back on the same sets, Plague of the Zombies's thematic centre is power, authority and oppression, and the film is full of ironic role-reversals, all of which foreshadow the Squire's eventual demise, the triumph over imperialism and tyranny.

But if the sophisticated subtext makes it all sound rather too dark and heavy-going, don't be put off: This is a ripping good horror tale in Hammer's best and most enjoyable style.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Troy M. Ros on October 12, 2002
Format: DVD
This is an above average Hammer Studios film from 1966. It was filmed back to back with The Reptile, another above average Hammer production, using chiefly the same crew and much of the same cast.
The story is that there is a mysterious plauge killing people in a small Cornish villiage. Dr. Forbes (André Morell) travels there to inviestigate and is accompanied by his daughter, Sylvia Forbes (Diane Clare), who uses it as an excuse to visit her childhood friend Alice Tompson (Jacqueline Pearce). Alice's husband is the local doctor and has been unable to figure out why people have been dying. His wife Alice has also been acting strange lately, somewhat withdrawn and lifeless, which has been the main sympton before the locals died.
There is a local gang of privileged ruffians who are headed by the local nobleman, Squire Clive Hamilton. Hamilton more or less runs the vilage and he also owns the old abondoned mine near town. He is of course approached by Dr. Forbes but cannot provide any help as to the cause of deaths. But soon he doctor begins to suspect the truth: That the Squire is actually a practicing Voodoo priest who has been turning locals into zombies to work in his mine!
Before too long Alice Tompson dies and her distraught husband has her buried in the local cemetery. We get to watch as she rises from the grave to report to the mine for duty! There are lots of cool shots of zombies lumbering around and rising from graves
In this film the whole town is shrouded in mist and there is a constant sense of dread among the population. Michael Ripper does a great job as the local constable who is trying to solve the mystery along with Dr. Forbes. Tightly put together with a fast pace for most of the movie, this is a great release from Hammer.
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