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Zombie Lake: Remastered Edition (1981)

Howard Vernon , Jean Rollin  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Howard Vernon
  • Directors: Jean Rollin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Redemption
  • DVD Release Date: February 26, 2013
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AIANJ3M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #304,781 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In a small lakeside town, young women are disappearing without a trace. The superstitious locals blame ''The Lake of Ghosts'', because of the lake's haunting past, but the town's mayor (Howard Vernon) seems reluctant, or powerless to take any action. When another woman is found dead near the lake, with her throat ripped out, a reporter comes to town and soon discovers that the lake harbors a terrible secret dating back to World War II. It is then a group of local Resistance fighters take action against a troop of Nazi zombie soldiers invading their town, as they have come back from the dead. And now, whenever the waters at ZOMBIE LAKE are disturbed, the dead will rise!

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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisitely bad cinema. June 23, 2002
Format:DVD
Ed Wood's films (particularly Plan 9 From Outer Space) are widely considered to be the worst ever made. That is absolutely untrue. Zombie Lake makes Plan 9 look like Seven Samurai or Lawrence of Arabia. It is without doubt the worst film ever made. It has to be. It must.
I will not give a synopsis; other reviewers have done that. I will instead share some of the treasures contained in Zombie Lake:
1) A beautiful, nubile young woman is completely nude during the opening credits. Yes, this must be a record; full frontal nudity during the opening titles!
2) The zombies' makeup is of the 99 cent, K Mart variety. The makeup rubs off on the victims' bodies, and as the film progresses, washes off of the zombies. By their final emergence from the lake, one zombie's face is completely devoid of makeup.
3) During one shining, glorious moment, the camera operator can clearly be seen in a mirror.
4) The female "basketball" team, emerges from their VW bus and begins to play with a volleyball.
5) Said female team begin disrobing, and reveal that none of them are wearing underclothes (and they just came back from practice). In fact, none of the women in the film wear underclothes, except for one young woman who is taking a bath (the tub conveniently located on her lawn).
6) One member of the team gleefully strips off all of her clothes, and enters the lake still wearing her shoes. She must be a modest young lady. In the very next scene (an underwater shot),her shoes have miraculously disappeared.
7) The underwater shots are obviously shot in a pool. Canvas has been draped over the walls of the pool, and the ripples and folds of the canvas are completely visible. A light and drain are also on full display.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Strange but entertaining. June 27, 2001
Format:DVD
If you cross the three genres horror, soft porn and family drama you get Zombie Lake. It was probably hard for the distributors to find an audience for this one. None of the genres work very well in this film expect the nudity of course. But it tends to be more comical than erotic especially in the scene where the female basket team baths nude in the lake. The music in that scene must be heard to be believed. Howard Vernon, who plays the mayor, gives the film some dignity it maybe don't deserve. This is much worser than Oasis of the Zombies and the zombie make-up is so bad you won't believe your eyes. It's so bad it's hard to think intelligent people has made it. But at the same time it's entertaining to watch so I give it three stars anyway. Fans of bad euro films may like it, but others probably want to stay away from it.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A different kind of Zombie film August 10, 2003
Format:DVD
As a fan of Italian horror/zombie movies, I wasn't sure what to make of this French release when ordering it. The price was right however so I decided to give it a try. While not the worst film I have ever seen, it was completely different from Italian Zombie flicks. The violence is toned way down. Even when someone is killed there is a limited amount of blood. There are other noticeable things about the movie that only took me one viewing to notice such as: the underwater scenes of the zombies were obviously filmed in a pool (you can see the side wall in the background), the time line is way off as a former Nazi solider who died during the war could not have an eight-year-old daughter 35 years after World War II (this part really amazed me) and as mentioned by other reviewers, the makeup was poor (it would rub off when the zombies attacked someone).
That being said, it was different and it was worth the price ($9.99) although I'm glad I didn't spend $20 or more on it.
It was nice also to finally see a film by Jean Rollin, a director I have heard of but had never had the chance to see any of his works.
Don't expect anything along the lines of Italian cinema here and you won't be disappointed.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I'll start my review of "Zombie Lake" by saying that I had very low expectations for this film, based on the other reviews I had read about it. It seems that nobody likes this film, not even the zombie-flick fans like myself. But, being stubborn as I am and really taking a liking to the cover of thr DVD, I figured "What the heck". At the very least, I should be entertained by the pure cheesiness of the film....WRONG!!

This movie is bad!

ZOmbie movies rarely have a plot(Romero's films aside) and that's usually OK. But, this film doesn't even have a point and that is not OK! The opening scene consists of a woman, walking down to this lake by herself, stripping and jumping in. This goes on for like 10 minutes. Then she is pulled under water by what I am guessing is supposed to be one of the zombies. You would not know that though, because this 'thing' is so un-scary. Anyway, people in town notice she is missing. After 3 days they decide to call the police(Hey, nothing like taking quick action) and after another week or so, the police actually show up; just to be murdered the first day they are there.

The town gets a visit from a reporter, who is dead-set on learning as much as she can about the lake, from the mayor. He tells her the story of the Nazi soldier who made love and had a child with one of the townsfolk. HE was later murdered, along with his unit, by some members of the French "Resistance" and their bodies thrown into the lake. Now, they are terrorizing the town, some 10 or 15 years later.

This film might have had some promise. But, it is just plain terrible. The soundtrack sounds like music you would hear while shopping at a supermarket.
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2.0 out of 5 stars So bad that I will never watch another French movie.
This is the 2nd French horror movie I have watched and it was even worse than the first. Even lots of totally nude girls could not save it from terminal boredom. Read more
Published 6 months ago by E. Emory
4.0 out of 5 stars Horny Nazi zombies.... with heart?
This is a laughably bad movie that gets worse as it goes along. Of course thats what I liked about it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by L-Smack
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Example of French Cinematic
Take one Nazi Zombie, give him emotions, a memory, some jewelry and a daughter and you have the best film since Sharknado
Published 8 months ago by Richard
4.0 out of 5 stars Naked girls
French movie with subtitles, but you are able to follow the movie without reading them. Special effects and acting are subpar but there are more sexy naked girls than zombies... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Larry S.
1.0 out of 5 stars A zombie love story
Subtitles and foreign zombies not as good as American zombies...has to be seen to be believed.not scary at all if that's what your looking for.
Published 9 months ago by jim wilkinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Zombies and Nazis, what a combination.
It would be better if it were in English. I don't like subtitles. This has to be classic zombie film. Watch it.
Published 9 months ago by DZ302
5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSICAL ZOMBIE HORROR FAN THE ZOMBIE WOLF
I USED TO HAVE THIS MOVIE IN MY LIBRARY A LONG TIME AGO I NOW HAVE IT AGAIN WHAT A CLASSIC ZOMBIE MOVIE I HIGHLY RECOMEND ANY ZOMBIE HORROR FAN TO GO OUT AND PURCHASE THIS CLASSIC... Read more
Published 10 months ago by tony
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story
I liked the story line even if the zombies were not realistic. Nude scenes were very nice and the girls were good looking.
Published 10 months ago by Jim
1.0 out of 5 stars I dont recommend this movie unless you like movies that are very...
The movie itself is horrible.

It does however have a lot of full frontal female nudity which is really the only good part
Published 11 months ago by Ryan Carter
4.0 out of 5 stars fun
extremely goofy campy movie. thoroughly enjoyable though no scary of shocking parts alot like original Night of the living dead
Published 11 months ago by Jerry Neal Brown
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