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The Plague of the Zombies Details


A wonderfully atmospheric outing from Hammer Films, who diverged from their often successful variations on Universal's classic monsters into the world of zombies, a genre which had yet to receive its infusion of terrifying new blood with the 1968 classic Night of the Living Dead. The plot, which owes a debt to the Bela Lugosi chiller Bela Lugosi, involves a mad Cornish squire, who solves an annoying labor crisis in his tin mines by turning local villagers into voodoo-controlled zombies. Dr. Thompson (Brook Williams) and his daughter Alice (Jacqueline Pearce) soon discover the unpleasant nocturnal habits of the shambling undead slaves -- including their tendency to go on murderous rampages when not directly under the squire's control. At the request of Alice, Sir James Forbes (André Morell) arrives on the scene to investigate. The superb script by Peter Bryan employs an interesting subtext about the rift between the British aristocracy and the exploited working class, but the film is less a political allegory than a spooky, atmospheric horror opus that ranks among Hammer Films' finest. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

  • Release date:January 1, 1900


Andre Morell
as Sir James Forbes
Diane Clare
as Sylvia Forbes
Brook Williams
as Dr. Peter Thompson
Alexander Davion
as Denver
Jacqueline Pearce
as Alice Thompson
Michael Ripper
as Sgt. Swift
Dennis Chinnery
as PC Christian
Ben Aris
as John Martinus
Tim Condren
Louis Mahoney
as Servant
Jerry Verno
as Landlord
Louis Mahoney
as Servant
Ben Aris
as John Martinus


John Gilling
Anthony Hinds
Peter Bryan
Arthur Grant
Bernard Robinson
Production Designer
Don Mingaye
Art Director
Roy Ashton