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Plot: Young workers are dying because of a mysterious epidemic in a little village in Cornwall. Doctor Thompson is helpless and asks professor James Forbes for help. The professor and his daughter Sylvia travel to Thomson. Terrible things happen soon, beyond imagination or reality. Dead people are seen… Runtime: 91 min Release Date: 12 Jan 1966
"Don't let the dubious plot put you off one of Hammer's best horror movies." (by jamesraeburn2003)
Set in the year 1860, a rural Cornish village has been struck by a mysterious sickness which is killing off members of the community at an alarming rate. Baffled, the local GP Peter Thompson Brook Williams calls in his old university mentor Sir James Forbes Andre Morell to help him find out what the disease is and to destroy it. Forbes and his young daughter Sylvia Diane Clare arrive to find that Thompson has lost all confidence in his ability and the locals have lost all faith in him too. Two more deaths follow in the village including Thompson's beloved wife Alice Jacqueline <more>
Pierce before it finally transpires that the laird of the community, Squire Hamilton John Carson , has been practicing witchcraft in order to kill off certain people before raising them from the dead as zombies for cheap labor in his tin mine. Forbes and Thompson have to fight their way through the superstitious and narrow minded ways of the locals in order to stop Hamilton before he eliminates the entire community and his next intended victim is Sylvia!The Plague Of The Zombies was shot back-to-back with Hammer's other Cornish shocker, The Reptile, by director John Gilling at the legendary Bray Studios, Berkshire, England during the summer of 1965. Both pictures shared the same sets and these were redressed accordingly to their required use. But if you watch The Reptile you will recognise the same village and graveyard sets! It is worth noting that The Reptile is also rich in atmosphere despite the low budget and the limitations that back-to-back shooting would suggest. Both Plague and The Reptile were released as supporting features to two of Hammer's main features the following year. The Reptile supported Rasputin The Mad Monk March 1966 and The Plague Of The Zombies went out with Dracula Prince Of Darkness in January 1966. Yet despite their second feature status, both of Gilling's films outshone the main feature. When I first saw The Plague Of The Zombies some seven years ago when it was shown late one Friday night on Channel 4, I didn't think that it was going to be very good judging by the plot synopsis in my film guide. But when the end credits rolled, I was astonished by just how good it really was. During the fifties, John Gilling had directed a number of quota-quickie pictures and some of them were very mediocre, but here he takes a rather dubious storyline and gives it a lot of weight by emphasising the distinct contrast between the superstitious country folk and the more forward thinking men of science and the lengths that the latter have to go to in order to solve the mystery. For instance, they have been refused the right to perform any autopsies so it isn't until Alice dies that Forbes has to persuade Thompson to allow him to perform an autopsy to try and find out the cause of death. In addition, there is an imaginatively staged green-tinted nightmare sequence, which is still talked about by horror buffs and it has been suggested that it inspired George A Romero when he made his Night Of The Living Dead only a few years later. In this memorable sequence Thompson sees the dead rise from their graves. This turns out to be a premonition as after he awakens, Forbes and the local police sergeant Michael Ripper exhume all the graves to find them empty.The Plague Of The Zombies also features fine performances from Andre Morell as Sir James Forbes portraying him as a charming, intelligent and resourceful man of science who is prepared to do anything for the benefit of good even though the superstitious locals don't always understand his methods and can't understand that what he's doing can only ultimately save them. Morell's performance is strong enough to rank among the best of Hammer's screen heroes such as Peter Cushing's Sherlock Holmes and Christopher Lee's Duc De' Richeleau. Brook Williams offers good support as Peter Thompson whilst Jacqueline Pierce is standout as his wife whom has to be decapitated by a shovel in order to save her from being enslaved to the cult of the undead forever. John Carson is suitably suave as the evil Squire Hamilton and ever present is the reliable Michael Ripper who played virtually everything for Hammer over the years including pirates, old soaks and pub landlords and here he is equally versatile in the role of the sympathetic Sgt Swift.In summary, many people agree including myself that The Plague Of The Zombies is John Gilling's finest hour as a director as this assignment gave him more opportunities than the quota-quickies to exploit the setting and place emphasis on the class structure of the time thus giving more weight to the plot. In addition, Bernard Robinson's sets are excellent and Arthur Grant's cinematography is suitably atmospheric.
I first saw this film when I was 5 years old and I was terrified. The plot is excellent and Andre Morell's performance was great. The mixture of Gothic and zombies was unique to this day. Thanks to DVD I could get my hands on this classic. It starts when an unknown plague kills young workers in a small town and the local doctor can't explain why, this provokes some of the locals to question the young doctor's ability. Peter, played by Brook Williams seeks help from his mentor Sir James Forbes, played by Andre Morell. James and his daughter Silvia travel to the small town and on <more>
their way they have a rude encounter with a group of men hunting a defenseless fox, soon after that they see a funeral of one of the victims of the mysterious plague. James finds very quickly that the town's people are in fear, and feel threatened by any outsider. Peter is found in a bar and the brother of one of the victims picks on him saying that he is the one responsible for the people's death; soon James interrupts by saying that Peter was one of his best students. Unfortunately, for Peter his wife is also a victim of the plague. James tries to solve the mystery and finds out that the one responsible is Squire Clive Hamilton played by John Carson. Hamilton practices witchcraft and turns the people into zombies so they can work in the mines. The movie is filled with mystery and great special effects for the time. It involves slave zombies, and a villain who practices voodoo, not the flesh eating zombies of George Romero. This time the zombies are the victims of greed. This is a very entertaining film perhaps a little out of date compared with the zombie movies of today. It is very unfortunate that the hammer studio does not exist anymore. Hammer gave us an extraordinary legacy of movies that will entertain generations to come.
One of Hammer's creepiest movies (by Leofwine_draca)
Everyone rightly agrees that George Romero's NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD pretty much single-handedly invented the modern zombie genre in 1968. It posited the zombies as a flesh-eating monsters which, when massed together, became a terrifying threat. Therefore the quaint Hammer Horror film THE PLAGUE OF THE ZOMBIES, made in 1966, is one of the last of the old-fashioned zombie films made just before the sub-genre changed forever.The good news is that this is a fantastic little film which feels much fresher and more inventive than Hammer's Dracula or Frankenstein films of the era. Peter <more>
Bryan's screenplay is the stuff of excellence, featuring some realistic and likable heroic leads Andre Morell is at his best here, I feel , a truly dastardly villain in the form of John Carson making him a fox-hunting toff is a stroke of genius , and a very clever reason for the existence of the zombies in the first place they're cheap labour in a Cornish tin mine .Prolific B-movie director John Gilling directs what I think is his best movie. Certainly this is atmospheric stuff indeed with wonderful sets and costumes and a really lush and colourful look to it. The supporting cast includes Michael Ripper and Jacqueline Pearce and is just as colourful in its own way. The eerie dream sequence is well-remembered for a reason and there's one of those rousing fiery climaxes that Hammer did so well. THE PLAGUE OF THE ZOMBIES is a real delight for horror lovers and there's not a thing I can fault about it.
The plague of The Zombies is the only zombie film that Hammer studios made,which is a shame but then i suppose they specialised more in vampire movies.Even though this was there only one it probably makes it more memorable as it was the last proper zombie film which stuck to the true definition of what a zombie was supposed to be,which were people turned into the living dead so that they would be slaves and very cheap labour workers for a wealthy master.Zombies can kill but they don't live on peoples flesh as seen in the later and current zombie films.This is what i like about plague of <more>
the zombies,and why it seems to have become sought after. It was made the same year as Hammers the Reptile and uses the same location and sets,and even some of the same actors.Also like the Reptile ,Plague Of The Zombies has a very cold atmospheric quality about it,ma by this is to do with the location and sets,i don't know but they are genuinely creepy films,and if you have seen one you may as well see the other.Although i would say that Plague Of The Zombies does seem to have a lot more people in it,so was probably made on a bigger budget.Also like all Hammer films its entertaining and times a bit silly but thats Hammer.
Highly recommended Suspense zombie film (by Coventry)
When we think about zombie films, first titles that come to mind are George A. Romero's trilogy, the Return of the living dead series and maybe Peter Jackson's Braindead. All good films off course but this 1966 film should definitely be on this "top of mind" list.It contains all ingredients off the ideal horror film: suspense only the George Romero films have that too, most others are more funny than scary . Several scenes just give you the creeps and you stare to them with your eyes wide open. Also, great acting performances by rather unknown actors. The accents are <more>
typical British and very appropriate in the atmosphere of the film in my opinion, of course the make-up effects and the creepy music just make the whole film complete. No negative remarks from my side !!!But perhaps what makes the film excellent the most is the very original story... Zombies rise from their grave and have only one mission : hunt the living !!...normally... In this Hammer production of course Hammer... you gotta love 'em the zombies are brought back by men, for whole other causes... The highly respected Dr. Forbes receives a letter from one of his former students. This man, Dr Peter Thomson, now is the doctor in a small village in Cornwall. A lot of young men died in this village and he's calling Dr. Forbes for help. Dr. Forbes and his daughter Sylvia go there to help him out, and they too soon discover that there's something very strange going on. they want to perform an autopsy on one of the bodies to find out more about the disease but this ain't possible because all of corpses disappeared. When Peter's wife becomes a victim of this disease too, both the doctor's do everything to discover what in God's name is going on. One man in town is a great mystery...Mr. Hamilton. He recently came to town and now own the old mine. This mine was very profitable in the past but it had to be closed because many worker lost their lives. Nobody knows much about Mr. Hamilton, except that spend many years in Haïti...the country of voodoo. Telling more about this film would be a real shame cause the it's definitely worth checking out. If you're in the mood to see a good zombie film, but a little more scarier than usual...this is your film
Hammer should have made more zombie films (by bensonmum2)
The basic story: Sir James Forbes André Morell} and his daughter Sylvia Diane Clare} visit a doctor friend and his wife to help with some strange goings-on in town. Sir James soon suspects supernatural forces are at work. After the doctor's wife dies of a strange illness, Sir James and the doctor spend the night in the cemetery to see what will happen. Sure enough, she rises from the grave. When Sylvia begins showing similar symptoms to that of the doctor's wife, Sir James knows he must find who or what is behind the dead coming back to life. Anymore of the story would be too <more>
much.The acting in The Plague of the Zombies is excellent. Andre Morell who also played Watson in Hammer's excellent version of The Hound of the Baskervilles is very believable and effective as Sir James. And, Diane Clare is perfect in the role of the fragile Sylvia. This is Hammer, so Michael Ripper is here doing his usual steady work as the local police sergeant. The rest of the cast is more than adequate.Most every Hammer film I've seen is a treat for the eye, but this is one of the more visually pleasing Hammer films I've ever seen. The sets, the Cornish village, the vivid colors example: the deep, rich red Hammer blood , and the costumes are dead on.But what makes this film so impressive is the intelligent script written by Peter Bryan. Bryan has crafted a script with characters that act and speak appropriately. For example, instead of just accepting the fact that the dead are coming back to life, Sir James as a scientist must have proof. The steps he takes to find out what's going on are believable and realistic. Too many horror films have supposed scientists jumping to the wildest of conclusions without a shred of proof. Today's script writers could learn a thing or two from this movie.A word of warning to fans of more modern zombie films - these are not the zombies of Fulci or Romero. The zombies in this movie more closely resemble those in White Zombie or, one of my favorites, King of the Zombies. Instead of being mindless flesh-eaters, these zombies appear to have some reasoning ability and serve a master as a slave. The make-up is not as gruesome as modern zombies, but given Hammer's usual limited budgets, it's quite good.
A Great Movie of Zombies Made Before the Classical `The Night of the Living Dead' (by claudio_carvalho)
In 1860, Sir James Forbes André Morell and his daughter Sylvia Diane Clare receive a letter from his former brilliant student Dr. Peter Tompson Brook Williams , who is married to an old school friend of Sylvia, Alice Jacqueline Pearce . In this letter, Peter tells that mysterious deaths are happening in the area where he is the local doctor. Sir James decides to visit the friends with Sylvia and helps Peter to find out what is happening. There, he realizes that the bodies of the new dead are disappearing from their graves. A further investigation shows them the existence of zombies in <more>
that location. This 1966 movie from Hammer just released on DVD in Brazil is a great film of zombies. There are just a few good movies about this subject that I can remember the best of them and classical 1968 `The Night of the Living Dead' and the two others of George Romero's trilogy `Dawn of the Dead' and `Day of the Dead', the good remake of `The Night of the Living Dead', the great Bill Pullman's `Brain Dead' and also great Jennifer's Grey `Ritual' . This movie from Hammer is also an excellent one, and if the viewer pays attention, he will notice that it was made BEFORE the 1968 `The Night of the Living Dead'. I supposed that George Romero's movie was the first important one to explore the zombie theme, but now I realize that this 1966 Hammer's movie came first. My vote is eight.
Hammer's only zombie movie is a winner. (by BA_Harrison)
George Romero might have breathed life back into the zombie sub-genre with his classic 'Night Of The Living Dead' 1968 , but I think he possibly owes a debt to Hammer's 1966 movie 'Plague Of The Zombies': his infamous flesh-eating cadavers bear a remarkable resemblance to Plague's admittedly less ravenous mouldy, shuffling corpses.In Hammer's effective little shocker, André Morell is Sir James Forbes, a professor of medicine who travels to Cornwall in the company of his daughter, Sylvia, played by Diane Clare after receiving a strange missive from ex-student <more>
Peter Tompson. Now working as a GP in a remote part of the West country, Peter is completely baffled as to why his patients have suddenly started dropping like flies.After investigating matters in the Cornish town, Sir James discovers that the victims are being killed and returned to life through the power of voodoo by nasty landed gent Squire Hamilton John Carson , who is using the rotting automatons to work his supposedly abandoned tin mine.Although it was originally released as a support feature for 'Dracula, Prince Of Darkness', Plague Of The Zombies is easily one of Hammer's finest efforts and essential viewing for fans of the living dead. The talented cast give some excellent performances Morell, in particular, is great as the open-minded man of science who is quite prepared to embrace the notion of witchcraft , whilst director John Gilling ensures that the film rattles along at a fair pace, managing some pretty chilling set-pieces in the process: a creepy dream-sequence that sets the standards for corpses crawling from their graves; a shocking scene in which we meet our first walking dead; and a truly memorable moment that features the decapitation of a zombie by spade come to think of it, maybe Mr. Raimi also owes a little of his success to this film .
a surprisingly clever and wonderful horror flick (by MartinHafer)
This is certainly one of the strangest flicks I've seen from Hammer Films! The story is about a small British town where people have been dropping like flies and so a doctor and his daughter come to town looking for answers. Also, some of the recently deceased have periodically been seen mucking about the countryside! Some suspect black magic, but the film chooses a very strange and cool solution to this dilemma. Instead of dark forces, some bloke is making it look as if these people are dead and using their zombie-like bodies to mine tin in an abandoned mine! Now that's a very clever <more>
way to get around labor unions and fringe benefits! In addition to a genuinely odd script and very effective chills along the way, the movie has a lot of excellent twists and turns because the script is very intelligently written. In fact, I began watching the film with very low expectations and left feeling very pleasantly surprised. I especially loved how the old guy dealt with the fake evil cult when they caught him in the house towards the end. All too often, scripts underestimate the audience's intelligence or make their characters clichéd dunderheads--but not this nifty little film!