More zombie action sooner would have made this good movie great, but as it is, I’m hard pressed to complain about what I got. Ultimately, the weird humor of the film makes the bleak ending that much more effective.
Meant as the B-side of a horror double feature, Plague of the Zombies was paired with the higher profile Dracula, Prince of Darkness. Plague of the Zombies got lost in the large shadow of Hammer’s vampire juggernaut, but fans have had a chance to go back and re-evaluate the film.
Drac’s dialogue was choice, and the comic was full of half-naked vampire chicks, crossbows, cane swords, reanimated corpses, and bikers in furry lambswool vests and droopy mustaches
A movie that awkwardly tapes together a turgid underworld drama with a movie in which a laughing Caucasian thug and a Taoist priest use gyonshi to battle a dude who sometimes, for no reason that is ever explained, transforms into a space-helmeted, silver foil clad “Futuristic Warrior.” Oh, and also sometimes…ninjas!
Mattei departed this mortal coil via a film that is the perfect summation of everything he ever contributed to the world of cinema
It turns out that no magical incantation or talisman was needed to defeat these particular mummies, but instead just a couple of supermodels hurling sticks of dynamite.
Lifeforce mixes everything into a completely loopy sci-fi horror tale featuring a perpetually nude female lead and an exploding Patrick Stewart. It’s overdue for a little love.
It’s better than the micro-budget horror coming out of the United States or Japan, but that’s not setting the bar very high. Worth watching if you are a zombie film completist, but that’s about it
It seems like Japan makes about five zombie movies a week, each one more half-assed than the last. When Italy and the United States lost interest in the zombie film, Japan decided to crank a few out.
Instead of Lovecraft, Beyond Re-Animator looks to Hammer horror films for inspiration. In particular, it’s mining the territory previously explored by Frankenstein Created Woman and, even more so, Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell