Review: ‘The Plague of the Zombies’

Filmed at Ireland's Bray Studios, The Plague of the Zombies is a well-made horror programmer about strange happenings a century ago in a small town on the moors. Peter Bryan is credited with the script which brings Andre Morell, a distinguished medic professor, and daughter Diane Clare to the boondocks town where former pupil Brook Williams isn't having much luck in his new practice. A dozen people have died mysteriously, and local squire John Carson won't permit autopsies. Jacqueline Pearce, Williams' wife, isn't looking too good, either.

Filmed at Ireland’s Bray Studios, The Plague of the Zombies is a well-made horror programmer about strange happenings a century ago in a small town on the moors. Peter Bryan is credited with the script which brings Andre Morell, a distinguished medic professor, and daughter Diane Clare to the boondocks town where former pupil Brook Williams isn’t having much luck in his new practice. A dozen people have died mysteriously, and local squire John Carson won’t permit autopsies. Jacqueline Pearce, Williams’ wife, isn’t looking too good, either.

The formula scripting involves about 55 minutes of seeding with various unexplained incidents, followed by an explanation of the diabolical forces involved. Then in the last 35 minutes, the demons are foiled.

The Plague of the Zombies

UK

Production

Hammer/Seven Arts. Director John Gilling; Producer Anthony Nelson-Keys; Screenplay Peter Bryan; Camera Arthur Grant; Editor James Needs, Chris Barnes; Music James Bernard; Art Director Bernard Robinson

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1966. Running time: 90 MIN.

With

Andre Morell Diane Clare John Carson Brook Williams Alexander Davion Jacqueline Pearce
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