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NIGHT OF THE ZOMBIES - Skull
Not Rated
Copyright 1981 Films Dara
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Vincent - Interpol agent, suffers from a serious case of "I'm a nice guy." Chomped.
  • Lea - Female reporter, she's a great deal better looking with her top off. Turned into human mush.
  • Lieutenant Mike London - Leader of the crack Interpol unit, a strangely poetic man... ...until he gets munched.
  • Santoro - Unbalanced guy, he enjoys playing "keep away" with the beasties. Eventually fails to "keep away."
  • Two Dudes - One is Lea's cameraman, the other an Interpol guy. Both become zombie chow.
  • Josie, Hubby, and the Kid - Fodder, she gets eaten by a random zombie and the kid becomes one then chews his dad's neck out.
  • The Zombies - Created by a chemical/nuclear accident, something like that.

Buy It!

The Plot: 

This was awful, coming from myself that's quite a statement. Twenty minutes into the flick I was trying to come up with a way to get revenge against the director of this one.

In New Guinea (you heard me, funny little island in the Pacific) some sort of chemical/nuclear research project, based in a refinery, goes terribly wrong. Half a world away the special Interpol team led by Lieutenant London is dispatched to find out what. The International Criminal Police Organization is called out to investigate the disaster at a nuclear facility?

They don't take a boat to the offshore facility though. They get airdropped miles inland! Plus, they're all dubbed over; it sounds like a bunch of guys from the Bronx, NYC. Anyway, they run into some news reporters who are having zombie problems, like the seven year old kid munching through dad's neck.

After some suitable idiocy they learn to shoot the brain. They never put this to use though. The morons just keep pumping bullets into every other body part except the head. The surviving reporters accompany the policemen through several boring encounters with undead. The survivors from those finally arrive at the research center. This is good, it signals the movie's end is near, and so are the actors - everybody dies! End of story.

At one point the travelers hear drums, so Lea says that she has to make friends with the natives! The young lady then proceeds to whip her shirt off, slap some face paint on, and go jogging into the village. The sight of a woman jogging topless lifted my spirits for a few moments, before the assneck director again threw stock footage at me. Prepare to see numerous segments lifted from "Animal Kingdom" or "National Geographic" specials. One moment you're watching a zombie shamble along, the next it's a horde of fruit bats roosting. If you think that's bad wait until you see people constantly "paralyzed with fear" as the zombies approach. Complete idiocy, unless you are a serious bad movie enthusiast (or want to torture your friends) avoid this one.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • One zombie rat can kill a full grown man.
  • People will stare in paralyzed horror at a zombie eating someone.
  • Eco terrorists talk too much.
  • Zombies are usually mistaken for lepers.
  • Modern battle tanks are no match for spear chucking natives.
  • Bras are good. (Leaf through a National Geographic, you'll understand.)
  • The natives of New Guinea use synthesizers.
  • Zombies are not very good at tag.
  • The undead love to wear polyester.
  • Zombies cannot swim.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 2 mins - Is this a movie about disco or zombies?
  • 9 mins - Why did that guy pull his own gas mask off when the zombie attacked?
  • 23 mins - These guys could sure use a group hug.
  • 31 mins - You need a bigger gun.
  • 34 mins - Hey morons, didn't he tell you to shoot them in the head?
  • 37 mins - Stock "National Geographic" footage.
  • 38 mins - RANDOM GRATUITOUS BREAST SHOT!
  • 42 mins - Stock footage.
  • 55 mins - How did he get behind her?
  • 64 mins - Stock footage of birds catching fish?
  • 79 mins - Stock footage of fruit bats? Couldn't you guys afford film?

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

FileDialog
Green Music Note nightzombies1.wav Scientist: "It's no use, sir. The circuits have gone wild. Nobody answers."
Other Scientist: "We had better stop that leak, or we'll all be dead."
Green Music Note nightzombies2.wav London: "Eagle calling base. It's hot as a horse's ass and fly time here, and I don't like the heat."
Green Music Note nightzombies3.wav Vincent: "Patience is the chief virtue of those who have faith, Mahtama Gandhi, New Dehli, 1946. London: "Up your ass, Lieutenant Mike London, Shit Creek, the year is now."
Green Music Note nightzombies4.wav Official: "We have to organize the police forces, local and national, into well armed teams equipped with flamethrowers and ready to take the corpses from relatives who try to hide them."
Green Music NoteTheme Song Listen to a clip from the soundtrack.

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Playing keep away with the zombies.

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Reply #1. Posted on March 23, 1999, 11:03:40 PM by apostic@home.com
Agreed.  This movie sucks marrow and doesn't even have the decency to swallow.  Thanx for the reminder.  I've been lurking your site for a while, but your commentary was enough to make me speak up.

I first saw this... uh... thing during the continuing video explosion in the mid/late eighties.  Amazing.  If someone were to ask me, "What's a bad movie?" I'd show'em this one, 'cause it's technically bad, morally bad, and entertainment bad (as opposed to "entertainingly bad").  Even the white-capped topless jogging didn't make up for it.

Until you ran the review, I could not remember its name.  Funny how the mind will repress the details of some memories to protect the sanity.  Now I know.  My past pain has a name.

Of course, I've been swimming in a lot more cinematic cesspools than I used to (including your fine site -- keep up the awesome work), so I don't know if I would be affected by this Ed Wood wannabe in quite the same way.  It's difficult to use the director's name (Bruno Mattei or whatever alias he is working under this week) and the word "quality" in the same sentence, but let's get honest -- this much badness has got to be the work of more than one man.

Finally, I appreciated your revenge comment.  Tell you what: If you should happen to find out what kind of cars the responsible parties drive, let me know.

regards,

Apostic
Night of the Zombies
Reply #2. Posted on March 29, 1999, 02:58:44 PM by whamontree@hotmail.com
I did not, repeat, did not need to see stock footage of a woman eating maggots out of a rotting head!
Night of the Zombies
Reply #3. Posted on May 19, 1999, 08:24:32 PM by E3916@aol.com (Ed)
I strongly disagree with your negative opinion of the movie.  I first saw NOTZ when I was in the 7th grade.  Those who cannot take the heat (gore) should get out of the kitchen (theater).  Yes, the movie was very bloody, had some obvious bloopers and was poorly dubbed, but the story was excellent.  Not once during the film did I want it to hurry up and be over.  Instead, I was silently cheering the interpol group on and was seriosly hoping they would win the day somehow.  In the end my only disappointment was that all the good guys died.  
Night of the Zombies
Reply #4. Posted on June 01, 1999, 01:55:18 PM by BLum BLum
I didn't know Night Of The Zombies was the name of this til you mentioned that part about the chick running around naked,but now it has a name.I'll be sure to look for it now so I can burn every copy in existence
Night of the Zombies
Reply #5. Posted on June 25, 1999, 12:12:32 AM by Dick Elohssa
This is the best zombie movie ever made! It dose'nt have bad acting and cheap special effects like stupid movies like Dawn Of The Dead! THIS IS A CLASSIC,A MUST SEE! GO RENT NIGHT OF THE ZOMBIES NOW!
Night of the Zombies
Reply #6. Posted on September 01, 1999, 11:39:06 PM by IvanAwesom@aol.com
This movie is really bad.  It's a ripoff of Dawn of the Dead and some of Goblin's music.  Your review made me realize how cheap the makers of this film were.  I STILL LIKED IT, THOUGH
Night of the Zombies
Reply #7. Posted on September 21, 1999, 03:18:11 AM by The Vomitstomper
As far as i know this movie is the responsibility of Joel Reed (BLOODSUCKING FREAKS), which really explains heaps about it. It's great, especially for torturing your friends (why else would you rent out many of these bad movies?)
Night of the Zombies
Reply #8. Posted on September 25, 1999, 04:17:24 PM by E1V15X78@aol.com
Actually...
Night Of The Zombies (or as it is more commonly monikered "ZOMBIE CREEPING FLESH") is one of the finest in the glut of post Dawn Of The Dead Italian copies/unofficial 'sequels' to Romeros masterwork.  
Not only does the film have a suitably bizarre storyline (dig the scene where one of the army guys - for no reason - suddenly decides to play dress up in a pair of silk panties and a skirt right before getting torn apart by the living dead...), but the soundtrack features actual outtakes from Goblins Dawn Of The Dead sessions!  Now thats dedication to your art!
This film is EXTREMELY gory in its uncut form (the Japanese print entitled, again, Zombie Creeping Flesh runs a full 15 minuites longer than any US print, and featues exploding heads, eyeballs torn out of their sockets, throats bitten out, etc etc.)  Also, there is something really f**king CREEPY about this movie.  Maybe it is the surrealistic script which throws the viewer off every ten minuites, or the ending which is truly a low budget version of the apocalypse...  This runs rings around Zombie/Zombi 2/Zombie Flesh Eaters (call it what you will), Lucio Fulci's much lauded sequel to Dawn which started off the whole craze...  Ignore the negative review!  ZOMBIE CREEPING FLESH ROCKS!
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