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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.

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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.
  • 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 

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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Reply #17. Posted on August 14, 2000, 03:45:49 PM by Joey Howell
 Dude, this one sucks! Not even the uncut versions decent gore FX could save this! Hell, it should be called "The Geographic Dead", due to its obsession in stock footage. Still, it's not the worse, but its one of the worst.
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Reply #18. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Scott
Wow! With all of these positive and negative reviews, I'm really glad I bought the movie. That's right, I actually found a copy for sale! W000T!

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Reply #19. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Bandit Chris
Just to clear up any confusion on this movie:

Buno Mattei's "Night of the Zombies" was also distributed by a variety of other distributors under a plethora of alternate titles such as:
* Virus
* Hell of the Living Dead
* Zombies of the Savannah
* Zombie Creeping Flesh [UK]
* Die Holle der Lebenden Toten [German]
* Apocalypsis Canibal
* Virus Cannibale
and about a half-a-dozen others........................
The same goes for virtually every-other European horror/exploitation movie, with the worst 'offender' being Antonio Margheriti's "Cannibal Apocalypse", which can be found under about 15 or so other titled versions, namely the "Invasion of the Flesh Hunters" copy which was released by the Vestron, which was the same label that distributed "Night of the Zombies" in North America, along with the Creature Features copy...........
Anyhow, for anyone wishing to do so, I pesonally wouldnt advise ditching [aka. throwing out] any older vhs copies of horror movies from Vestron Video, Wizard Video, Lighting Video etc for the newer DVD copies from Anchor Bay, because to 'true' horror-enthusiasts these are the 'true' collectors-items to seek out and bag............

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Reply #20. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Jamie
Before I knew who Romero was I knew the name Vincent Dawn. I saw this when I was ten and well... Hell of the Living Dead started my journey into zombie films so I can't very well badmouth it. Sure, as I got older and realized the dubbing was awful and the stock footage took away rather than enhanced the film. I guess I'm screwed up because I saw Mattei's film and then saw Dawn of the Dead later as well as Night. I'm forever ruined on zombie films as I saw most of the Italian stuff first.
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Reply #21. Posted on October 02, 2000, 07:01:06 PM by Viceroy
Whoever thought this movie was even remotely good is sub-human.  It should be used as punishment for our world's criminals.  Force them to watch this movie 3 or 4 times and we won't need capital punishment, they'll kill themselves.  
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Reply #22. Posted on October 02, 2000, 07:13:03 PM by Trot_to_Trotsky
How the DIEW got into NOTZ:

Foley artist) Whoops! Sorry about that. I must've stepped on a cat...

Director) It's ok...nobody will notice.

Foley artist) You sure? I could take that right out...

Director) You're fired.

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Reply #23. Posted on October 03, 2000, 12:31:48 PM by Numbskull
As a fan of genre films, I must say that NOTZ is an easy contender for the worst film ever CONCEIVED, let alone MADE.  Blantant rip-off of DotD, with some of the dumbest, most unlikable characters ever put on film.  Also extremely depressing--one could be hating life for a long time after seeing this terrible exercise in filmmaking.  Bruno Mattei has to be one of the most worthless, piece-of-s**t directors of all time.
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Reply #24. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by The Undead Poet
Night of the Zombies is the film of the year. The overall plot, if any is still unclear. There's mutilation, and death, to add to the gore. To some horror addicts, this can still be a bore. So if you seek flesh eating mayhem, here's some of the best. Rent Night of the Zombies it'll rip your heart from your chest.                    
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