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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 #33. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Mike ( friend of Ty)
well, all i can say is "ouch." as i am positive that just by watching this movie i have taken a solid 2 years off my life. But like the creator of this site said (somewhere) "no-one ever said it was a healthy habbit" and i have to agree. i had just seen "galaxy invaider" before this and last weekend saw "Billy the Kid vs. Dracula" so anyway...this movie is the cruise missle that broke the camels back, I think im taking a week off. ( plus the movie was my idea, not Roberts)
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Reply #34. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Ty
Not only do I want to murder the writer, the director, the editor, hell, everyone responsible for this movie (except the chick), but I will personally strangle all of you who like this movie!!! What it wrong with you?!  NotZ is the worst movie ever made.  EVER.  My friends and I watched it for s**ts and giggles, but twenty minutes into the movie, I felt like killing my friend Robert, because it was his idea.  What I've learned:  Italian people are all retarded (even hot painted chicks).
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Reply #35. Posted on August 04, 2002, 09:31:25 PM by Steph
I liked the movie and I agree with Ed it was a shame all the good guys got killed in the end. I wished all of them survived and won the battle. I plan to purchase the movie on DVD . Well Mike London , Osbourne, Vincent , Zantoro , Max , and Lia better luck next time it is a shame you lost the battle in the end I was on your side.
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Reply #36. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by The_Angry_Magician
Hell of the Living Dead (AKA: NIght of the Zombies, Virus) is one of the greatest of all zombie movies and one of the most entertaining. The only reason why any of you hate this movie is because of the 'supposed' rip-offs Bruno Mattei took from Romero's Dawn of the Dead and put into this movie. All of you are too hung-over for your love of Dawn of the Dead to give Hotld any kind of commendation. I wish for once you morons would get your facts straight when complaining about this movie. The only 'rip-offs' Mattei used from Dawn of the Dead for this movie are "some" of Goblin's score for DotD; when I say some, I mean Mattei only used a small piece from that score, but because it is one of the most recognizable pieces from DotD all of you naturally assume he ripped the entire musical score from DotD, which is the stupidest s**t that I hear most.

The other thing Bruno used from DotD is making all of the main characters in HotlD reporters and swat team members, and in the latter the characters wear identical uniforms as the swat members from DotD. That's all Mattei supposedly stole from Dawn of the Dead; oh, if you want to include the opening terrorist raid you can, but they are both entirely different. Besides these "Rip-Offs" you dumbasses keep complaining about, the rest of this movie is very original. I dont know of what other zombie movie was made before where the plot has a chemical research plant that has a gas leak and a team of commandos are sent to New Guinea to find out what the Hell is up. And this is one of my favourite reasons for zombie plaques, "Chemical gas/Nuclear Meltdowns".

Another inconsistency that derails you idiots' complaints that Mattei stole the score from DotD is the fact that Mattei didn't just use music from DotD, he used music from many other movies Goblin scored music for. There's also the story of how Mattei gained rights for using Goblin's music before DotD was even made. I dont know if this is true or not, but because this movie is being allowed print in the US today, I'd say the legality is in Bruno's favor. Lets see, more complaints? Oh yeah, "Bad Dubbing"! Okay, in what foreign horror movie of the time was the dubbing ever good? "Bad Acting"? While the dubbing is somewhat bad in this movie, and the voices are probably not those of the actors in the movie, I'd say the actors actually did a good job of portraying their roles soley by reading the expressions on their faces.

Then there's the stock footage! WHO GIVES A s**t! So what, the director didn't have the money so decided to plug in documentary film. In the new DvD version of Hotld the stock footage is hardly noticeable; besides, this is what I've always liked about this movie. The stock footage adds eeriness to it.

It could be me. It could be because I watched this movie before Dawn of the Dead and saw it at a young age. That could be why I love it so much. But I have placed myself in the shoes of others and pretend that I never saw this movie, but I can still not see why anyone hates it so much.

P.S. for those of you hoping you can burn every copy of this movie in existence, it'll never happen baby!
Night of the Zombies
Reply #37. Posted on December 29, 2002, 11:16:47 PM by bluedragon2999
Amung the worst movies that I have ever seen. The movie was so painful that I thought of suicied during it and then turned homocidal toward everyone involved with the film.
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Reply #38. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Riff
Your right, pure shyte! Bad acting, directing (whats up with all those wildlife shots anyways?), script and special effects (although there were a few cool looking zombies). I hoped that all the characters would die, and they did, yay! This movie made "The Video Dead" look like "Night of the Liveing Dead". Stick to "Zombi 2" and "Dawn od the Dead".

A skull
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Reply #39. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Bandit Chris
I own the original copy released from Vestron Video (one of my old fav vid labels, who released other cool horror flicks such as THE MUTILATOR, PIECES and HOUSE ON THE EDGE OF THE PARK), and I must say I have enjoyed this film, it excretes bad charm all over the place. This is just one of those  film where you gotta check your brain at the door and just go along with the ride

fav gore scene(s)
- The killing in the elevator shaft  of Zantoro & Max, Lia's "eyepoping" demise and the elimination of the two necking lovers near the  park bridge at the end (Fairly brutal stuff, courtesy  of FX guy Giusseppe Ferrantini)

Movies that had music "lifted" for this movie:
- Joe D'Amato's "Beyond the Darkness", Luigi Cozzi's "Toxic Spawn" and of course Romero's "Dawn of the Dead".

PS. Bruno Mattei also re-used all of "Beyond the Darkness's" soundtrack on his other film L'Altro Inferno (aka. THE OTHER HELL)
Night of the Zombies
Reply #40. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Blackeneth
I saw this movie when I was in high school. At the time, it was advertised as "so shocking" that "absolutely no one under 18 will be admitted." So two friends and I, all around 16, had absolutely no trouble getting in at a local dive theater (which was notorious for sticky floors).

I must say it was one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. Tears were rolling down my face I was laughing so hard. My friends were laughing too. This seemed to really creep out the few other people in the theater--more so that the movie. Got more than a few head turns with looks of, "I can't believe you find this funny." I recall especially liking the scene where the zombie child takes two rounds from a 45 caliber pistol in the chest and keeps on coming--until being taken out with a head shot.

When the movie was over, we were the only ones left in the theater.  

Highly recommended! Not that it was supposed to be a comedy . . .
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