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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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Night of the Zombies
Reply #49. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by TooManyZombies
I'd heard plenty of bad reviews, including this one, before watching this movie, and I was prepared for the worst. But when this movie ended, my only thought was 'That was awesome'. Lots of zombies, lots of gore, pointless nudity, it's everything a zombie movie should be. The stock nature footage is annoying and stupid, sure. But I'd rather watch a fox eat a rabbit than I would the director's lame attempt to make me connect with the zombiebait (Although Santoro's one of my favorite zombie movie chracters of all time.)

I'd be interested to find out how many of the people who commented have actually seen this movie. For one, THIS IS NOT A DAWN OF THE DEAD RIP-OFF. DAWN OF THE DEAD DID NOT TAKE PLACE ON A TROPICAL ISLAND, NOR DID IT INVOLVE COMMANDOS. Honestly, aside from the fact it has zombies there's almost no similarity, and if being a zombie movie makes this a DotD rip-off, well I guess that makes every movie where a character wears shoes a Wizard Of Oz clone. Secondly, the 'Arrgh, why don't they shoot them in the head?' complain is a little, well, stupid to make, since Santoro yells at them 3 or 4 times for it in the movie.

This is better than Zombi 2. Believe it.
Re: Night of the Zombies
Reply #50. Posted on November 27, 2007, 04:51:47 PM by M.G. SMITH
 This is one of my favs. I saw this flick at the a Sepulveda Drive-in, San Fernando Valley Ca. on a Triple bill with "Dawn of the Dead" and "Gates of Hell". The night I saw this flick the valley was hit by a freak super storm. Lots of flooding, Few streetlights or traficlights were working. Most of the cities were without power. Some how I got my mom to take me [I think I was 11 0r 12] by convincing her the drive-in would have a back-up generator. They did. It took 2 1/2 hours to go what would normally take 30 minutes! I remember the Rem. 870 shotgun in the back seat just in case a riot or something broke out! I grew up at So-Cal drive-in"s, and this is one movie that brings back the memories. Night of the Zombies is a"GREAT" bad movie. When the Reporter goes "NATIVE" bouncing in front of the range rover, I knew was watching a GREAT trash film. Heck! The rain stopped as so as this flick started! You can get this flick on DVD under the title; Hell of the Living Dead. If you Flip the Paper jacket over it has the U.S. Release Title "Night of the Zombies"! Way Cool!!! See this movie! and Check out "Chosen Survivors" [There's Bats in the Bomb Shelter! In the name of Bradford Dillman SAVE US!]while your at it!
Re: Night of the Zombies
Reply #51. Posted on April 22, 2008, 02:42:26 PM by Goreign
Is it me, or does this movie smack of ripoff? I saw this piece of trash when i was a kid and even then it seemed like a ripoff of Return of The Living Dead. A noxious gas turns plant workers into zombies? Eh? They talk of destroying them with fire? Anything yet? OK, well what about all the good guys biting the bullet at the end? Bruno Mattei is known for ripoffs. Just like all Italian horror directors. This movie seems like ROTLD on a tropical island. Don't bother unless you're really bored. Pass.
Re: Night of the Zombies
Reply #52. Posted on April 22, 2008, 03:58:15 PM by wtffilm
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Is it me, or does this movie smack of ripoff? I saw this piece of trash when i was a kid and even then it seemed like a ripoff of Return of The Living Dead.


Night of the Zombies (aka Hell of the Living Dead, Virus, etc.) is undoubtedly a rip-off of the majority of zombie oriented gore films to come before it (all the way down to stealing soundtrack cues from Italian prog-rock band Goblin).  But it was released in 1980, whereas Return of the Living Dead was released in 1985.

Kindest regards,

Kevin P.
http://www.wtf-film.com
Re: Night of the Zombies
Reply #53. Posted on May 09, 2008, 09:49:10 AM by JD
TooManyZombies wrote:

Quote
For one, THIS IS NOT A DAWN OF THE DEAD RIP-OFF. DAWN OF THE DEAD DID NOT TAKE PLACE ON A TROPICAL ISLAND, NOR DID IT INVOLVE COMMANDOS. Honestly, aside from the fact it has zombies there's almost no similarity, and if being a zombie movie makes this a DotD rip-off, well I guess that makes every movie where a character wears shoes a Wizard Of Oz clone.


Yes, the plot was different than Dawn (for example, in none of the Romero films it is ever clear what causes the zombies in the first place, unlike this movie, where the "culprit" -a man-made gas- is quickly established for the viewer) but it did borrow a number of other things from the Romero films: The Goblin music, the flesh-eating, the "destroy their brains in order to kill them" thing, and one sequence in the movie is even taken practically verbatim from Night of the Living Dead!!! (the scenes where the scientist explains that he was examining a cadaver with amputated limbs and it started to move.)

Goreign wrote:

Quote
Is it me, or does this movie smack of ripoff? I saw this piece of trash when i was a kid and even then it seemed like a ripoff of Return of The Living Dead. A noxious gas turns plant workers into zombies? Eh?

No, as someone else has pointed out, this movie came out several years before Return of the Living Dead. It seems some people are quick to point out the elements from previous zombie movies this film has borrowed but not point out some of the elements other zombie movies seem to have borrowed from this one. As far as I can remember (and please feel free to remind me if there is a previous example), this and Toxic Zombies (also from 1980) are the first flicks to feature chemically-induced cannibal zombies.
Re: Night of the Zombies
Reply #54. Posted on May 10, 2008, 06:56:37 AM by Andrew

Quote
Is it me, or does this movie smack of ripoff? I saw this piece of trash when i was a kid and even then it seemed like a ripoff of Return of The Living Dead. A noxious gas turns plant workers into zombies? Eh?

No, as someone else has pointed out, this movie came out several years before Return of the Living Dead. It seems some people are quick to point out the elements from previous zombie movies this film has borrowed but not point out some of the elements other zombie movies seem to have borrowed from this one. As far as I can remember (and please feel free to remind me if there is a previous example), this and Toxic Zombies (also from 1980) are the first flicks to feature chemically-induced cannibal zombies.

"Let Sleeping Corpses Lie" (1974) contains zombies created from experimental pest control measures.  They're not quite the same, but it an interesting older idea.  Also, and these really are not cannibals, I know that some of the older voodoo zombie movies involve poisons in the voodoo.
Re: Night of the Zombies
Reply #55. Posted on May 10, 2008, 03:38:43 PM by Menard
Is it me, or does this movie smack of ripoff? I saw this piece of trash when i was a kid and even then it seemed like a ripoff of Return of The Living Dead. A noxious gas turns plant workers into zombies? Eh? They talk of destroying them with fire? Anything yet? OK, well what about all the good guys biting the bullet at the end? Bruno Mattei is known for ripoffs. Just like all Italian horror directors. This movie seems like ROTLD on a tropical island. Don't bother unless you're really bored. Pass.

Quite frankly, who gives a damn if it was a ripoff of any other movie or not.

I like the Romero/Fulci type zombie movie, and this fits the mold just fine for this type of film.

If we are so damn concerned about ripoffs in horror film, or b-movies in general, then we might as well not watch any movies whatsoever as every vampire movie would then be a ripoff of Dracula, every mad scientist movie a ripoff of Frankenstein, and according to some theory out there just about every movie made has one of like 7 core plots that is just rehashed over and over again.

There is comfort in familiarity. We have our favorite foods, candy, toys, people, and we tend to gravitate that way in most things we do, including in the movies we like.

If you are looking for originality, you may want to avoid zombie movies. Include horror movies as well. Hell, you might just want to avoid movies altogether.
Re: Night of the Zombies
Reply #56. Posted on June 03, 2008, 12:55:22 AM by LoSt187
I saw this movie once many years ago when I was probably around the age of 7 or 8 and all I remembered were the boobs. For some reason I decided to go hunting for the movie that contained those funbags, and I'm glad I found it. But based on your comments I'm not sure if I want to watch it. Actually it can't be any worse than that movie I saw of Jesus fighting lesbian vampires in mid 90s LA. I'm gonna take a look, and thank you for reconnecting me with my pre-adolescent memories of bouncing tits.
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