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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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Playing keep away with the zombies.

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Night of the Zombies
Reply #9. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by jmc
This is like cinematic junk food.  I know it's bad for me, but I watch it anyway.  I've seen NOTZ about four times through the years--I usually watch it every four or five years when I forget how bad a movie can be.  And now I own the DVD, which is actually one of the better horror DVDs I've seen recently, maybe because the people who put it together make it clear that they don't think this is a good movie.  I have a fondness for NOTZ I can't explain--maybe it's the way the idiots continue to take body shots at the zombies even after being told to aim for the head, or the way some of the scientists wear protective masks, but no gloves of any kind, or maybe it's the stock footage that takes up about half the film's 100-minute [!] running time.  

I like NOTZ better than Dead Alive, which I hated [it was more like a Monty Python sketch than a real horror movie.]  
I think the attempts at social commentary in NOTZ were probably no worse than George Romero's fumbling attempts in DAWN.  The plot is probably not any worse than some of Fulci's stuff.  And CITY OF THE WALKING DEAD isn't a decent zombie movie, they use guns and knives!  Don't cry, NIGHT OF THE ZOMBIES!  There's at least one person out here who loves you just the way you are!

But I'm still chortling over the Bruno Mattei interview on the DVD where he says that the stock footage "worked great."  
Night of the Zombies
Reply #10. Posted on December 01, 1999, 11:54:55 AM by Paul Westbrook
Seen one zombie flick, then you have seen them all. How many more living dead type films can Hollywood make? The makeup used in this film was effective enough. Of course, the plot is very thin, but what do you expect from these type of movies? For other zombie thrills, see Oasis of the Zombies, Zombie Lake, White Zombie. Heck, even see King of the Zombies. How about Revenge of the Welfare Zombies, a rare gem made in Brantford, Ontario. Where the people are more frightening than any zombie film preceeding it.
Night of the Zombies
Reply #11. Posted on January 16, 2000, 10:18:08 AM by AaronZombie@AOL.COM
NOTZ is one of the better italian zombie/gore flicks of the 80's.The dubbing is bad I agree,but the effects and story are pretty cool...and definately better than Dawn of the Dead.Don't get me wrong, I liked "Dawn",but it wasn't what I was expecting.Good story,and effects,***out of *****.
Night of the Zombies
Reply #12. Posted on January 22, 2000, 08:59:42 PM by Forrest
I was thrown off at first, between the obvious "Italian-ness" of the flick and the ripped Dawn of the Dead music, I thought "This can't be half bad." Oh man, I want two hours of my life back. When they got to the powerplant and became soilent green I was cheering.
Night of the Zombies
Reply #13. Posted on May 22, 2000, 09:44:32 PM by
Disco music uhhh what... thats Goblin (did the soundtracks for the most of Dario Argento's movies etc). "Night of the zombies" has some of the same exact songs that were played in "Dawn of the Dead." originally titled "Hell of the Living Dead" its not really that bad there are tons of worse zombie flicks then this by far. You really have to like zombie flims to enjoy this movie. I woud give it 6 out of 10 stars.
Night of the Zombies
Reply #14. Posted on May 25, 2000, 09:03:25 AM by Thundercracker
The Goblins have done a lot of crappy Italian flick music.  They also did the soundtrack for the non-Zombie pile of crap called Buried Alive.  Unless you REALLY love Italian cinema, run away from that movie.
Night of the Zombies
Reply #15. Posted on June 09, 2000, 06:07:19 PM by sickbaguk
Jesus, why bother with having a f**ked up nuclear/chemical reactor to create millions of undead....go watch this film and it will do the same thing at a fraction of the cost!

Yeah, this is a pants film, even the Jap print I was fortunate enough to see along with all the extra gore shots, didn't help matters along.

BUT it doesn't deserve the Big Fat Zero Badmovies, seems to think it deserves. When one considers the budget of this film you have to make allowances. In anycase I personally think it stands head & shoulders above Argentos over-rated and totally s**te Susperia and all the other crap he's produced ever since (Demons excluded)

NOTZ is a film with no irony but loads of cheap style. If you managed to watch the entire film it can't be all that bad, can it!

Night of the Zombies
Reply #16. Posted on June 11, 2000, 11:03:00 PM by Simon
Wow.  I had no idea there were herds of ELEPHANTS in New Guinea!  :)
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