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Film: Hell of the Living Dead

Hell of the Living Dead, also known as Night of the Zombies or Zombie Creeping Flesh, is a 1980 zombie exploitation film by Bruno Mattei and Claudio Fragasso. In Papua New Guinea, "Hope Centers" work to help feed impoverished nations, or so they claim. Unfortunately, one of its projects, Operation Sweet Death, has a spill and causes the facility and the country to be overrun by zombies.

The film is largely known for its plagiarism of Dawn of the Dead, with characters wearing similar uniforms to the heroes of Romero's film, as well as using some of its music, although much of Hell of the Living Dead's soundtrack also came from the Alien-ripoff Contamination, which was scored by Goblin.

This film has the examples of:

  • Badass: Zantoro spends half the movies taunting zombies.
    Zantoro: *Completely surrounded by zombies* Hey you, what are you staring at? Are ya hungry?! Ah, I get it, you want a little bite outta me. What meat do ya like, drumstick? *Zombie grabs arm* A wing? *The others watch him in disbelief.* Ohhh, oh yeah, that's great, a wing eh? Well suck this! *Pull back, shoves gun into zombie's mouth, and fires.*
  • Boom, Headshot: A with most zombie films. Zantoro figures this out, and is increasingly annoyed by the lack of this, though he himself fails to make headshots when really upset.
  • Creator Cameo: Mattei and Fragasso appear as police early in the film.


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