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Film / The Plague of the Zombies

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A Hammer Horror film from 1966, directed by John Gilling.

Mysterious deaths are happening around a small village in Cornwall. Local physician Dr. Peter Thompson (Brook Williams) writes a letter about this to his mentor, Sir James Forbes (André Morell). Dr. Thompson's wife Alice (Jacqueline Pearce) happens to be a friend of Sir James's daughter Sylvia (Diane Clare), and she convinces them to pay a visit. After they arrive, they uncover a plot involving the use of zombified people as labor for a closed tin mine.


This film provides examples of:

  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Hamilton.
  • Catapult Nightmare: Dr. Thompson waking up from his nightmare.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: When Hamilton's men snatch Sylvia and attempt to have "fun" with her, Hamilton halts them and lets her leave his house untouched. He still tries to turn her into a zombie, though.
  • Eye Awaken: Done when Sylvia becomes a zombie.
  • Grave Robbing: Because local superstitions keeps Dr. Thompson from performing a proper autopsy, he and Sir James have to resort to robbing a grave in an attempt to perform one.
  • Hollywood Voodoo: Zombies controlled by voodoo dolls.
  • Improvised Weapon: When Sir James attacked by one of Hamilton's men, he defends himself with a candlestick.
  • Man on Fire: When the voodoo dolls controlling the zombies catch fire, so do they.
  • The Power of Blood: Blood is an essential part of turning someone into a zombie.
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  • Rise from Your Grave: After witnessing Alice's second death, Dr. Thompson faints and has a nightmare where he sees the dead rising from their graves.
  • Secret Path: Hidden door in Hamilton's study leads to the caverns under his house.
  • Shovel Strike: When zombified Alice closes in on Sir James, he decapitates her with a shovel.
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