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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.


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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 Alice 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.
  • The Living Dead: After Zombie!John Martinus kills Alice and throws her down the hillside, she blinks when Sylvia picks her up. She is also visibly breathing on the examination table after Sir James and her husband have dug her up from her grave. (This is before she became zombified.)
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  • 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.
  • 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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