Revolt of the
Directed by Victor
of the Zombies is a lacklustre and rather pointless film
from 1936. Somebody decided that they wanted to make a film about
zombies and they did, throwing together any kind of plot that they
could just as long as they could use it to get the zombies into the
film. If you go your whole life without having to sit through this
film, don't worry. You have not missed much. If you still have that
nagging feeling that you might enjoy it, though, you can watch it lower
down the page. What's it about? Okay, here we go . . . .
During the first World War an oriental priest is imprisoned to prevent
his secrets from falling into the wrong hands. His secret knowledge is,
of course, how to make zombies; and he has
already demonstrated his incredible zombie-making skills by
creating a platoon of zombie soldiers. Unfortunately for this master of
all things zombie somebody sticks a knife in his back while he is busy
praying in his cell. Not being a zombie himself, the poor zombie master
bites the dust and his secret dies with him.
After the war an expedition representing the
interests of the allied countries is sent to the dead priest's homeland
to try and find his secret and supposedly destroy it.
Needless to say, somebody does discover the secret and uses it to their
own advantage. The result? Lots and lots of zombies and lots and lots
So that's the basic story: a quest for that all elusive formulae for
making zombies. There is also a little bit of a love story thrown into
the mix and someone is used and abused, gets tossed asside, and gets
bitter about it. That's it really. Pretty boring stuff.
Now a little bit of trivia about the film. Footage of Bela Lugosi's
eyes was used for the close-ups of the zombie master's eyes. The
sequence used was stolen from the film White
Zombie, which is a much better film.
Stone ... Claire Duval
... Armand Louque
... Col. Mazovia
... Clifford Grayson
George Cleveland ... Gen. Duval
E. Alyn Warren
... Dr. Trevissant
... Ignacio MacDonald
William Crowell ...
... Gen. von Schelling
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