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Revolt of the Zombies(1936)

Public Domain: Revolt of the Zombies (1936)

Directed by Victor Halperin

Revolt 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 of trouble.

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.

CAST

 Dorothy Stone    ...  Claire Duval
 Dean Jagger        ...  Armand Louque

 Roy D'Arcy         ...  Col. Mazovia
 Robert Noland     ...  Clifford Grayson
 George Cleveland ...  Gen. Duval
 E. Alyn Warren     ...  Dr. Trevissant

 Carl Stockdale      ...  Ignacio MacDonald
 William Crowell    ...  Priest Tsiang

 Teru Shimada        ...  Buna
 Adolph Milar         ...  Gen. von Schelling

 Sana Rayya            ...  Dancer

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