The Plague of the Zombies (1966) (Blu-ray Review)
DIRECTED BY: John Gilling
STARRING: André Morell, Diane Clare, Brook Williams
RATED: R/REGION A/1:75/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Scream Factory
In a remote nineteenth-century Cornish village, an evil presence lurks within the darkness of the witching hour. A mysterious plague relentlessly consumes lives at an unstoppable rate. Unable to find the cause, Dr. Peter Tompson enlists the help of his mentor, Sir James Forbes. Desperate to find an antidote, they instead find inexplicable horror: empty coffins with the diseased corpses missing! Following a series of strange and frightening clues, they discover a deserted mine where they discover a world of black magic and a doomed legion.
People and kicking the bucket and now we have some coming back from the head in the old school Hammer movie, The Plague of the Zombies! In typical Hammer fashion here we have a classy setup for the film and we have a classy movie in general. But also like most Hammer movies I’ve seen it feels this one never does get things really cooking until the latter part of the film. Now I’m pretty big on pace and I know this movie is trying really hard to get everything set up just right, but there was a time while watching this that I just wanted to get to the zombies and I feel the movie is only really at its best when those darn zombies are on the screen.
So when the zombies do arrive things get cooking and the movie does manage to then jump over into some pretty eerie stuff! These zombies look really cool and are unlike most that you’ve probably seen and I can really appreciate that. I also think the cult in the film is a nice touch as well. You also will have to hand it to Scream Factory for making the movie look as nice as it does here in HD. This will be a must own for any hardcore Hammer fans that are out to get all those movies in top quality. But as for myself, I was a little bored at times and really only got into the movie during the last act. I think it’s a good once over movie, but I’m not sure its something I’ll go back to often.
– NEW Audio Commentary with filmmaker Constantine Nasr and author/film historian Steve Haberman
– NEW Audio Commentary with author/film historian Troy Howarth
– NEW Restored Audio
– World of Hammer – Mummies, Werewolves & The Living Dead
– Raising the Dead: The Making of The Plague of the Zombies
– Restoration Comparison
– Theatrical Trailers
– Still Gallery
– Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature
Quality of Transfer: 93%