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The Plague Of The Zombies Blu-ray Review

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“The Plague Of The Zombies” has its moments.

Set in Cornwall in the late 1800’s, “The Plague Of The Zombies” involves a village being plagued by a killer disease…allegedly. Needing help to figure out what is going on, Dr. Peter Tompson calls upon his friend James who decides to venture to the village (along with his daughter) to get the bottom of the crisis. As Peter and James begin to investigate, they discover that the mysterious Squire Hamilton may be behind the deaths and the dead themselves may be rising from the grave, but for what purpose?

From a historical perspective, “The Plague Of The Zombies” is somewhat of a curiosity in that it’s a pre “Night of the Living Dead” zombie film. While light on zombies and zombie action, the story does utilize the voodoo zombie story element (even if it’s a bit shoehorned in). Outside of that, ‘Plague’ isn’t one of the more memorable Hammer Horror films as it’s a slow-burn story that feels drug out to say the least. The story is anchored by two strong lead performances in Andre Morell as the grouchy hero James and John Carson as the suitably creepy villain of the piece Squire Hamilton. Together these two actors do their best to overcome Peter Bryan’s dry and lackluster script which is in need of stronger characterization and a better plotline that does more with the zombies (the tin min angle was lazy).

One thing ‘Plague’ does have going for it is fairly strong production values (especially for the time). The location shooting is wonderful, the sets are solid, and the makeup and visual FX work is commendable despite being obviously dated.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.66:1 1080p. How does it look? A stunning transfer that offers up rich colors. The movie honestly looks brand new.

Audio Track: DTS-HD MA Mono. How does it sound? From the opening drums to the dialogue, this track delivers.

Extras:

* Still gallery
* Trailers for “The Plague of the Zombies”
* A restoration comparison
* “Raising The Dead- The Making of The Plague of the Zombies” contains a wide range of interviews, film clips, discussions about the film and Hammer, stills, and more.
* “World of Hammer- Mummies, Werewolves and The Living Dead”- An old school 25 minute special about Hammer narrated by Oliver Reed.
* 2 commentaries. One by Constantine Nasr (a director) and Steve Haberman (a film historian) and the other by author Troy Howarth.

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February 5, 2019 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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