Day 25 – You’re about to find out what happens when you don’t Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (1974)

aka The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue and literally over a dozen other titles – they kept re-releasing this under different names throughout the 70s and 80s. (BTW the original Italian title translates to “Do Not Profane the Sleep of the Dead” which is my favorite of all the titles.) It’s weird to think that, despite the success of George Romero’s original Night og the Living Dead in 1968, it would be another twenty years until zombie movies became relatively common and another twenty after that until they were frickin’ everywhere. In the years between NOTLD and it’s sequel Dawn of the Dead there were less than a handful of similar movies, of which this is probably the best (and still in the ranks of top-flight zombie horror). Basically the plot is that some environmental monkeyshines are causing the dead to arise and shamble about hungrily. But you could see that coming. What we get here is some solid suspense as characters are pursued slowly by the ravenous deadators while screaming in dubbed English. If you like this sort of thing, then this is the sort of thing you like!

The print is solid and pretty clear. Enjoy!

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