Category Archives: Horror: Living Dead

Films dealing with the Undead in their many splendored forms. Slashers need to find themselves another crypt. Or category. Whichever is most convenient.

Curse of the Faceless Man

Date:
1958
Stars:
Richard Anderson

Elaine Edwards

Adele Mara
Writer:
Jerome Bixby
Director:
Edward L. Cahn
WRC Score:
1.5/4
Note: 
First posted in a
different form on
September 6, 2013

The Curse of the Faceless Man isn’t just that he survived the eruption of a volcano.  Nor is it surviving being encased in molten ash.  Nor, really, is it living buried alive until the late fifties, where he gets freed to walk the Earth looking for the exact image of his lost love.

No, it’s being trapped in a scatter shot Mummy Plot, complete with a metric ton of narration and mediocre acting.

Which really sucks, as the core idea is rather interesting.

Ah well.

With all its problems, Curse of the Faceless Man doesn’t quite make mediocre (0.5 points).  about the kindness I can be to it is say it’s inoffensive, pointless, and justifiably obscure.

Which sounds like I’m being nasty, but really, it’s just the truth.  I’ve seen it.  It makes me neither sad nor mad nor glad. (1 point).

And that’s the real curse on the Faceless Man.

Overall Score: 1.5 total point out of a possible 4

Le lac des morts vivants

Date:
1981
Stars:
Howard Vernon

Pierre-Marie Escourrou

Anouchka
Writer:
Jesús Franco
Director:
Jean Rollins
WRC Score:
0.5/4

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Note: 
First posted in a
different form on
February 22, 2013

Men in bad green face paint pretend to come out of a lake to dribble fake blood on–

Wait.  I was supposed to be taking this flick seriously?  Really?  Have you seen–

Huh.

Okay, then.  Undead soldiers play hob upon the populace of a small town in Le lac des morts vivants (also known as Zombie Lake.)

Now in the interest of fairness (and we all want to be fair here),  I’ve seen worse Zombie movies in my life.  I think.  Names aren’t springing readily to mind.  But I’m sure sooner or later they’ll come.

Of course, that’s assuming you can call Le lac des morts vivants a Zombie movie.  The name doesn’t quite pop up and they don’t quite act the way you expect a Zombie would.

Then again, you can pretty much say that about everyone else in this flick. Le lac des morts vivants is a terrible, terrible movie.  Acting, plot, script, make up, you name it, they muck it up.   About all it has going for it is that it is sheer awful (0 points).

Le lac des morts vivants might make a decent night’s riffing for some, but I found it too dull myself (0.5 points). I don’t recommend you watching it, but you know you best.

It’ll help if you watch the nudity packed version. You’ll know which one you’re watching soon enough to bail, if need be…

Overall Score: 0.5 total point out of a possible 4 (-_-)p

Dead Men Walk

Date:
1943
Stars:
George Zucco

Mary Carlisle

Nedrick Young
Writer:
Fred Myton
Director:
Sam Newfield
WRC Score:
3/4
Note: 
First posted in a
different form on
June 23, 2012

A truly evil man dies. But, as the title Dead Men Walk suggests, this doesn’t slow him down much.  Soon enough he’s  back as a Vampire, seeking vengeance against his murderer.

Dead Men Walk happens to be one of the best Poverty Row Horror flicks I’ve ever seen.  It also might well belong with the best of Forties Horror.

Even with that said, this is a Vampire movie, more or less in the Traditional mode.  A very good Vampire movie (1.5 points), but if you’ve seen one, you’ll know the beats as they come.

Still, I had fun watching the movie (1.5 points).  George Zucco is well worth watching any time, and here he gets to play both the vampire and the vampire’s twin.  Though he seems to be enjoying the vampire role more…

Anyways, if you’re a fan of Vampires that don’t sparkle in the daytime, you might find this worth your time.

Overall Score: 3 total point out of a possible 4

Pharaoh’s Curse

Date:
1957
Stars:
Mark Dana

Ziva Rodann

Diane Brewster
Writer:
Richard H. Landau
Director:
Lee Sholem
WRC Score:
2.5/4
Note: 
First posted in a
different form on
March 31, 2012

Pharaoh’s Curse tells the tale of a wife trying to be reunited with her husband explorer in a war-torn Egypt.  When she gets there (finally, after a long stretch) she finds that he’s gone and cause the titular happenstance to happen.

One of the great joys of Movie Watching is discovering a seldom seen movie.  This happens to be one of them.  Never even heard of it before stumbling over it at a streaming service.

It seemed quite strange, as Pharaoh’s Curse had an interesting premise (a mummy movie with no mummy?  A vampire movie without an actual vampire?).  Watching it, I found nothing wrong with the acting.  And about 2/3 of the script was decent enough.

Unfortunately it happens to be the last 2/3.  The first 1/3  meanders pointlessly, wasting considerable time and good will.   Worse though, is the lackluster climax, of which I can say no more about.

So instead of a forgotten gem I found a forgotten flick, really no better or worse than its contemporaries (1 point).  Still, for all of its flaws, I kind of liked it (1.5 points).  Give it a watch when you’re in the mood for Fifties horror, but have seen all the good ‘uns.

Overall Score: 2.5 total point out of a possible 4

La tumba de los muertos vivientes

Opening Thoughts

Also Called:
Oasis of the Zombies

Treasure of the Living Dead

Oasis of the Living Dead

Date:
1983
Stars:
Manuel Gélin

Henri Lambery

France Lomay
Writer:
Jesús Franco
Director:
Jesús Franco
WRC Score:
2/4

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Note: 
First posted in a
different form on
July 6, 2011

A little history here.

La tumba de los muertos vivientes/Oasis of the Zombies (or Treasure of the Living Dead, or Oasis of the Living Dead, or whatever you want to call it) marks the first time I (knowingly) watched a Jesús Franco. As such, I’m going to leave it alone for the most part for its part in the reboot.

Ha ha, just kidding; I reworked the whole thing to spite myself. Oh unnecessary work, will you never lose your appeal?

Anyway. First time through, the IMDB had two listings with different names and I didn’t want to hassle with putting name to actor. Now that it’s been straightened out, I’m willing to do the work.

Might as well as I’m doing extra time here…

The reason for the multiple listings is, no doubt, because of there being multiple versions of the film. Not as many as our previous subject, just two, but that can be enough. Especially on the internet.

For the record, this series covers the French version.

On the next page we being our journey across the sands to a land of undead horrors. Big smiles all around.

La tumba de los muertos vivientes

Also Called:
Oasis of the Zombies

Treasure of the Living Dead

Oasis of the Living Dead

Date:
1983
Stars:
Manuel Gélin

Henri Lambery

France Lomay
Writer:
Jesús Franco
Director:
Jesús Franco
WRC Score:
2/4

(-_-)p
Note: 
First posted in a
different form on
July 6, 2011

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La tumba de los muertos vivientes (also known as Oasis of the Zombies, Treasure of the Living Dead, Oasis of the Living Dead, or whatever you want to call) is your typical coming of age film.  A young man heads out to an oasis to find his father’s lost treasure.  To go into what he finds there would go into spoiler country, but I’ll give you a hint:  It’s sand.  Lots of sand.  With palm trees.

Oh.  And there might be, might be I said, a few zombies too.

Funny how hard it is to keep spoiler free.  Especially with this flick.  While La tumba de los muertos vivientes does have itself a plot, problematic though it may, its sometimes hard to tell.  So many scenes of people wandering about, coupled with repeated scenes.   Not helping are the cardboard (though mostly inoffensive) characters.

Due to this and special effects range from goofy to tragic, this flick can only be called bad.  Others may disagree–they might even use words like terrible–but honestly?   I’ve seen much, much worse than this.  And have the mental scars to prove it.

In fact, and I’m a little embarrassed to say this, I really started enjoying myself as the film went along.  This review comes from my second time watching this film, and unlike the first time, where my opinion dropped on reflection, I find my fondness for this flick growing (1.5 points).  I know it’s bad, sure as shooting, but I enjoyed myself.

God is my taste slipping with age.

You may watch it as you wish, but I’m NOT RECOMMENDING it.

Score: 2.5 points out of a possible 4 (-_-) p

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