The Plague of the Zombies (1966) 1 brain1 brain1 brain

Alternate Titles:

The Zombies

The Plague of the Zombies is a solid entry in traditional zombie films. The inhabitants of a small English village are dying of a mysterious plague, and the local doctor, Peter Tompson (Brook Williams), writes to his old mentor and asks him to come and take a look. The mentor, Sir James Forbes (André Morell), brings his daughter Sylvia along to visit Tompson and his wife.

Upon arriving in town, Forbes and his daughter witness the funeral of the latest plague victim. Cronies of the local squire, riding through on horseback, cause the carried coffin to slip and fall, exposing the dead man's face. The townsfolk are not only fed up with the cronies, they are also blaming Tompson for not finding the cure to the plague, even though his wife appears to be suffering from the same malady.

Things start to get weird when Sylvia thinks she sees the dead man walking around again on the moors. (Well, they get weird before that, but I don't want to give away too much.) Forbes, Sylvia, and Tompson begin to piece things together, racing before the "plague" can claim another victim.

The zombies in this film are of the traditional voodoo type, appearing to die and being taken again from the grave. Although light on the action, the film is suspenseful and well written as the heroes try and figure out what is going on. Another thing I liked about this film is that the main protagonist, Sir James Forbes, is not your typical horror movie hero. He makes up for in astuteness and cunning what he lacks in youth and vigor, although he handles himself well enough in a fight, too. This was a Hammer film, so I guess that is not too surprising, since they seem to have a predilection for more seasoned opponents of evil.

Watch this one if you see it on the shelf; it's one of the last good voodoo zombie movies before Night of the Living Dead comes along and changes everything.