Le Notti del Terrore (1980) 1 brain1 brain1 brain

Alternate Titles:

Burial Ground
Burial Ground: The Nights of Terror
Night of Terror
Zombie 3: Le Notti del Terrore
The Zombie Dead
Zombie Horror

Le Notti del Terrore was released in the US under the name "Burial Ground: The Nights of Terror," which is the title that I saw it under. This was a good, solid, campy zombie film, on top of which it gets my Zombie Oscar for Creepiest Zombie Ever. The story is about three couples and a boy at a country estate who are (of course) attacked by zombies. The "boy" (played by short 25 year old actor Peter Bark) is the son of one of the women and has developed incestuous feelings after seeing his mother fooling around with one too many men. He looks creepy from the start, since it looks like someone put a man's head on a boy's body, and then there's that whole incest thing. I don't think I'm giving away too much if I mention that he eventually becomes a zombie, and thus even creepier.

The makeup on the zombies in this movie is pretty good: much more detailed than your average extras with greenish-white face paint and some blood splashed on them. The astute film watcher will notice some inconsistencies, like zombies where pretty much everything has rotted except a single eye, but these can be overlooked. The zombies in this film are pretty smart; for example, instead of beating on locked doors with their hands, they actually go and get axes. The people in the film don't make too many dumb mistakes, although they show the usual propensity for splitting up.

The movie is fun, campy, and weird, and although it's not one of the best I've seen, it's a definitely a recommendation.

On a side note, the Internet Movie Database lists an alternate title for this film as "Zombie 3", not to be confused with Zombi 3, started by Lucio Fulci and finished by Bruno Mattei. I suppose it is possibly part of the series that includes Inferno dei Morti-Viventi, which is also listed as Zombi 5, but since they were only a year apart and had different directors, I don't think it's likely.