Vengeance of the Zombies
Vengeance of the Zombies (Spanish: La rebelión de las muertas) is a 1973 horror film directed by León Klimovsky and starring Paul Naschy. The original Spanish title translates as Rebellion of the Dead Women, or simply Rebellion of the Dead.
|Vengeance of the Zombies|
|Directed by||León Klimovsky|
|Produced by||Jose Antonio Perez Giner|
|Written by||Paul Naschy|
|Music by||Juan Carlos Calderón|
|Edited by||Antonio Ramírez de Loaysa|
In this zombie horror film, a mysterious man rampages throughout England killing unsuspecting women. Each time a victim is murdered, they are brought back to life by an East Indian named Kantaka to join his army of zombies.
The film was released theatrically in its native Spain in 1973. After an initial release in America under the title Vengeance of the Zombies, it was famously rereleased a few years later under the title Walk of the Dead, with distributor Independent Artists adding a "Shock Notice" gimmick where red warning flashes preceded each gory murder. It was reviewed as a "Dog of the Week" by Roger Ebert on Sneak Previews under that latter release version in the fall of 1980.
All Seasons Entertainment released the film on VHS in the United States in the 1980s in its original Vengeance edit, while Vogue Video in Canada released it in the altered Walk of the Dead edit with the warning texts. Deimos Entertainment, a subdivision of BCI Eclipse, released a special edition DVD in 2007.
Steve Barton of Dread Central rated it 4/5 stars and wrote, "Sexy, erotic, scary, and disturbing, Vengeance of the Zombies has it all!" Bloody Disgusting rated it 4/5 stars and wrote, "Vengeance of the Zombies is an exemplary reason as to why we should celebrate forgotten films. The film manages to play off of its unoriginality in the most entertaining way possible, catering to fans of deliciously cheesy cinema." Adam Tyner of DVD Talk wrote, "Naschy likened the movie to a drug-induced nightmare in his autobiography, and it's every bit as odd and incoherent as that suggests." Rafael Gamboa of DVD Verdict called it enjoyably bad. Writing in The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia, academic Peter Dendle called it "a plodding and unengaging zombie mystery".
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