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Includes:
A chronologIcAl guIde with revIews and synopses of every mAjor zombIe fIlm

IntervIews with famous Actors, fIlmmAkers, and technIcIAns
hundreds of rAre stIlls, lobby cArds, and posters

and much more

GLENN KAY
FOREWORD BY STUART GORDON

“The definitive guide to zombie movies. Rated and reviewed, decade by decade,
for the reader’s convenience. A must-read for all zombie scholars!”

—Dan O’Bannon, director, The Return of the Living Dead

film

Zombie Movies is an essential purchase for all those who love (or fear) horror cinema’s most popular
and terrifying creation. This thorough and authoritative yet uproarious guide

Reviews and rates nearly 300 zombie films—from Bela Lugosi’s White Zombie
(1932) to George A. Romero’s Diary of the Dead (2008)

Traces the evolution of the zombie over the decades, from voodoo slave to brain-
eating undead to raging infected

Lays out what makes a zombie a zombie, as opposed to a ghost, ghoul, vampire,
mummy, pod person, rabid sicko, or Frankenstein’s monster

Includes a detailed and chilling journal from the filming of Land of the Dead

Lists the oddest and most gruesome things ever seen in undead cinema

Covers not only mainstream American movies but also small independent
productions, Spanish and Italian exploitation pictures, and bizarre offerings from
Japan and Hong Kong

Provides a detailed rundown of the 25 greatest zombie films ever made

Features in-depth interviews with actors, directors, makeup effects wizards, and
other zombie experts

For serious fans and casual moviegoers alike, Zombie Movies will provide plenty of informative
and entertaining brain food.

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$22.95 (CAN $25.95)

Glenn Kay has reviewed movies in print and on TV. He is the coauthor of Disaster Movies, and he played a
zombie in Land of the Dead.

Stuart Gordon is the writer and director of Re-Animator, From Beyond, and many other films.

KAY

An A Cappella Book

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Contrary to what some might think based on its
title, this is not a film about zombie clubgoers eat-
ing flesh between disco numbers. Instead, it’s a
rather minor teen effort about a young embalmer
(Scott Grimes) who works in his uncle’s mortuary
and his teenage car mechanic girlfriend (Cheryl

Pollak), who seems to own and operate a gas sta-
tion by herself. The two are the victims of local
bullies at their high school, and in a fairly standard
turn of events the bullies die in a car accident with
a chemical truck and are then electrocuted back
from the dead as the same bullying jerks, only
paler. Regrettably, the film spends so much time
setting up an elaborate sequence of events to
explain the bullies’ reanimation (Night of the Living
Dead [1968] never needed a detailed explanation)
that when they finally come back to life an hour
into the picture, there’s almost no time left to do
anything with them. Regardless, the zombies
themselves are only interested in bullying people,
which makes one wonder why the leads don’t just
leave them for the authorities to handle instead of
trying to stop them alone.

The film was produced for $2.5 million and is
competently made. It features some decent effects
(one zombie is thrown into a wood chipper, and
another is charred in a fire and shot in the head,
spraying brain matter) and may be of some interest
to anyone who ever wanted to see Addams Family
star John Astin being ballooned up via gas and an
air hose until he explodes. Otherwise, there’s noth-
ing unique here, just a been-there-done-that vibe
and a distinct lack of horror.

Pet Sematary (1989)

This Paramount Pictures effort would be one of
the few larger-scale zombie adaptations of the late
1980s. The Stephen King–penned screenplay deals
with the predictably horrible consequences that
develop when a doctor uses a mystical Indian burial
ground to resurrect deceased members of his fam-
ily; the zombies that result are not flesh-eaters, but

The 1980s: Italy Reigns and the Horror Boom Explodes . . . and Fizzles 165

The less-than-terrifying video box art for Night Life, a forgotten
late-1980s zombie release. © Creative Movie Marketing/RCA/Columbia
Pictures

Night Life (1989)

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they certainly are grouchy. The story was originally
set to be directed by George A. Romero, but the
zombie veteran bowed out due to conflicts with the
producers over prep time. Thus, the job fell to
Madonna music video director Mary Lambert.

In interviews with horror publications, the
filmmakers promised to provide graphic and
frightening effects—including an elaborate, climac-
tic confrontation with a fearsome Native American
spirit known as the Wendigo. Unfortunately, even
with a healthy budget of over $11 million, many
effects boasted about during preproduction, includ-
ing the Wendigo, don’t even appear in the final
film. One can only assume that the more elaborate
effects sequences had to be truncated because of
technical difficulties during filming. The increas-
ingly strict MPAA may have played a part as well.

The filmmakers had also promised to explore
disturbing themes, such as how a family deals with

tragic losses. But in the completed film, any deep
thematic material is lost in overwrought histrion-
ics—particularly during a comically exaggerated,
casket-spilling funeral scene. None of the charac-
ters are well written enough to effectively delve
into the true emotional horror of losing a loved
one, and the performances as directed are strange,
to say the least. Star Dale Midkiff ’s confrontation
with a ghastly zombie child (a very obvious doll in
several shots) only induces snickers.

On a positive note, the late Fred Gwynne is
wonderful in a supporting role. You’ll wish you
were watching a movie about his character, since
his lines (like the film’s tag line, “Sometimes dead is
better”) are the only ones that resonate. College
student/roadkill Victor Pascow (Brad Greenquist)
is a likable presence, and his brain-exposing undead
makeup is wonderfully gruesome and disturbing.
Finally, of course, the inclusion of several tunes

166 Zombie Movies: The Ultimate Guide

A helpful family friend (Brad Greenquist) offers actor Denise Crosby housekeeping advice and a warning not to let
anyone near the titular Pet Sematary. © Paramount Pictures

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A
Adamson, Al

Blood of Ghastly Horror
(1972), 66–67

Agrama, Frank
Dawn of the Mummy (1981),

119–120, 322
Anderson, Paul W.S.

Resident Evil (2002), 230–231
Argento, Dario

Two Evil Eyes (1990), 192, 322
Avati, Pupi

Revenge of the Dead (1983),
127–128

B
Bava, Lamberto

Demons (1985), 322, 329–330
Bianchi, Andrea

Burial Ground (1981), 118–119
Boll, Uwe

House of the Dead (2003), 235,
322

Bookwalter, J.R.
The Dead Next Door (1988),

180
Boyle, Danny

28 Days Later (2002),
231–233, 315–316

C
Cahn, Edward L.

Creature with the Atom Brain
(1955), 25–26, 322

Zombies of Mora Tau (1957),
28–29

Invisible Invaders (1959),
30–31

Carpenter, John
The Fog (1980), 107–108, 322
Prince of Darkness (1987),

153–154, 309–310
Ghosts of Mars (2001), 331

Castle, William
Shanks (1974), 84–86

Clark, Bob
Children Shouldn’t Play with

Dead Things (1972), 67–68
Deathdream (1974), 77–78,

322
Corman, Roger

Tales of Terror (1962), 40–41
Craven, Wes

Deadly Friend (1986), 174–175
The Serpent and the Rainbow

(1988), 160–161, 314–315
Cronenberg, David

Rabid (1977), 328
Currie, Andrew

Fido (2006), 267–268, 322
Curtiz, Michael

The Walking Dead (1936),
9–10, 312–313

D
D’Amato, Joe

Anthropophagus (1980),
328–329

Erotic Nights of the Living
Dead (1980), 170

Porno Holocaust (1981), 182
Dante, Joe

Masters of Horror:
“Homecoming” (2005),
264, 322

Dekker, Fred
Night of the Creeps (1986),

149–151, 309
Tales from the Crypt: “The

Thing from the Grave”
(1990), 167–168

de Laserna, Julian
Zombie Lake (1981), 123–124

de Ossorio, Amando
Tombs of the Blind Dead

(1971), 64–66
Night of the Sorcerers (1973),

97
Return of the Blind Dead

(1973), 73–74, 322

The Blind Dead 3 (1974), 77
The Blind Dead 4 (1975),

87–88

E
Eberhardt, Thom

Sole Survivor (1983), 173
Night of the Comet (1984),

130, 322
Elkayem, Ellory

Return of the Living Dead:
Necropolis (2005),
264–265

Return of the Living Dead 5:
Rave to the Grave (2005),
265–266

F
Ferrara, Abel

Body Snatchers (1993), 330
Fragasso, Claudio

Zombie 4: After Death (1988),
163

Francis, Freddie
Tales from the Crypt (1972),

69–70, 303–304
Tales from the Crypt: “Last

Respects” (1996),
167–168

Franco, Jess ( Jesus)
Dr. Orloff ’s Monster (1964),

41–42
A Virgin Among the Living

Dead (1973), 76
Devil Hunter (1980), 182
Oasis of the Zombies (1981),

171–172
Mansion of the Living Dead

(1985), 174
Fresnadillo, Juan Carlos

28 Weeks Later (2007),
279–281, 322

Fulci, Lucio
Zombie (1979), 94–97,

306–307

City of the Living Dead
(1980), 105–106, 322

The Beyond (1981), 113–114,
118, 322

The House by the Cemetery
(1981), 122

Zombi 3 (1988), 161–163
Furie, Sidney J.

Dr. Blood’s Coffin (1961),
38–39

G
Galindo, Rubén, Jr.
Cemetery of Terror (1985),

130–132
Grave Robbers (1990), 185–186
Gance, Abel

J’accuse (1938), 12, 322
Gilling, John

The Plague of the Zombies
(1966), 48–49, 322

The Devil’s Cross (1975), 98
Girolami, Marino

Zombi Holocaust (1980),
112–113

Gordon, Stuart
Re-Animator (1985),

142–144, 317
Gornick, Michael

Creepshow 2 (1987), 151–152
Grau, Jorge

Let Sleeping Corpses Lie
(1974), 83–84, 305

Guest, Val
Quatermass 2 (1957), 26–27,

322
Gunn, James

Slither (2006), 274–275

H
Halperin, Victor

White Zombie (1932), 6–8,
313–314

Revolt of the Zombies (1936),
8–9

341

Index of Directors

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Hancock, John D.
Let’s Scare Jessica to Death

(1971), 60–62, 322
Hinzman, Bill

FleshEater (1988), 180
Hong, James

The Vineyard (1989),
168–170, 322

Hooper, Tobe
Masters of Horror: “Dance of

the Dead” (2005), 264
Mortuary (2005), 293

Hung, Sammo
Encounter of the Spooky Kind

(1980), 106–107, 322
Huyck, Willard

Messiah of Evil (1973), 72–73

I
Ibáñez, Juan

The Snake People (1971),
63–64

J
Jackson, Peter

Braindead (1992), 195–196,
318

K
Katz, Gloria

Messiah of Evil (1973), 72–73
Kaufman, Lloyd

Poultrygeist: Night of the
Chicken Dead (2006),
294–295

Kaufman, Philip
Invasion of the Body Snatchers

(1978), 322, 328
Kitamura, Ryuhei

Versus (2000), 226, 322

L
Lambert, Mary

Pet Sematary (1989), 165–167
Pet Sematary II (1992),

203–204
Landis, John

Thriller music video (1983),
128–129, 322

Lattanzi, Claudio
Killing Birds: Uccelli Assassini

(1987), 152–153, 322
Lau, Ricky

Mr. Vampire (1985), 141–142,
322

Lenzi, Umberto
America bangmungaeg (1976),

327
Nightmare City (1980),

110–111
Black Demons (1991), 192–193

Leonard, Brett
The Dead Pit (1989),

163–164
Leutwyler, Matthew

Dead & Breakfast (2004), 242

Lustig, William
Maniac Cop (1988), 158
Maniac Cop 2 (1990), 186,

322
Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence

(1993), 214
Uncle Sam (1997), 210

M
Mahon, Barry

The Dead One (1961), 37–38
Margheriti, Antonio

Cannibal Apocalypse (1980),
102–103

Marshall, George
The Ghost Breakers (1940),

14–15, 322
Scared Stiff (1953), 24–25

Maslansky, Paul
Sugar Hill (1974), 86–87, 303

Mattei, Bruno
Hell of the Living Dead

(1980), 108–110
Zombi 3 (1988), 161–163

McCrann, Charles
Toxic Zombies (1980),

111–112
McLoughlin, Tom

Jason Lives: Friday the 13th
Part VI (1986), 146–148

McNaughton, John
Masters of Horror: “Haeckel’s

Tale” (2006), 264
Miike, Takashi

The Happiness of the Katakuris
(2001), 288–289

Miner, Steve
House (1986), 175–176
Day of the Dead (2008), 281

Mostow, Jonathan
Beverly Hills Bodysnatcher

(1989), 181–182
Muroga, Atsushi

Junk (2000), 219

O
O’Bannon, Dan

Return of the Living Dead
(1985), 144–146, 316

P
Parkinson, Andrew

I, Zombie: A Chronicle of Pain
(1998), 215

Dead Creatures (2001), 288

R
Raimi, Sam

The Evil Dead (1981), 322,
329

Evil Dead II (1987), 322, 329
Army of Darkness (1992), 322,

330
Ramsey, Tor

Children of the Living Dead
(2001), 227–228

Ray, Fred Olen
Alien Dead (1980), 170

Regan, Patrick
Kiss Daddy Goodbye (1981),

123
Reinhard, Pierre B.

Revenge of the Living Dead
Girls (1987), 178–179

Robotham, George
Dark Echo (1977), 99

Rodriguez, Robert
Grindhouse: “Planet Terror”

(2007), 276–277,
307–308

Rollin, Jean
The Grapes of Death (1978),

94
Zombie Lake (1981), 123–124
The Living Dead Girl (1982),

172
Romero, George A.

Night of the Living Dead
(1968), 49, 54–56,
320–321

The Crazies (1973), 326–327
Dawn of the Dead (1978),

90–93, 321–322
Creepshow (1982), 124–125,

308–309
Day of the Dead (1985),

132–133, 318–319
Two Evil Eyes (1990), 192,

322
Land of the Dead (2005),

249–251, 305–306
Diary of the Dead (2008),

282–283, 322
Russo, John

Night of the Living Dead: 30th
Anniversary Edition
(1998), 215–216

S
Satô, Sakichi

Tokyo Zombie (2005),
266–267

Savini, Tom
Night of the Living Dead

(1990), 186–188,
311–312

Saxon, John
Zombie Death House (1987),

155–156, 322
Sherman, Gary

Dead & Buried (1981),
120–121, 308

Sherman, Samuel M.
Raiders of the Living Dead

(1986), 176
Siegel, Don

Invasion of the Body Snatchers
(1956), 322, 325

Snyder, Zack
Dawn of the Dead (2004),

237–238, 322

Soavi, Michele
Dellamorte Dellamore (1994),

206–209, 311
Spierig, Michael and Peter

Undead (2003), 235–237
Steckler, Ray Dennis

The Incredibly Strange Creatures
Who Stopped Living and
Became Mixed-Up Zom-
bies!!? (1964), 43–45, 322

T
Takeuchi, Tetsuro

Wild Zero (2000), 226–227, 322
Tourneur, Jacques

I Walked with a Zombie
(1943), 17–18, 304–305

Tucker, Phil
The Cape Canaveral Monsters

(1960), 36

V
Vivas, Miguel Ángel

I’ll See You in My Dreams
(2003), 289

Voskanian, Robert
The Child (1977), 88–89

W
Walas, Chris

Tales from the Crypt: “’Til
Death” (1990), 167–168

Warren, Jerry
Teenage Zombies (1959),

33–34, 322
Wiederhorn, Ken

Shock Waves (1977), 89–90,
322

Return of the Living Dead
Part II (1988), 158–159

Wood, Edward D., Jr.
Plan 9 from Outer Space

(1959), 32–33, 301–302
Wright, Edgar

Shaun of the Dead (2004),
246–247, 319

Y
Yip, Wilson

Bio-Zombie (1998), 210–212
Yu, Ronny

The Trail (1981), 107
Freddy vs. Jason (2003),

146–148
Yuzna, Brian

Bride of Re-Animator (1990),
185

Return of the Living Dead III
(1993), 205

Beyond Re-Animator (2003),
233–235

Z
Zemeckis, Robert

Death Becomes Her (1992),
202–203

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