Also known as "Night Of The Zombies", this is possibly the very worst in the countless Italian zombie films. It has many of the same concepts and ideas from a number of other zombie films and also "borrows", without shame, some of the musical score from DAWN OF THE DEAD. Bruno Mattei was clearly fascinated by the work of Romero and Lucio Fulci but sadly could not re-create the masterpiece that was DAWN or even the lesser ZOMBIE 2.
HELL OF THE LIVING DEAD involves a chemical spill that causes a zombie plague across the world. An elite but poorly-dubbed SWAT team is sent in to handle the problem. With the help of a female reporter who decides to take it all off in an attempt to communicate with a group of islanders, the team attempts to take on the walking dead. There is a whole lot of "stock footage" used for absolutely no reason, which really helps push the odd level through the roof. If that's not enough, we got random cross-dressing and some psycho SWAT guy who won't stop teasing the zombies. The memorable ending is also worth the price of admission but I won't spoil it for you.
If you're not a fan of either gore, Italian zombie films, or just all-around bad movies, you may want to avoid this one but if you are, this one sure is a treat. This one is like "Lucio Fulci meets Ed Wood". If you enjoyed it, you may want to upgrade to the similiar but superior ZOMBIE 3. It's not as entertaingly terrible but it still works.