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Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (Widescreen)

Cristina Galbó , Ray Lovelock , Jorge Grau    R (Restricted)   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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One of the best zombie shockers of the 1970s, this Spanish-Italian coproduction (also known as The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue and Don't Open the Window, among other titles) is a real international affair. Inspired by George Romero's genre-shattering American hit Night of the Living Dead, it was shot in England by a Spanish director with a largely British cast, and supplemented by Spanish zombies and American character actor Arthur Kennedy as a bitter Irish police detective (with only a hint of a brogue). He's investigating a sudden rash of violent murders (the work of Satanists, he's convinced) and closes in on a pair of newcomers to the sleepy Northern England town, longhaired antique dealer Ray Lovelock and his nervous traveling companion Christine Galbó. Only they know the real culprits: newly deceased corpses, revived by agricultural experiments in ultrasonic radiation that are also turning newborns into vicious little monsters. Director Jorge Grau delivers all the stumbling zombies and gory flesh feasts you could hope for in a 1974 movie, but more importantly he creates the rare zombie thriller that manages to be both scary and smartly done. Some of the twists are a bit more far-fetched than others (why does dabbing blood on the eyes of long-dead cadavers magically bring them to life, and how would a zombie even know to try?), but it's a minor quibble in the face of the startling blood frenzy and Grau's satisfying dark dramatic twists.

The DVD also features an introduction and a 20-minute interview with Grau ("I hope you will suffer profoundly," he jokes in the opening), as well as a gallery of posters and stills, TV ads, and radio spots. --Sean Axmaker


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy '70s cult classic July 10 2001
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Format:VHS Tape
I'm pretty much in agreement with most of the reviews posted here, so I'd just like to add a comment or two of my own.
First, to those who've wanted to own this movie for years, this Anchor Bay release is definitely the one to buy. Not only is this the original, uncut version of "Let Sleeping Corpses Lie" but it has also been digitally remastered so the picture and sound are GREAT (on both VHS and DVD). You won't be getting a faded, cheap looking film to video transfer -- trust me on this. In case you're wondering, the VHS version is in 1.85 to 1 widescreen ratio and includes all the same extras (director interview, original trailer, etc.) as the DVD version. The only difference, of course, is that with DVD you can access these extras instantly. With the VHS version, you have to fast forward to the end of the movie before you can sample the extras.
That being said, let me make caution all those zombie movie fans out there who've never heard of this film before but are intrigued by the other reviews. No doubt scores of you are salivating right now at the prospect of a zombie movie that's almost good as "Dawn of the Dead" (as some have suggested).
Please note the following: this is NOT a wall-to-wall zombie/action flick like "Dawn of the Dead" or or even the parody "Return of the Living Dead". In fact, (SPOILER ALERT) I counted maybe only seven or eight zombies in the *whole* movie, and there are never more than three zombies on screen at one time! You *won't* find scenes depicting hundreds (or even dozens) of zombies taking over a city, surrounding a shopping mall, or even invading a farm house. This is a more subtle horror film that's far more interested in evoking a spooky atmosphere and creating a sense of dread than piling on the body count.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Horror DVD of the Year Oct. 22 2000
Format:DVD
Anchor Bay delivers the best and most anticipated horror DVD of the year. Never released on home video in the US (except in an atrocious edited low-budget EP VHS version called "The Living Dead"), Grau's super-fun 1974 zombie flick finally receives the definitive presentation it has aways deserved! Originally released theatrically in the States in an edited version called "Don't Open the Window", this DVD is the original UNCUT version and instantly makes the old (and once Very Valuable) Japanese laserdisc completely obsolete since that version pixelated the brief nudity. Anchor Bay's DVD is absolutely exceptional.
If you're a zombie film fan or european horror buff, you probably already love this film. If you've never seen it, just go ahead and buy it --- you will NOT be disappointed! It's kind of a rip-off of NOTLD, but it has it's own unique twists, it's in glorious color and delivers some very shocking gore moments. Plus, the zombies are quite unique -- my favorite is the post-autopsy one who's got his chest stitched closed all the way down his torso. All in all, a very entertaining zombie film...not as ridiculous as the later Fulci films, but also not as grim as Romero's seminal classic. The film is presented here in a practically flawless print at 1.85:1.
Also on the DVD are a short (and amusing) introduction by Grau (who hopes we have a "bad time" watching the film) plus a separate 20-minute interview with him. He goes into detail about how the film came to be, how he picked the cast, and what he thinks of horror film audiences. He comes off as a very cool, intelligent and nice guy. Too bad he left the business after only a few films.
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Jorg Grau's 'Let Sleeping Corpses Lie' or 'The Living Dead at the Manchster Morgue' as it was called in the UK, is one of my favourite zombie flicks of all time. Despite being a late entry European copy of Romero's 'Night of the Living Dead' this film stands head and shoulders above most zombie films. It is nicely plotted and beautifully put together - Grau succeeds admirably in making the pictureque English countryside around Windermere appear eerie and haunting, and his tampering with 'zombie lore' (shooting in the head makes no difference, the only way to kill the living dead is to set them on fire - what's more they pass on the 'affliction' by putting the blood of the living onto the eyes of other corpses) merely makes it more unique and interesting. Nice final twist and some great early gore effects from Gianetto De Rossi (who went on to work for Fulci in most of his horror films). All round, a top class, low budget, horror film. Anchorbay's uncut version is a must see.
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I am so glad i got this GREAT!!!zombie flick on DVD.this movie is just as great as anything FULCI or ROMERO ever made.this is one of my very FAVORITE!!zombie movies,it has everything i look for in a zombie flick.VERY VERY SPOOKY/VERY ARTISTIC(especialy some of the camera work!!)DECENT ACTING/ABSOLUTELY SUPERB DIRECTING/& A DECENT AMOUNT OF BLOOD & GORE(not alot but with everything else above going for it id say it was the perfect amount!!)anyway if you are a true ZOMBIE fan & or euro/italian horror fan in genral then your going to love this flick & if your not one or the other but your looking for a spooky little horror movie then rent or buy im sure you won't be discruntled!!!!!! LIKE I SAID THIS IS A REAL ZOMBIE FLICK!!!!!! ONE OF THE BEST EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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