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Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (Widescreen) [Import]
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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Very good quality of recording. Nothing to complain. Beautiful and luscous colors. Sound clear and efficient.Published 14 months ago by Richard Lamonde
it felt to me like if Fulci directed night of the living dead. It is similar to most Fulci films in that the quiet somber tone makes the unviolent parts almost unwatchable to the... Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2013 by Sorpse
If zombies existed and formed their own Zombie Actors' Guild, this is the kind of film they would be fighting (in their patently clumsy way) to appear in. Read morePublished on Oct. 7 2007 by Daniel Jolley
First Of All I would like to say to those who compare this movie to Luci Fulci ,and George Romero. I respect some of your opinions but you cannot compare one movie to this director... Read morePublished on July 17 2004 by henry
I was not familiar with this film until recently, when I viewed it under the title 'The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue', which I'll bet carries considerably more weight for our... Read morePublished on June 23 2004 by N. P. Stathoulopoulos
This film starts out okay but quickly turns boring as a drug investigation starts unfolding, it is not until half of the movie has already gone by, that the zombies finally appear,... Read morePublished on March 20 2004 by Bee
If you've watched your Romero and Fulci Zombie films to death and you're wanting something just as good, but different, check this little nasty out. Read morePublished on March 15 2004 by M. Menander L.E.S.
It's easy to see the flaws in this flick: so-so acting and dialogue. Not to mention those dated sequences-like the naked hippie chick running across a busy street waving the peace... Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2004 by G. Rosas
This movie's only real high point is the last 10 minutes or so. For the most part, it "tries" to be a "real" movie by holding off the major zombie scenes until... Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2003 by Jarvis