The film was lent to me, some considerable amount of time ago, by Clark who suggested that I might want to “Vamp or Not?” it – apologies for only just getting around to it. It should also be noted that David Pirie, in his 1977 volume The Vampire Cinema, dedicates several pages to the film and argues that it ”suggests fresh possibilities for the vampire movie by building on the ideas of its extraordinary prototype.” Strangely Pirie also suggests that it is “an accomplished remake of Romero’s Night of the Living Dead.”
Of course it is not a remake of Romero’s opus but the fact that Pirie suggests a similarity puts the warning flags up immediately as NotLD is the granddaddy of zombie flicks. The film opens almost silently as George (Ray Lovelock) picks up some bits and pieces from his antiquities shop and then closes up for his holidays. We see him riding his bike through the city and the camera lingers upon scenes of social decay and pollution. A female streaker runs past traffic at lights and the drivers fail to notice.
|Ray Lovelock as George|
|Cristina Galbó as Edna|
|George faces the police|
|Fernando Hilbeck as the living dead|
|reviving a corpse|
|corpse using an axe|
The imdb page is here.