Giuseppe Gargiulo for Filmakers
directed by Umberto Lenzi
starring Keith Van Hoven, Joe Balogh, Sonia Curtis, Philip Murray, Juliana Texeira, Maria Alves, Cléa Simões, Justo Silva, Rita Monteiro, Felix Lorival, Paul R.Goodman, Tony Martins, Gleis J.Pereira, Sérgio Costa Andrade, Louis Karlson, Domiziano Arcangeli
story by Umberto Lenzi, screenplay by Olga Pehar, music by Franco Micalizzi, special effects by Serge Farjala, visual effects by Franco Casagni
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Kevin (Keith Van Hoven), his girlfriend Jessica (Sonia Curtis) and her
a tad unstable brother Dick (Joe Balogh), who shows a bit too much
interest in local black magic rites, travel through Brazil when their car
breaks down, pretty much in the middle of the jungle - but fortunately
they meet José (Philip Murray) and Sonia (Juliana Texeira), who happen to
live in a mansion nearby that is supposed to be haunted ... and before
long, José's black maid Maria (Maria Alves) is scared shitless of the
Macumba symbol Dick is wearing on a chain around his neck, and her terror
is justified too, since that very night, Dick revives a sextet of zombies
in a trance, black slaves who were executed 100 aears ago, and in no time
at all, the zombies have killed Sonia and Maria. Kevin, Jessica, José and
Dick - who doesn't know he is actually part of the zombie threat - decide
to hightail it right away, but when their car is stuck and Dick is left
alone with José, he brutally stabs José and cuts open their car's tires,
forcing them to return to the mansion.
During the night, the zombies
attack the mansion in full force, but while Jessica does nothing more than
being panic-stricken and Dick acts more and more erratic, Kevin starts to
take the offensive, building himself Molotov cocktails and burning the
zombies to crisp. And somehow, Dick gets killed too in the proceedings by
a zombie while Kevin and Jessica can make it out of the place pretty much
Trash of the lowest order and one of director
Umberto Lenzi's worst, most boring films. Obvioulsy he only made this film
to make some money, because he shows remarkably little interest in either
his characters or the story or even tries to create something resembling a
creepy atmosphere (admittedly not really his forte). Heck, he doesn't even
seem to care in the least about the racist and sexist undercurrents of the
script, just about the zombies, the film's raison d'être - and at least
they look scary in their scarce makeup.
Ironically, this is a film you
will probably immediately hate - but if you are a fan of Italian zombie
movies, you will probably also want to watch it, and more than once, too.