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It all starts with an old typewriter his girlfriend Alessandra (Anne
Canovas) has given writer Stefano (Gabriele Lavia) as a gift, and one
night when he is looking for inspiration, he just unrolls the typewriter's
tape to see what the previous owner has written ... and finds out the
previous owner, a certain Don Luigi Costa (Aldo Sassi), a priest, has been
dabbling in the resurrection of the dead.
Stefano decides this would make a good story and tries to track Don
Costa down, but in his parrish he learns Don Costa has quit his service to
the church ten years ago, and eventually he even finds Don Costa has died
... only when he investigates further, he finds Costa's grave empty.
Now Stefano knows he really has to find out the truth behind it all,
but thing is, people around him who help him start disappearing and/or
turn up dead, as if a warning to Stefano, but he goes on undeterred and
follows dead Don Costa's trail to a former holiday camp for children that
is said to be haunted but that is now home to a group of scientists - who
are obviously doing research into the resurrection of the dead -
apparently the ground around the camp is able to bring them back to life
... only what the scientists didn't think of was that the dead, once
revived, might not be in the best of moods, and they might attack those
humans who are still living. So soon, the scientists are taken out one by
one, and Stefano, when he enters the camp, escapes a zombie attack only
Thing is though, when he returns to his hotel room in a nearby villyge,
he finds Alessandra dead, as a final warning to him. Overcome with grief,
Stefano sees only one solution, to bury Alessandra in the ground
surrounding the camp - and it works, she comes back to life as well - but
like all the others, she's rather grumpy and ultimately attacks Stefano
Even though Zeder is essentially about the dead attacking the
living, a plotline very popular in Italy in the early 1980's, it is not
your average zombie shocker by a long shot. Rather Zeder is a
mystery that starts out fairly ordinary but gets weirder and weirder all
the time, until it eventually enters zombie-territory. Don't expect a gore
film though, Zeder is carried more by its unnerving atmosphere than
actual shocks, and actually it features a rather intelligent plot - always
considering it's still a film about the living dead.
True, the film might not be for everybody, it takes a bit of patience
and your average gorehound might be in for a disappointment, but if you
take your time and follow the plot, its quite fascinating.