Hell of the Living Dead

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Overview

In this woeful "zombie" film, an accident occurs in a scientific lab in Papua-New Guinea sending out a dangerous chemical in a cloud of green smoke and turning the technicians and locals into ghouls ravenous for human flesh. An Italian news reporter Margit Evelyn Newton and her crew land on the island in search of the story, quickly followed by a search-and-destroy mission of soldiers. From that point onward, highly unreal dialogue "something eating you?" would classify the movie as a cult-camp favorite. When the...
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Overview

In this woeful "zombie" film, an accident occurs in a scientific lab in Papua-New Guinea sending out a dangerous chemical in a cloud of green smoke and turning the technicians and locals into ghouls ravenous for human flesh. An Italian news reporter Margit Evelyn Newton and her crew land on the island in search of the story, quickly followed by a search-and-destroy mission of soldiers. From that point onward, highly unreal dialogue "something eating you?" would classify the movie as a cult-camp favorite. When the mismatched or unmatched sequences in the film are combined with ugly color and moronic dialogue, it is difficult to tell whether the living-dead or brain-dead dominate the film.
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Special Features

Hell Rats of the Living Dead - interview with diretor Bruno Mattei; Theatrical trailer; Poster & still gallery; Bruno Mattei bio
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Dawn Of The Dead spawned many an Italian-made ripoff but none of them were ever as awful or crazy as Bruno Mattei's jaw-dropping Hell Of The Living Dead. This film is likely to amuse trash fans in countless ways. The script has dreadful characterizations and dialogue but shows a perverse inventiveness in the types of zombies it comes up with: there's a little boy zombie, a priest zombie, several zombie natives etc. It also comes up with head-scratchingly bizarre plot hooks like having the female reporter strip off her clothing to interact with the natives or a SWAT team member donning a tutu he finds in abandoned house's closet. Director Mattei (working here under the pseudonym Vincent Dawn) enhances the film's accidentally surreal wretchedness by loading it down with jungle stock footage and shamelessly recycling Goblin's Dawn Of The Dead soundtrack for its musical score. The end result isn't scary or convincing in the least but Hell Of The Living Dead is so incredibly, cluelessly bad that it makes perfect fare for cult-flick fans to use on their next "bad movie night."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/2007
  • UPC: 827058111195
  • Original Release: 1980
  • Rating:

  • Source: Blue Underground
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:41:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 27,234

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Margit Evelyn Newton Lea
Franco Giraldi Mike London
Selan Karay
Robert O'Neil
Luis Fonoll
Gaby Renom
Ester Mesina
Victor Israel
Bernard Seray
Technical Credits
Bruno Mattei Director
Claudio Borroni Editor
John Cabrera Cinematographer
Sergio Cortona Executive Producer
J.M. Cunilles Original Story, Screenwriter
Giuseppe Ferranti Makeup Special Effects
Claudio Fragasso Asst. Director, Original Story, Screenwriter
Goblin Score Composer
Romano Pampaloni Sound/Sound Designer
Antonio Velart Production Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hell of the Living Dead
1. Program Start/Main Titles [1:36]
2. Module Antares [2:08]
3. Rat Attack [3:14]
4. Operation Sweet Death [3:07]
5. Hostage Situation [3:37]
6. The Negotiators [5:00]
7. In the Valley [2:05]
8. Modern Mother [3:41]
9. Zombie Child [8:56]
10. Major Catastrophe [1:25]
11. Greasepaint & Grass Thong [4:06]
12. The Tribe [6:47]
13. Campfire Fun [2:50]
14. Zombie Rampage [3:18]
15. Bloodthirsty Bastards [5:09]
16. Hungry Hoards [6:09]
17. Chaos at the U.N. [3:34]
18. Undead Family [11:52]
19. Zombie Beach [5:06]
20. Scene of the Crime [4:07]
21. Blood Bath [2:09]
22. The Solution [6:14]
23. Ruined Evening [3:08]
24. End Credits [1:00]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Hell of the Living Dead
   Chapter Selections
   Extras
      Trailer
      Hell Rats of the Living Dead (9 Mins.)
      Poster & Still Gallery
      Bruno Mattei Bio
   Play
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Super Zombie Stuff

    This is a great italian Zombie film, that covers it all. It is full of blood, insects, jungles, cannibal zombies and so much more. The film also has very intense and authentic scenes of many Papau New Guinea tribes Created during a time when you made any type of movie you wanted to make! It also has a cool soundtrack by the band Goblin who also did the music to Dawn of The Dead!! Cool Italian zombie film!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    How could anyone make a movie like this and still live?

    This has got to be the worst horror movie, no I take that back, the w-o-r-s-t movie known to man. The characters were so stupid and moronic that I cheered for the zombies every time they grabbed one of them. Then, how can I put this, let's just say I thought I was watching a National Geographic show or something by the way they kept putting all the stock footage five minutes apart throughout the entire movie. I even got offended when they stole the music right from a classic, Dawn of the Dead. How could they? They acting was horrible, the direction was next to none, everything about this movie said it was bad. I almost cried watching it. Nothing in the movie helped redeemed it in any way. I liked Fulci's Zombie a whole lot better. At least he was creative...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Really bad

    I enjoy bad films as much as the next Gen-Xer, but this movie was just bad. Remember that scene in Clockwork Orange where the old guy traps Malcolm McDowell in a room and plays classical music? Well, substitute Old Ludwig Van with Hell of the Living Dead, and I'd beat Alex to the nearest window by a good minute. Nothing is redeemable about this film, except that the score was stolen from Dawn of the Living Dead. Literally.

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