NIGHT OF THE ZOMBIES
THE CHILLING; GAMMA 693; NIGHT OF THE WEHRMACHT ZOMBIES
Director Joel M. Reeds previous genre films had consisted of the horror anthology Blood Bath (1976) and the notoriously sadistic Blood Sucking Freaks (1976). Night of the Zombies is a very badly made film. When a film ends up having to use a porn star (Jamie Gillis) rather than even some has-been actor of the era like John Carradine or Dick Miller as its name drawcard, you know that it is way, way down low in the budget stakes. The lack of budget clearly shows up the set for the CIA directors office, for instance, appears to be a hotel ballroom one can see chairs stacked up at the side of the office and the desk is simply a dining table with a cloth draped over it. The skeletons that the zombies are eventually reduced to are all anatomical skeletons borrowed from a med lab one can see the mark where the skull is sliced open. Although the film apparently had enough of a budget to be able to afford to go on location in West Germany.
The first half of Night of the Zombies is a dull trail of spy work through the streets of Munich in a plot that is difficult to follow. Eventually the scenes with the zombies prove mildly worthwhile. There is an incongruous scene where the zombies sit down and start talking about their leave to Paris and joking about which side is meant to be killing who tonight. The revelation of who and what they are and who Proud is, plus the ambiguous ending that suggests Jamie Gillis may have become a zombie too, are reasonably well done. It is clearly an attempt to do something different with the zombie film and, as such, is an idea that almost transcends the thorough tawdriness of the material at hand.
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