ALMOST HUMAN; DEATH CORPS
Shock Waves is an impressive little low budget film. The zombies, with pasty white skin, albinoid hair, scarred faces and wearing dark goggles are vivid screen monsters. The images of them walking across the ocean floor, lying in low tide pools or hundreds of them emerging out of the surf one after the other, are striking. Director Ken Wiederhorn maintains a maximum degree of creepy suspense throughout.
However, the lack of any plot beyond the basic needs is sometimes frustrating the zombies are given a far too convenient vulnerability to light but the script then makes absolutely no use of it. One of the plus points about the film is its cast John Carradine does well in a too brief role as the cranky boat captain and Peter Cushing invests the role of the SS Commander, and indeed the film, with considerable dignity.
Shock Waves was the debut of director Ken Wiederhorn and is the only highlight in Wiederhorns career that has subsequently been a straight line downwards with the likes of Eyes of a Stranger (1981), Meatballs II (1984), Dark Tower (1987), Return of the Living Part II (1988) and A House in the Hills (1993).