â€œI wish the dead could come back to life, you bastard, so then I could kill you again!â€Â Join your faithful Grue Crew â€“ Doc Rotten, Bill Mulligan, Chad Hunt, and Jeff Mohr â€“ as they take a road trip to kick, examine, and generally disturb the sleeping corpses lying around in 1974â€™sÂ Let Sleeping Corpses Lie.
Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 75 â€“Â Let Sleeping Corpses LieÂ (1974)
Directed byÂ Jorge GrauÂ and written byÂ Sandro ContinenzaÂ andÂ Marcello Coscia,Â Let the Sleeping Corpses LieÂ pairs Edna Simmonds (Cristina GalbÃ³) and George Meaning (Ray Lovelock) as two â€œaccidentalâ€ companions traveling the English countryside during an ultrasonically created zombie apocalypse. Despite the SF-based zombie justification, a little schmear of blood on the eyelids of a fresh corpse inexplicably seems to Â be a catalyst for the transformation of the corpse to the living dead. A throwback police inspector (Arthur Kennedy) decides our two protagonists are drug-crazed, hippie satanists who are the cause of all the local mayhem and sets out to prove it.
Donâ€™t be surprised if the plot sounds familiar even though you donâ€™t recognize the title.Â Let Sleeping Corpses LieÂ is a film that never saw a title it didnâ€™t like. Depending on when and where it was released, it was also known asÂ The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue, akaÂ Donâ€™t Open the Window, akaÂ Breakfast at the Manchester Morgue, akaÂ Do Not Speak Ill of the Dead, akaÂ Zombi 3, akaÂ No profanar el sueÃ±o de los muertos, akaÂ Non si deve profanare il sonno dei morti, aka â€¦ well, you get the idea.
Bill Mulligan and Chad Hunt putÂ Let Sleeping Corpses LieÂ in their lists of top 10 zombie films. As a first time viewer, Jeff Mohr found the mausoleum scene to be particularly horrifying while Doc Rotten points out the finale as the hospital is another key scene. Suffice it to say, the entire Grue Crew seeÂ Let Sleeping Corpses LieÂ as a very influential film andÂ heartily recommend it. If you havenâ€™t seen it, what are you waiting for?
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