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  • Writer's pictureMartyn Wakefield


Dir. Jean Rollin

Reviewer. Dan Cook

An absolutely terrible excuse for a horror film, Jean Rollins pervy 1981 disasterpiece ZOMBIE LAKE is not only the worst movie I’ve seen in a long while but, quite possibly, one of the worst I’ve ever had to sit through. A French-Spanish co-production, this tortured tale of a bunch of undead Nazi’s rising from their watery graves to seek revenge against the town that put them there does everything that a horror movie shouldn’t.

These include but are by no means limited to; atrocious acting, diabolical dialogue, pitiful production values, needless nudity, dreadful dubbing, god-awful gore, miserable make-up effects and senseless sound editing - all rounded off by a completely crappy climax that made me want to set myself on fire.

I enjoy rubbish horror movies, particularly during October and with so much wrong with it, ZOMBIE LAKE had the potential of being a new guilty pleasure of gargantuan proportions. However, it’s pacing is so slow and the story is so painfully uninteresting that by the middle act, I felt as brainless as the films hilarious green-faced ghouls. There are some really great zombie movies out there and even some good ones about Nazi zombies. This isn’t one of them.

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