|ZOMBIE LAKE (LE LAC DES MORTS VIVANTS) (director: Jean Rollin; screenwriters: A.L. Mariaux, J. Esteban, Jesús Franco; cinematographer: Max Monteillet; editors: Claude Gros/María Luisa Soriano; music: Daniel White; cast: Howard Vernon (The Mayor), Pierre-Marie Escourrou (German Soldier), Anthonio Mayans (Morane), Anouchka (Helena), Nadine Pascal (local French woman), Jean Rollin (Stiltz), Marcia Sharif (Katva), Gilda Arancio (Blonde Girl Swimmer), Youri Rad (Chanac); Runtime: 90; MPAA Rating: R; producers: Daniel White/Marius Lesoeur; Kino (Eurocine); 1981-France-in French with English subtitles)|
|"It has attracted the attention of
film buffs who love certain kinds of bad films."
by Dennis Schwartz
trashy French film about Nazi zombies directed by
sleazy cult filmmaker Jean Rollin ("The Iron
Rose"/"Dracula's Fiancee"/"Two Orphan Vampires") as if
were an amateur film. It has attracted the attention
of film buffs who love certain kinds of bad films, and
this one is one of their favorites. Rollin
felt so embarrassed by this terrible film he
wouldn't admit for years he directed it under the
name J.A. Lazer. The screenplay by
A.L. Mariaux, J. Esteban, and
Jesús Franco is about Nazis drowned during
the Second World War who rise with
green faces from a lake in France and intimidate the
local naked lady swimmers.
1974 a green-faced zombie in a German military
uniform drags to her death a naked girl swimming in
a lake (known as 'the lake of ghosts') outside a
small French town. The girl's disappearance alerts
the village mayor (Howard Vernon). Things get
heavier when a second girl, doing laundry at the
lake, is attacked viciously by the zombie, who tears
her throat out with his teeth and leaves her corpse
by the lake. When the news of the attack spreads,
newspaper reporter Katya (Marcia
Sharif) arrives. The mayor
reluctantly grants the reporter an interview. He
informs her under German occupation the town was
bombed. During the attack a Nazi soldier (Pierre-Marie
himself on a young French woman (Nadine Pascal) to
protect her life. Afterwards they became secret
lovers and in 1944 she had his child Helena (Anouchka).
Before the Germans could return home, The Resistance
ambushed them and tossed their bodies in the lake.
When all the zombies come out of the lake in the
1974 we have a large-scale war initiated by them
against the town.
a real fan of such crap if you don't mind the
details being screwed-up, as we now have the
impossibility of Helena meeting in 1974 her undead
dad as an 11-year-old instead
of at her correct age of thirty.
What the hell, I guess, there's probably no film
REVIEWED ON 1/4/2016 GRADE: C-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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