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What are the prime ingredients for my favourite Zombie movies? Made in the 1970’s – Check. Terrible overdubbing – Check. Rubbish effects – Check. Unnecessary nudity – Check. Yes, everything in Vengeance of the Zombies is present and correct. Infact there are even more ludicrous elements to this movie, of particular note the daft jazzy score which plays over many of the tenser moments, totally ruining any sense of suspense or horror.
Aside from these novelty moments, Vengeance of the Zombies actually has a reasonably decent story of a particularly old-school living dead nature. A mysterious voodoo master dressed incredibly similarly to ‘V’ from ‘V for Vendetta’ – mask and all – is murdering a bunch of people using a few zombie ladies he’s resurrected and some wax voodoo dolls for good measure.
Elvira falls victim to these voodoo shenanigans but luckily manages to escape while her father gets killed off instead. To come to terms with this bereavement she decides to get out of the city and head to a little English village to shack up with her Buddhist teacher, who she also has the hots for. However it appears that the voodoo trickster has followed her there and the bizarre killings continue. It probably doesn’t help matters that the house Krishna the Buddhist is living in has an infamous history for debauched Satanic worshiping and murder. Oh well.
OK, so the story is reasonable enough and the acting is of an acceptable standard, but overall it’s not really that gripping. Unless some back story was edited out of my really terrible ripped from VHS DVD version there is not a hope that you’ll ever guess who the voodoo master is or what his motivation is until the big reveal at the end. Not that it matters really, these Eurohorrors are best viewed for the cheesy nonsense, of which this has plenty. It’s worth watching for the soundtrack alone.
Gore Score D
Norks Score C
Originality Score C
Overall Score C