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Hell of the Living Dead (1980)

Virus (original title)
Unrated | | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 14 October 1983 (USA)
A tough female reporter and her cameraman boyfriend team up with a four-man commando unit in the New Guinea jungle who are fighting flesh-eating zombies.

Directors:

Bruno Mattei (as Vincent Dawn), Claudio Fragasso (uncredited)

Writers:

Claudio Fragasso (story and screenplay), José María Cunillés (story and screenplay) (as J.M. Cunilles)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Margie Newton ... Lia Rousseau (as Margit Evelyn Newton)
Franco Garofalo ... Zantoro (as Frank Garfield)
Selan Karay Selan Karay ... Vincent
José Gras José Gras ... Lt. Mike London (as Robert O'Neil)
Gabriel Renom ... Pierre (as Gaby Renom)
Josep Lluís Fonoll Josep Lluís Fonoll ... Osborne (as Luis Fonoll)
Pietro Fumelli Pietro Fumelli ... Man on TV (as Piero Fumelli)
Bruno Boni Bruno Boni ... Reporter
Patrizia Costa Patrizia Costa ... Woman in Bar
Cesare Di Vito Cesare Di Vito ... TV Speaker
Sergio Pislar Sergio Pislar ... Technician Lawson
Bernard Seray ... Prof. Barrett's Assistant
Víctor Israel ... Zombie priest
Pep Ballester Pep Ballester ... Josie's Husband (as Pep Ballenster)
Joaquín Blanco ... Professor Barrett
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Storyline

After a chemical leak at the Hope Centre in Papua New Guinea (an organization devoted to feeding underdeveloped countries) turns its staff into flesh-eating zombies, a four-man commando squad led by Mike London are sent to investigate. They run into a TV news crew led by celebrity reporter Lia, who are after the same story, but when they discover that the entire country has been overrun by zombies, what are the chances of them getting the message across? Unlike most zombie films, this actually tries to make a serious point - that if we don't feed the Third World, they'll come and feed on us! Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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When the creeping dead devour the living flesh! See more »


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Virus (1980)

Country:

Italy | Spain

Language:

Italian | Spanish

Release Date:

14 October 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Zombi 4 See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Beatrice Film, Films Dara See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Telecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Stock footage from the film Nuova Guinea, l'isola dei cannibali (1974) was used for the native scenes. Nuova Guinea, l'isola dei cannibali, aka Guinea Ama, has been recently re-released on DVD as The Real Cannibal Holocaust. See more »

Goofs

Lia's hairstyle changes throughout the film. See more »

Quotes

Terrorist Leader: [after getting gunned down by the Swat team; dying words] You're all... doomed to a horrible death. Doomed to... be eaten up. First, they'll kill you... then afterwards... you'll be eaten... be eaten... devouered... by men like you... your brothers...
[dies]
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Alternate Versions

The film was first submitted to the BBFC (as "Zombie Creeping Flesh") for theatrical release in 1982 in a slightly pre-cut print which removed the graphic flesh eating scenes, bloody shootings, and the final 'eyeball-popping' killing of Lia by zombies. This version was passed without further cuts. However the distributors decided the film was too long and removed a further 14 mins before release, which completely removed the entire SWAT commando/hostage sequence and most of the scene where a camouflaged Lia witnesses the embalming of a jungle native. This reduced the running time to around 84 mins, and this shorter print later appeared as a pre-cert VHS release on the Merlin label. The film then became unavailable for many years due to the inclusion of the Merlin VHS on the DPP list of 72 video nasties. The complete and uncut version was eventually passed by the BBFC in January 2002 and released on the Vipco label. See more »

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Soundtracks

Most of the soundtrack music by Goblin was borrowed from
the films "Dawn of the Dead" and "Alien Contamination".
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mix and match zombie flick for those who like zombie flicks
27 February 2000 | by VideoMonkeySee all my reviews

OK... So your gonna make a Zombie Flick... Well first you need Zombie music to set the mood, get Goblin from Dawn of the Dead. In fact, use the same music. And while we are ripping of Dawn of the Dead, let's have a SWAT team.

Now.. set it in a remote location with some natives like Fulci's ZOMBIE

OK... so CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST is a pretty famous flick and Cannibals and Zombies both eat people, so let's get some Cannibal Footage to through in and some pretty wild life stuff too... we can rip that off of that Shockumentary 'Death Faces' which features all the New Guinea cannibal tribes.

Now we have to stir in a large amount of gratuitous gore and go heavy on the eye violence...

Now sprinkle lightly with nudity...

And there ya have it...one gory zombie epic sure to please any die hard zombie gore fan. (but probably no one else will like it)


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