Let Sleeping Corpses Lie

Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (1974) movie poster

(1974) dir. Jorge Grau
viewed: 08/03/02

This is a Spanish-produced English zombie flick, shot in and around the vicinity of Manchester in the early 1970’s (among its alternate titles, it was also known as The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue).

The film has an ecological edge, as the zombies are raised by some sonic radiation that the British government is using to kill insects that affect horticulture. The opening sequence also includes many shots of pollution and nucular power plants…and a streaker (whose significance slipped past me). The pro-environmental theme is perhaps more admirable than significant. It is not so radical to suggest that pollution and abuse of natural resources will result in an “apocalyptic doom” for humankind, though the zombies ultimately seem represent some sort of vengeance against people (trying to follow these notions out though seems to hit a wall for me).

It’s an earnest little film, not without qualities, though the lead actors are a little unlikeable. There is also and interesting “period” anti-police/extablishment theme, particualarly exemplified in the head detective’s palpable dislike for “hippies” (read: youth/youth culture). Of course, the audience is meant to identify with the irreverant young leads and to resent the prejudices of the constable.

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