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Author Topic: Let sleeping corpses lie / Non si deve profanare... (Jorge Grau, 1974)  (Read 41139 times)

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Non si deve profanare il sonno dei morti

I bought this as a blind buy a few months ago.
I didn't think it brought anything new to the zombie genre at first but then somebody let me know that this was one of the first zombie flicks after "Night of the living dead" (which argueably started the whole zombie blood and guts thing). After hearing that I had to give it a bit more credit because the genre was still relatively young at the time.


It's still worth a view although the "shock" ending could have been handld better. It's laughable today (and probably even for then).




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This one has many alias, THE LIVING DEAD AT THE MANCHESTER MORGUE, BREAKFAST AT THE MANCHESTER MORGUE, DON'T OPEN THE WINDOW....Excellent movie. Great, spooky score, great locations. I love Kennedy's line "I wish the dead could come back to life so I could kill you again you son of a bitch!" Something along those lines.
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Kennedy was a really mean fucker in this movie wasn't he? His performance is so great that makes you think he actually hated Lovelock's hippie character. These political elements just make the film even more enjoyable. I love it.
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Kennedy was a really mean fucker in this movie wasn't he? His performance is so great that makes you think he actually hated Lovelock's hippie character. These political elements just make the film even more enjoyable. I love it.

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Yes, in fact when I first saw this I kept saying to myself, "Damn, he's mean as hell in this!" He really conveyed his thoughts on where his career was at the time in his performance. I like his referral to Lovelock's faggot clothes and looks. :-\
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I Remembered something...

What was the purpose of the blood of the living used to awaken the dead?
I thought the agriculture machine was the culprit for waking up the zombies?
What's with this blood sub-plot?
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the films one brief dip into the supernatural. Since those dead bodies were inside a mausoleum or crypt there corpses were not affected by the machine and I guess the reanimated zombie placing drops of his blood would in turn raise the bodies of those the blood touched.
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the films one brief dip into the supernatural. Since those dead bodies were inside a mausoleum or crypt there corpses were not affected by the machine and I guess the reanimated zombie placing drops of his blood would in turn raise the bodies of those the blood touched.

'28 Days Later' used the drops of blood/instant zombiefication theme also...
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True but that had basis in scientific "fact", that not only blood but sweat and or any bodily fluid could simply get onto an un-infected person and the fast spreading disease would change them into the raving crazies in the film. But essentially the same thing I guess. The score is great in this movie too...for SLEEPING CORPSES I mean.
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Another, maybe tenuous, link between 'Let sleeping corpses lie' and '28 Days Later' is the ending to '28 Days Later' where it shows the 'Zombies' perishing among dry stone wall environments not that different to the surroundings shown in Jorge Graus film.
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The sequel, 28 WEEKS LATER also starts in a rural location and I was instantly reminded of Grau's film.
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Another, maybe tenuous, link between 'Let sleeping corpses lie' and '28 Days Later' is the ending to '28 Days Later' where it shows the 'Zombies' perishing among dry stone wall environments not that different to the surroundings shown in Jorge Graus film.

When I saw this for the first of two times in the theater the countryside sequences reminded me of SLEEPING CORPSES as well.
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There's a two disc special edition of this classic on the way from Blue Underground USA - a new featurette shows Grau walking around some of the locations. You heard it here first!
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There's a two disc special edition of this classic on the way from Blue Underground USA - a new featurette shows Grau walking around some of the locations. You heard it here first!

Excellent news! I've always fancied finding out where the locations are, obviously I know where the Manchester scenes were filmed but I've no idea about the country side stuff. Was it the Peak District?
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There's a two disc special edition of this classic on the way from Blue Underground USA - a new featurette shows Grau walking around some of the locations. You heard it here first!

Excellent news! I've always fancied finding out where the locations are, obviously I know where the Manchester scenes were filmed but I've no idea about the country side stuff. Was it the Peak District?
That or the Pennines (I've not been there though so I'm not sure what it looks like exactly). I've never understood why zombies eat human flesh and how go rigor mortis is never a poblem.....  :-\ Decent film though overall.
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That or the Pennines (I've not been there though so I'm not sure what it looks like exactly). I've never understood why zombies eat human flesh and how go rigor mortis is never a poblem.....  :-\ Decent film though overall.

Well, if you're going to get technical about rigor mortis it only actual occurs for about 12 hours then the body relaxes again...  :D

Rigor Mortis - Wikipedia
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