1966 Plague of the Zombies

Plague of the Zombies - 1966

A Hammer film production presented by Associated British Pathe Limited and released through Warner-Pathe Distributors Limited (UK) and Twentieth Century Fox (USA) 

Copyright MCMLXVI Hammer Film Production, Ltd, - All right, reserved

MPAA Approved Certificate 

The characters and incidents portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious and any similarity to the name, character, or history of any person is entirely accidental and unintentional 

RCA Sound Recording 

Produced at Bray Studios, England 

Technicolor 90 mim 


Sir James Forbes, a renowned professor of medicine, receives a letter from an old pupil, Dr Peter Thompson, who has set up practice in a remote Cornish village. Peter is worried by the recent outbreak of a mysterious sickness which has claimed the lives of several of his patients, so Sir James, with his daughter Sylvia, travels to Cornwall to find out what is going on. Once there, he finds himself embroiled in a terrifying chain of events which lead him to the conclusion that someone in the village is practising witchcraft!

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Production Designer Bernard Robinson
Supervising Editor James Needs
Production Manager George Fowler
Editor Chris Barnes
Assistant Director Bert Batt
Art Director Don Mingaye
Sound Recordist Ken Rawkins
Sound Editor Roy Baker
Continuity Lorna Selwyn
Make-up Roy Ashton
Hair Stylist Frieda Steiger
Wardrobe Rosemary Burrows
Special Effects Bowie Films Ltd
Camera Operator Moray Grant
Director of Photography Arthur Grant, BSc
Music Composed by James Bernard
Musical Supervisor Philip Martell
Screenplay by Peter Bryan
Produced by Anthony Nelson Keys
Directed by John Gilling


Sir James Forbes Andre Morell
Clive Hamilton John Carson
Sylvia Forbes Diane Clare
Alice Thompson Jacqueline Pearce
Dr Peter Thompson Brook Williams
Denver Alex Devon
Martinus Marcus Hammond
Sergeant Swift Michael Ripper
Constable Christian Dennis Chinnery
Manservant Louis Mahoney
John Martinus Ben Aris
The Vicar Roy Royston
Young Bloods Tim Condron, Bernard Egan, Norman Mann, Francis Willey


This film marks a high water mark in Hammer's history, and the five-minute graveyard sequence - part reality, part nightmare - is justly considered to be one of the most frightening in the British cinema.
 Jacqueline Pearce's characters at Hammer did not have a good time and no sooner had she been 'zombiefied' and beheaded in this film, she was promptly doomed to become "The Reptile". Perhaps she should have taken the advice of the title of the Carry On film "Don't Lose Your Head", in which she appeared in 1967! More recently, she gained a cult following for her role as Servalan in the BBC TV sci-fi series "Blake's 7".
Diane Clare was no newcomer to scary films, having also had parts in Robert Wise's "The Haunting" (1963) and Don Sharp's "Witchcraft" (1964).

Details were complied viewing the actual film. 
Source of viewing copy - The Hammer Graveyard Collection