1966 The Plague of the Zombies

The 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
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Bernard Robinson
James Needs
George Fowler
Chris Barnes
Bert Batt
Don Mingaye
Ken Rawkins
Roy Baker
Lorna Selwyn
Roy Ashton
Frieda Steiger
Rosemary Burrows
Bowie Films Ltd
Moray Grant
Arthur Grant, BSc
James Bernard
Philip Martell
Peter Bryan
Anthony Nelson Keys
John Gilling


Sir James Forbes
Clive Hamilton
Sylvia Forbes
Alice Thompson
Dr Peter Williams
Sergeant Swift
Constable Christian
John Martinus
The Vicar
Young Bloods

Andre Morell
John Carson
Diane Clare
Jacqueline Pearce
Thompson Brook
Alex Devon
Marcus Hammond
Michael Ripper
Dennis Chinnery
Louis Mahoney
Ben Aris
Roy Royston
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