Dec 29

Let Sleeping Corpses Lie

letsleepingcorpseslieGenre: Horror
Year: 1974
Country: Italy / Spain

original title: Non Si Deve Profanare Il Sonno Dei Morti
aka: Do Not Speak Ill of the Dead, Don’t Open the Window, Invasion of the Zombies, The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue

Director: Jorge Grau
Starring: Cristina Galbo, Ray Lovelock, Arthur Kennedy, Aldo Massasso, Giorgio Trestini


They tampered with nature – now they must pay the price…


George is an antique dealer from London who is traveling on motorcycle to Manchester to have a fun weekend out on the countryside with a few friends. His trip gets cut off however when a young girl named Edna accidentally backs her car into his motorcycle. She agrees to give him a lift, but they have to stop by Edna’s sister Katie first in Southgate.

While there, George discovers that the government is testing a new pest control system in the area and later on he comes across a dead male who arrived from the cemetery and attacked Edna. George is able to fight him off, but can’t help but think that this is related to the pest control that is being tested in the area. He goes on to investigate this, while the local police officers are suspecting him to be responsible for the increasing amount of murders that are happening in the area.

Let Sleeping Corpses Lie, or one of its many alternative titles, is not a movie that gets talked about a lot. The ones who do talk about it though tend to praise it and will even put it in the top tier of zombie films. Even though it does have some interesting and enjoyable parts, I would not put it that high up on my lists but it should also be said that I watched this with English dubbing and I prefer to hear the actors real voices. So I would not be surprised if I enjoyed this film more if I saw it with an Italian language track.

The story is a bit ahead of its time in that it deals with the dangers of radiation or experimental testing on nature by the government or other money hungry companies. It’s a topic that was featured more and more in the horror of the 1980’s, but I can’t think of any other films before this that dealt with such a topic although I wouldn’t be surprised if it did exist.

The movie starts out very slow though and even for me who are used to watching movies from this era did find this to be a little boring at times. I would have liked to see more zombie action earlier on, cause they do provide some very gory sequences during the ending when they finally are active and causing some havoc.

The great thing about this film, even though he is dubbed, is that Ray Lovelock plays the main character George. Fans of Italian poliziotteschi films will remember him from such great films as Almost Human, Emergency Squad, Live Like A Cop Die Like A Man. Lovelock is awesome and the only thing I wish they had added to his character is that he show have slapped around a few zombies with his lethal hands.

I didn’t find Let Sleeping Corpses Lie to be as great as some other reviewers did, but I do believe that watching it with English dubbing hurt the experience for me and therefore also think it is best to add that other people found it greater than I did. The very slow first half of the film did hurt it too much for me to consider this to be a great film, but it is worth seeing for fans of euro-horror and zombie films.




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