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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Hell of the Living Dead (1980)




















Starring:
  • Margit Evelyn Newton
  • Franco Garofalo
  • Selan Karay
blackhorrormovies.com
I don't know much about Papua New Guinea (except that it's apparently crawling with zombies and cannibals), but I don't think that the racial makeup of the populace is quite as black as HOTLD implies. Here, it looks more like Africa or the Caribbean than the South Pacific. Italian schlock master Bruno Mattei cuts corners by splicing stock footage of annonymous tribesmen eating maggots and grainy Mutual of Omaha-style animal footage into his yarn about, well, the living dead and the inevitable Hell that accompanies them. It's standard early '80s Italian zombie fare with enough action and gore to keep your attention and enough cheesy dialogue and bad makeup to have a drunken good time -- particularly the scene where the white heroine "blends in" with the natives by taking off her shirt and painting her face and torso. There's actually some message about supporting third-world countries buried in HOTLD somewhere, although it spends most of the time exploiting them.

1 comments:

gog magog said...

Papua New Guinea is pretty black. It's one of the last few places on earth to resist colonization, and as recently as the late 80s there were still tribes being discovered who had never seen a white man before.

Cannibalism is still practiced in some more remote areas, albeit infrequently and usually as a way to honor dead relatives rather than an instrument of war.

Interesting place, wasn't aware there was any sort of film industry there. Cool post!

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