Hell Of The Living Dead



Virus: Hell of the Living Dead (Italian: Virus – l’inferno dei morti viventi), also known as Zombie Creeping Flesh and Night of the Zombies, is a 1980 horror film directed by Bruno Mattei (credited as Vincent Dawn).[1]

The film is set in a laboratory in Papua New Guinea that sends out a dangerous chemical that turns the technicians and locals into zombies. An Italian news reporter (Margit Evelyn Newton) and her crew land on the island to investigate.[1].

Virus began as a treatment written in 1980 by José María Cunillés and was later fleshed out into a full script by Claudio Fragasso and his wife Rossella Drudi. As the market was hungry for zombie films in the wake of Lucio Fulci’s blockbuster Zombi 2, two studios specializing in low budget horror, Dara Films in Spain and Beatrice Films in Rome, pitched together to option the script.

The original script, set in Africa, would have been much too expensive for Dara/Beatrice to produce, with scenes involving ships full of dead bodies and a corpse mincing plant, so Bruno Mattei, well known for being able to work with scant finances, was brought on board to direct with the help of Claudio Fragasso. Filming took place in and outside Barcelona over a four-week period where all the forest and jungle exteriors were shot before the production moved back to Rome to finishing filming at Studio Mafera. Shortly after this, Mattei realized that the footage shot in Spain was insufficient and partially unusable. Dara had decided not to rewrite the script before the production began and therefore much of the footage shot was random in its nature; indeed much of the film’s plot is incomprehensible.

In an attempt to give the film a more exotic feel and provide the protagonists with another set piece in which to battle zombies, Mattei suggested that footage from the 1972 film La Vallée be incorporated into the film and sets built to mirror the village from La Vallée so new scenes could be shot. This was agreed to by the producers, who were anxious to get the production back on track. As Mattei was busying himself with the studio filming, Fragasso was given free rein to shoot some new special effects shots (mainly consisting of zombies getting shot in front of a dark backdrop and the famous hand in face ending) to gore up the film, again at the producer’s request.

The “fog” style attempt to save the production continued with a new ending tagged on, and the addition of some of Goblin’s music from the Dawn of the Dead and Contamination soundtracks. This almost caused a legal wrangle for the production as Goblin had not authorised their music to be used in the film. With all the new additions the film now ran over 100 minutes and consequently some of the original footage was removed prior to its first release in Italy in November 1980. Dara also edited the film further prior to submitting it for UK release.[1].

To add realism to the native scenes the filmmakers incorporated a bunch of footage from a documentary. They did the same for establishing shots of traveling through the jungle. As you can expect the footage doesn’t match up. The editing is so bad that it doesn’t come close to fitting in with the original footage. In one scene there’s a kangaroo rat running through a desert that’s supposedly next to the Landrover as they’re driving through the jungle. In another scene we see natives canoeing in a wide river, but the commandos are in a thick jungle nowhere near water.

But it’s the sound dub for the animals that’s the tops. I thought there was nothing funnier than seeing a Kung Fu movie dubbed into Spanish. I was wrong. Hell of the Living Dead does one better, they dubbed different animal sounds for the ones shown. The best is a scene of what looks like storks dubbed in turkey gobbles. Priceless.[2]

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After all these years, I have finally seen a film I hate more than They Live!!

[1] Wikipedia. Hell of the Living Dead. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
[2] the-losthighway.com. Hell of the Living Dead. Retrieved 26 April 2016.

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