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Valley of the Zombies

USA 1946
produced by
Dorrell McGowan (associate), Stuart E. McGowan (associate) for Republic
directed by Philip Ford
starring Robert Livingston, Lorna Gray (as Adrian Booth), Ian Keith, Thomas E. Jackson, Charles Trowbridge, Earle Hodgins, LeRoy Mason, William Haade, Wilton Graff, Charles Cane, Russ Clark, Chuck Hamilton, Wheaton Chambers
story by Royal K. Cole, Sherman L. Lowe, screenplay by Dorrell McGowan, Stuart E. McGowan, music by Edward H. Plumb

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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When blood goes missing from brain specialist Dr Maynard's (Charles Trowbridge) vault, nobody thinks much of it at first ... until Dr Maynard is paid a visit by the actual blood thief, Ormand Murks (Ian Keith), a man who Maynard has committed to an asylum - but who died there for years ago, and Maynard actually performed the autopsy on him. But Murks has made preparations before his death, and now he has returned ... as a zombie, but now he needs blood to survive, and lots of it - and Maynard just seems to have his preferred blood type.

The next day, the doctor turns up dead, his body filled with formaldehyde, and the police's key suspects are his assistand Dr Evans (Robert Livingston) and Nurse Susan (Lorna Gray). Now they can't pin anything on them, but they keep them under surveillance. Some evidence leads Evans and Susan to the Murks estate, an abandoned house with its own crypt, but believing Murks dead, they don't know what to expect ... and suddenly they find themselves threatened by Murks, then by the police, and suddenly Susan is kidnapped by Murks and hypnotized into submission. Now Murks needs Susan to administer his next blood transfusion, so it's back to Dr Maynard's clinic ... but Evans can convince the police that Murks is indeed the baddie, and ultimately, after a failed escape attempt over the roof, the police manages to catch up with Murks and shoot him dead, just when he wants to make Susan shoot Evans ...

 

Not really a great work of zombie cinema, but at least somehow ok. On the downside, the film's story is ridiculous, and not in a good way, features way too many plotholes, and ends in an underwhelming finale, and all that's carried by a no more than functional directorial effort that not always succeeds to hide the too low budget and doesn't even go for atmosphere, spooks and the like.

On the plus side though, Robert Livingston and Lorna Gray make a good on-screen couple who have the proper chemistry between them and who do show some comic talent, also helped by pretty witty dialogue. And they are supported by a pretty decent cast of character actors too.

So in all, you probably won't like it, objectively, but will find yourself enjoying it nevertheless.

 

 

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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