Directed by: Jean Rollin
Actors: Howard Vernon, Pierre-Marie Escourrou and Anouchka
Also known as: Le lac des morts vivants, El lago de los muertos vivientes, El lago de los zombies, I limni ton zontanon nekron, Sumpf der lebenden Toten, The Lake of the Living Dead
Description: Near the small village is a lake where the locals do not recommend anyone to swim. However, as is usually happens, a young girl, ignoring the advice goes to swim in the lake, and attacked by a zombie, dressed in a Nazi uniform with a green face. More – more … Zombie Nazis are not satisfied merely incidental victims stroll to their picnic, and therefore out of the lake in search of new victims … Filmed by Jean Rollin, the maker of Grapes of Death and Lips of Blood
Visionary French New Wave director Jean Rollin brought true artistic power to what is superficially a disturbing horror film. However, as the film progresses, it soon becomes evident there are significant themes being explored by Rollin under the guise of terror. Collaboration, retribution, and passion are sensitively observed in this film and it’s certainly much more of an existentially realistic cinema journey than the simple title would lead one to believe. At times the intensity of the horror is so overwhelming it nearly becomes unendurable. However, Rollin never allows this to go so far that obscures what he is trying to say with his film. Ultimately, the motion picture works on two important levels. One is as a creative and ingenious horror film that pushes the very limits of the genre. The second is as one of the most significant cinematic statements regarding Post-WWII France and the way French society tried to reconcile the actions of citizens during the war with the present. It is that clash between past and present that explodes across the screen in what is the strongest expression of this great director’s philosophy.