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The Dead Don't Die (1975)

In the 1930s, a sailor trying to prove that his brother was wrongly executed for murder finds himself becoming drawn in the occult world.

Director:

Curtis Harrington

Writer:

Robert Bloch
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Cast

Cast overview:
George Hamilton ... Don Drake
Linda Cristal ... Vera LaValle
Joan Blondell ... Levenia
Ralph Meeker ... Police Lt. Reardon
James McEachin ... Frankie Specht
Reggie Nalder ... Perdido
Ray Milland ... Jim Moss
Jerry Douglas ... Ralph Drake
Milton Parsons ... Frazier--Funeral Home Receptionist
William O'Connell ... Priest
Yvette Vickers ... Miss Adrian
Brendan Dillon ... Prison Chaplain (as Brendon Dillon)
Russ Grieve ... Prison Guard (as Russ Grieves)
Bill Smillie Bill Smillie ... Newspaper Man
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Storyline

The story begins in the Illinois State Penitentiary where Ralph Drake is about to be executed for the murder of his wife. At Ralph's request, his brother, Don, sets out to clear his name and find the real murderer. It's a search that takes him into a nightmarish world where no one can be trusted. Don first seeks out Ralph's former employer, Moss, who runs a sleazy marathon dance hall, and enlists his help in finding the murderer. Then Don encounters Vera LaValle who warns him that he is in mortal danger because he is close to uncovering the insidious plan of a man called Varek - the Zombie Master. Learning that his own brother Ralph is a zombie, Don tries to warn the authorities. But will anyone believe him? Written by Leo Urbina

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Horror | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 January 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Toten sterben nicht See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Perdido: Mr Drake! I have been waiting for you!
Don Drake: Perdito?
Perdido: Perdito is dead! His body is merely an instrument through which I speak. The dead are my children!
Don Drake: [Appalled] Children? Who are you?
Perdido: Who am I? I am... Varrick!
[Reaches up from coffin and grabs Drake by the throat]
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Someone please remake this movie!
15 July 2003 | by LionClawSee all my reviews

I remembered seeing this movie when it first aired (on NBC, I think), and I seemed to remember it being above average for a TV movie. So I found a copy of it for under $5 and watched it again, nearly 30 years later. Wow, what a difference time and experience make. The premise is an interesting one, and the film relies more on subtlety than shock value. But, man is it slow. I found myself losing interest in it a couple of times. This is a movie that screams to be remade.


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