View Full Version : Living Dead At The Manchester Morgue
02-11-2005, 03:52 AM
I'd like to see this film, but is it any good, is it gory, all the reveiws on amazon said it's great, but i'd like to get an idea from true horror films.
02-11-2005, 05:45 AM
ive heard alot of good things about too, but i can't it anywhere. It's a film ive been hunting down for some time now.
02-12-2005, 05:08 AM
It's on amazon, under the title of let corpses lie.
42nd Street Freak
02-12-2005, 09:29 AM
Without question one of the greatest Zombie films ever, and one of the few to go for explicit, full colour gore, BEFORE "Dawn of the Dead" was released.
George,(Ray Lovelock) is our hero, and on the way out of Manchester to a friends' cottage in the Lake District has his motorbike squashed by a woman named Edna (Cristina Glabo) who is on her way to see her troubled Sister who is fighting a drug habit with her Husband's help. So George invites himself into her car and off they go to the peaceful Lake District.
On the way George asks a farmer for directions and spots a strange machine sending out ultra sonic waves to make insects kill each other.
While George is away a zombie pays a visit to edna waiting in the car........
The setting (at least to a Brit) makes this one of the true really creepy Zombie films because it happens here in the UK, not on a tropical island, or Africa or even the States, but HERE, in the sunlit countryside!
The first sight of the Guhtrie zombie lurching into Edna's view is a true Euro horror classic, as he turns to face her with red, dead eyes and that superb rasping/moaning fills the soundtrack. This is a film that just oozes atmosphere.
It also benefits from one of the most likeable lead characters in the genre in the shape of George, who also has some great dubbing, the cockney accent put over him is a classic! It adds so much to the character as he delivers some fun dialogue; "And don't bugger me about"! Ahh...poetry.
Some great 'country accents' as well on the local yokels and the police.
And Arthur Kennedy is great value for money as the bigot cop, chewing up the cast as much as the Zombies!
Although not a gore packed movie, the gore on show is effective and well executed. The infamous 'breast ripping off' scene still has the power to shock, and the gut munching sequences and shots of various body parts lying around should keep gore hounds happy enough. The zombie make-up is also effective and is a case of the less the better. These look freshly dead and the simple prosphetics, putrid colouring and red rimmed eyes do the job nicely. And the 'autopsy zombie' is a wonderful design (even though he is a dead ringer for 'The Who's' Pete Townsend!).
The music by Giuliano Sorgini (the first horror film to have a stereo mix) is a major part of the films successful atmosphere (check out the even more freaky full score on the Soundtrack CD which was released as a double with fabio Frizzi's excellent "City of the Living Dead" score on the 'Beat' label) with the sound effects used for the Zombie moans (which are done by the Director himself) being especially effective.
A true Euro Trash classic.
02-12-2005, 09:47 AM
wow great insight 42nd street freak. im a big fan of british zombie films, the settings for them just add alot more atmosphere than the american zombie films which take place in built up city areas. Another great british zombie flick, imo, is The plague of the zombies, which is set in cornwall, not much in terms of gore and it uses the voodoo zombies, but for atmosphere and tension its one of the best.
07-26-2005, 09:57 AM
GREAT MOVIE. VERY GORY IF YOU SEE THE "UNCUT" PRINT (WHICH IS NOT THE ANCHOR BAY PRINT OF "LET SLEEPING CORPSES LIE". THE UNCUT VERSION IS THE PAL DVD IN IT'S BEST TITLE "THE LIVING DEAD AT MANCHESTER MORGUE"
07-26-2005, 11:21 AM
Good film, you'll see something that atleast I thought was funny near the beginning!
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