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THE GRAPES OF DEATH (1978) ** ½

Jean (Living Dead Girl) Rollin directed this twist on the usual zombie legend. It owes more to George Romero’s The Crazies than to his Night of the Living Dead. In a small French town, the local vineyard hands out wine that’s been contaminated by pesticides that turns the locals into zombies. Well, not zombies per se, but stumblebums with large pus filled sores that attack and mutilate “normal” folk. Brigitte (Faceless) Lahaie co-stars as a sexy nanny who promptly undresses to show that she doesn’t have any incriminating sores on her body. Rollin makes sure that Lahaie, and the other ladies in the cast show off their bodies too, but there’s considerably less skin than your usual Rollin flick. While the film has its moments (a pretty convincing severed head is the gore highlight), Rollin’s pacing is about as slow moving as the zombies themselves. It probably would make a good double feature with another pesticide turning people into zombies flick, Let Sleeping Corpses Lie. Rollin was also responsible for the classic Nazi zombie flick, Zombie Lake.

AKA: Les Raisins de la Mort. AKA: Pesticide.
Tags: g, horror, zombie
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