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Shock Waves (1977)

Visitors to a remote island discover that a reclusive Nazi commandant has been breeding a group of Zombie soldiers.

Director:

Ken Wiederhorn

Writers:

John Kent Harrison (screenplay) (as John Harrison), Ken Wiederhorn (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Cushing ... SS Commander
John Carradine ... Captain Ben Morris
Brooke Adams ... Rose
Fred Buch ... Chuck
Jack Davidson ... Norman
Luke Halpin ... Keith
D.J. Sidney ... Beverly
Don Stout ... Dobbs
Clarence Thomas Clarence Thomas ... Fisherman
Sammy Graham Sammy Graham ... Zombie
Preston White Preston White ... Zombie
Reid Finger Reid Finger ... Zombie
Mike Kennedy Mike Kennedy ... Zombie
Donahue Guillory Donahue Guillory ... Zombie
Jay Maeder ... Zombie
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Storyline

This horror movie concerns a shipwrecked yachting party. Rose and her fellow yacht-mates, including the captain run aground on an island when they hit an odd-looking freighter. Once beached, they meet up with an aging SS Commander who had been in charge of a crew of zombies. Written by Ørnås

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Taglines:

Once They Were Almost Human! Beneath the living... Beyond the dead... From the depths of Hell's Ocean! The Deep End of Horror!

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Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi

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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 July 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shockwaves See more »

Filming Locations:

Biscayne Bay, Florida, USA See more »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Zopix Company See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

There are actually eight actors playing eight different zombies in the film, although it appears that there are many more. See more »

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When Rose is sitting alone in the boat as it starts to drift away from the group, the boom and mike are briefly visible over Keith's head as he begins calling to her. See more »

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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Zombie Lake (2008) See more »

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Quietly effective, low budget shocker
27 December 2004 | by fertilecelluloidSee all my reviews

Ken Wiederhorn, who went on to direct the dull EYES OF A STRANGER, hits celluloid paydirt with this thoughtful, creepy and lyrical horror flick.

Mostly a work of effective moments, its images of dead Nazi soldiers emerging from the sea and advancing towards a distant shoreline have never left me or lost their power to evoke a sense of horror.

The story is a simple one, as the best horror stories are. Members of The Death Corps, an SS unit never apprehended by Allied Forces, return to menace holidaymakers with a little help from a friend.

The moderate pacing works in favor of the off-kilter narrative and the numerous sequences in which the undead soldiers attack the living are swift and highly effective.

Peter Cushing turns in a small but sincere performance, as does genre stalwart John Carradine.

Score by Richard Einhorn is memorable.

SHOCK WAVES has nothing in common with recent Hollywood horror films, but it has plenty in common with mostly unseen (outside their country of origin) Japanese horror outings such as LIVING SKELETON.


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