Tuesday, March 15, 2016

LET SLEEPING CORPSES LIE (1974)

A young man is on his way out to the English countryside when a young woman hits his parked motorcycle at a gas station.  He catches a ride with her.  They get lost and end up in the middle of a zombie outbreak!  That might not sound like a lot of story, but it gets the job done. 

Although it's probably too slow for modern audiences, LET SLEEPING CORPSES LIE is a great zombie film filled with creepy atmosphere, beautiful scenery, satisfying special effects, cool old buildings (the church/graveyard and the hospital were especially awesome), a tight script and a totally badass soundtrack.  I also enjoyed the political undertones: the hippie streaker, the experimental farming machinery causing the dead to come back to life, the fascist cop (played brilliantly by Hollywood legend Arthur Kennedy) versus the hippie protagonist, the various jabs at Christianity ("Look, it's not my fault Sergeant if Christ and the saints are out of fashion.", the one zombie who appears to be praying whenever he feeds, multiple references to Satanism, etc.) and so on.

LET SLEEPING CORPSES LIE has been a cult movie for decades, so I would figure that all of the horror fans have seen it by now, but if you haven't then do yourself a favor and check it out.  That first attack at the stepping stones is legendary! Would make a fun double-feature with BURIAL GROUND.
"You're all the same, the lot of you, with your long hair and faggot clothes. Drugs, sex…every sort of filth. And ya hate the police, don't ya?"  

"You make it easy."