Written by the prolific horror veteran Paul Naschy, and starring him in
multiple roles as usual, Vengeance
of the Zombies
is about ... (wait for it) ... zombies realizing vengeance.
Famous half-naked women are turned into zombies by evil voodoo rituals and made to kill their own family members,
all of whom have some connection to India. We see the story through the
eyes of Rommy, who is fascinated by a mystic named Krishna (Paul Naschy), despite the fact
that his brother (also Paul Naschy) has horrible burn scars and is not very
nice. She goes to visit them in the country, where the final act of revenge
and deification of the leader is to take place. Scotland Yard is cold on the
trail, as is Rommy's professor/author boyfriend.
Naschy wrote and starred in seven other films in
1973 alone. In his spare time that year he acted in three more films written by
others. As you can imagine, it is difficult to create great scripts when
churning out one per month. I found this story is far less than brilliant. The acting
doesn't help, and is especially bad in action scenes. The film does include some blood-drinking and bondage for those that enjoy that sort of thing, but I
found little or nothing to like.
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