Review: Revolt of the Zombies

Posted by Cory Casciato On March - 12 - 2010

The pre-Romero history of zombie film is a litter of dull, sleepy films studded with the occasional gem. Revolt of the Zombies is not one of the gems. Revolt is the second zombie film from White Zombie director Victor Halperin but it lacks even that film’s somewhat dated charms and plays like a third rate ripoff of it. Clearly Halperin was out of ideas and hoping to capitalize on his previous success (he even “borrowed” the effect of superimposing Bela Lugosi’s eyes over certain scenes, despite the fact Lugosi is not in this movie).

Supposedly, Revolt is the tale of an expedition to discover the source of a zombie-creating agent to make an army of zombie super soldiers. There is one cool early scene of a horde of Cambodian zombie soldiers getting shot at and not dying or even reacting. Neat! In reality, the rest is a turgid, melodramatic love story about a guy, the girl he loves, and his best friend. Who she loves, naturally. Blech. Anyway, the guy who loves the girl learns the zombie secret and uses it to … try to get the girl. Really?

He controls everyone around him but the girl, creating a massive zombie army. And uh, does nothing with it. Then he realizes she will never love him, he releases his zombies (they aren’t dead, just hypnotized into a mindless, obedient state) and they turn on him. The end. Lame. Next time, more zombie army, less retarded love story, please.

Revolt of the Zombies/US/1936

Leave a Reply




About Me

The Inevitable Zombie Apocalypse is your source for daily zombie news and in-depth criticism, commentary and context on all things zombie -- zombie movies, zombie books, zombie games and everything else to do with the walking, running, biting dead. You can get more info on the About page, in the FAQ or just by spending a few days reading every piece of content here. You can also follow the site on Twitter or subscribe to RSS by clicking the horde below.



    CollageThe Gaze of UrsulaStay Quiet!Don't Slow DownRaving Mad ManA Crazy ZombieBelgrade Zombie Walk '22.Maman zombiea zombie trapped / Serbian Fantasy Film festival / zombie walk poster shotAntofazombie 2022Antofazombie 2022Antofazombie 2022Antofazombie 2022Antofazombie 2022A Zombie GazeSplicer for Halloween