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32 Days of Halloween IV, Day 30: Trailers of the Living Dead!

Christopher Lee in Castle of the Living Dead

Today has been traditionally a day we kick off with zombie goodness. And most recently, it’s been trailers.

So okay, admittedly, there’s no zombies in this (snippet?/Japanese trailer?) for the 1964 Italian flick, Castle of the Living Dead. Not even any version of the wide-eyed hypnotized zombies that came before Romero. No, instead it’s just the taxidermy of Psycho taken to a crazed extent. And it’s sort of hard to get anything out of this…whatever this is, but it does have Christopher Lee and Donald Sutherland in what I believe is his first major role in a feature film. So you have to give respect to that.

Castle is available on DVD from Amazon.

Oh hey, here we go: people crawling out of graves! Severed hands stirring! Crazy deaths! Plague! It’s the awesomely titled Terror-Creatures From the Grave from 1965, “inspired by” (more like “insinuated by somebody who once wrote something down on a cocktail napkin while trying to remember how to spell”) Edgar Allan Poe.

Terror-Creatures is also available on DVD from Amazon.

And last but not least, Let Sleeping Corpses Lie, or as I’ve more properly known it: The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue. Just be careful whenever you start screwing around with strange machines. And as I revisit this film, I ask myself: has anybody done the “HAARP is responsible for zombies” scenario yet?

Manchester Morgue is available from Amazon either as a DVD or Blu-Ray.

In 2009, we were checking out The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave and Tombs of the Blind Dead. In 2008, it was Shock Waves and Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things. And in 2007, we were getting educated on zombie survival tactics.