VALLEY OF THE ZOMBIES (1946)
Article #333 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 2-11-2002
Posting date: 6-28-2002
A man needs blood to keep himself alive, and kills and embalms his victims.
This was another stab by Republic at the horror market. It’s certainly better than the horribly dull CATMAN OF PARIS, with Ian Keith giving a ripe performance as Ormand Burks. Keith was apparently one of Lugosi’s rivals for the role of Dracula. There’s a lot of priceless silly dialogue here, but since the movie aspires to be something of a comedy, the laughs may be intentional. The Valley of the Zombies of the title is only referred to in passing; there’s only one Zombie, and he acts more like a vampire crossed with a mad doctor. A slight, but strange B horror flick.