Tuesday, October 29, 2019

By the Gods!

Halloween week continues here at PEPLUM TV.

Today, it's WAR OF THE ZOMBIES (1964), also known as ROME AGAINST ROME, starring John Drew Barrymore, Susy Andersen, Ettore Manni, and Ida Galli.

This PEP is 100% horror. The cool story is about Aberdab (Barrymore) raising an army of dead Roman soldiers to attack, well, Rome. Thanks to his abilities in harnessing the powers from the goddess Electra, Aberdab is able to achieve this gruesome Apocalyptic plot (see GIF animation below). During the bloody climax, Roman soldiers fight against dead Roman soldiers and spirits of the dead. This is one of the darkest PEPLUM movies, not just in terms of story but also in the movie's looks and design. Finding a beautiful print of this original movie is impossible so one has to enjoy watching murky prints. As a fan of horror movies and PEPLUM cinema, this one is highly enjoyable even if the film's ambitions surpass its limited budget.

Rhama (Ida Galli), Aberdad (John Drew Barrymore) and Tullia (Susy Andersen) practice the black arts

Aberdad (Barrymore) raises the dead

Ettore Manni stars in this horror PEPLUM

Ettore and Ida Galli.


Anonymous said...

This is an interesting movie and I've always regretted that you can find a decent DVD of it. The one I do have is titled Rome Against Rome and it is on Substance DVD in the incorrect aspect ratio.

Tim Knight said...

This is why I love your blog! I'd never heard of this film before... but now I must track it down. Thank you for the great service you do!

TC said...

Never heard of it as War of the Zombies before. I do remember "Night Star Goddess of Electra" turning up on TV ca. 1970, either on the weekend Late-Late Show or the weekday afternoon "Million Dollar Movie"-type shows.