Oh boy do I have a masterpiece for you today Retroghouls! So far we’ve seen: Robots, Barbarians, Tentacles, and Maniacs, but nothing comes close to this, a film so awesome that the director not only changed his name in the credits, but disavowed he was even responsible for it! What else could I be talking about but my #5 pick in my top 10 Films of all time: Zombie Lake!
I first became aware of Zombie Lake when a friend of mine proudly showed me a humongous box containing the VHS cassette of what he assured me was the most insane and awesome film ever created, and judging from the cover art, I couldn’t dispute his claims. A zombified Nazi was emerging from a toxic green lake, his hand reaching for comely lass. It truly was awe inspiring. Could the film contained within actually match the majesty of that image? Well, that depends on your definition of a good film.
Brought to us by J.A. Laser (in actuality it’s Jean Rollin), Zombie Lake is simply stunning…in its utter ineptness, but that is what makes it so appealing! The film is set in 1957 (but everyone and everything appears to be from the late 70’s), and concerns a small French hamlet that sits along “The Lake of Ghosts”. When women start to disappear in the vicinity of the lake, a reporter from Paris arrives to investigate. What she discovers is that a few years back, during World War II, a group of Resistance fighters ambushed a platoon of Nazis (ok..ok..one truck), killed them, and threw them in the lake..and now they are back for revenge! When the surface of the lake is disturbed, and believe me, every naked woman in France takes a dip in this thing (Don’t believe me? An entire woman’s volleyball team shows up, gets nude and hops right on into the lake!), the zombies rise again with murderous intent! There’s a bit of business concerning one of the zombies who, while alive, fathered a child with a local woman, but really this movie exists solely for zombie shenanigans and exploitative insanity!
Trust me on this, no more thought or care was spared on this then one would expend on a napkin. The underwater shots are all filmed in a pool, and you can see the walls in almost every shot! The zombie make up rubs off constantly, and absolutely no 50’s era period clothing or vehicles were displayed.
But does all of this make Zombie Lake a bad film? Not at all if you love to have a great time with a crazy Drive-In style flick! Granted, the nudity and violence won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you liked the recent Dead Snow, or the classic Shockwaves, you should check out what came in between! You can purchase Zombie Lake right here, so why not invite a few like minded friends over and have a blast! Extra special thanks to our own Sean Hartter for the awesome art that accompanies this article!
Next time we learn why we should always be loyal to our heroes! Stay Spooky!