Tall, Dark, and Dead – 51 – Let Sleeping Corpses Lie / The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue / Non si deve profanare il sonno dei morti

Title: Let Sleeping Corpses Lie / The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue / Non si deve profanare il sonno dei morti
Year: 1974
Director: Jorge Grau
Leads: Cristina Galbó, Ray Lovelock, Arthur Kennedy

Favorite quote: “Of course, when we all die, only the scientists will survive.”

Thoughts: I think, after watching Let Sleeping Corpses Lie, that I’ve found the spiritual ancestor of 28 Days Later. (Also, Russell Brand’s father – the guy’s accent is amazing.)

This film, aside from being mainly about authority vs. non-conformist youth, drug use, and the environmental movement, features an illness (radiation poisoning, essentially) that results in symptoms that are eerily similar to those created by the Rage Virus. Affecting only dead bodies (the key difference) and infants – the latter due to their immature nervous systems, apparently – the illness leads to anger, aggression, and cannibalism. Awesome.

I especially appreciated the shots of trash and decay sitting right out in the open in 70s London, accompanied by a surreal image of a naked woman exiting a house and walking through the street, completely unnoticed by everyone. Pretty blatant way of saying, “Do you people not see the destruction of our world going on right in front of you?” Coupled with the use of a form of radioactive pesticide which ultimately induces the dead to rise against the living (generation against generation?), the environmental message becomes very clear.

Links: Let Sleeping Corpses Lie at IMDB
Let Sleeping Corpses Lie on Wikipedia

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