Revolt of the Zombies (1936)


The most important thing to keep in mind if you are considering this movie is that it was made in 1936.  "Talkies" have only been around for about ten years, so the actors emote through strong silent movie era body language.  The sets are stage-play simple and shaky rear projection is used extensively to place the action in distant mysterious Cambodia - often with less than convincing results.  Finally, the zombies here are the G-rated hypno-mind-control type.  Flesh eating undead zombies won't be along for another 30 years.

With all of that in mind, "Revolt of the Zombies" isn't a bad little film.  The story is straightforward and fast paced - revolving around an archaeological expedition's attempts to uncover the secrets of a zombie-making cult in the jungles of Cambodia.  General Duval, one of the team's leaders, has brought his lovely daughter Claire to the jungle with him.  Two of the young men on the expedition vie for Claire's affections.  Romance, betrayal, power, corruption, more betrayal, noble sacrifice, and zombies are the natural results.

If you're looking for a zombie film so squeaky clean that you could show it in church, spend 65 minutes with "Revolt of the Zombies".

I give it a five out of ten.