Let Sleeping Corpses Lie – Spain, Italy, 1974

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Let Sleeping Corpses Lie is a 1974 Spanish-Italian horror film written and directed by Jorge Grau (The Legend of Blood Castle). Spanish title: No profanar el sueño de los muertos; – Italian title: Non si deve profanare il sonno dei morti (“Do Not Profane the Sleep of the Dead”).

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The film is also known as The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue, Breakfast at the Manchester Morgue, The Living Dead and Don’t Open the Window.

The film’s excellent score is by Giuliano Sorgini (Cries and Shadows; The Beast in Heat; Holocaust 2). The soundtrack includes lots of resonant heavy breathing and electronica.

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In Britain it was shown as The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue, despite the fact that most of the film takes place in the Peak District, not the Northern city of Manchester (which is only featured in the opening credits sequence). The protagonists are heading for Windermere in the Lake District but Winnats Pass, near Castleton, is as close as they actually get.

The movie stars  Ray Lovelock (Queens of Evil; The Last House on the BeachMurder Rock), Arthur Kennedy (The Antichrist; The Sentinel; Nine Guests for a Crime), Cristina Galbó (What Have You Done to Solange?; The Killer Must Strike Again; Supernatural).

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Antiques dealer George and his female friend Edna are travelling in the English countryside, on their way to visit Edna’s sister, when they run into some awful trouble with a murderous zombie. It seems that experiments with a new pesticide on local farmland have had the unfortunate effect of awakening the dead and turning them into ravenous, blood-hungry cannibals. George and Edna try to raise the alarm about the impending danger, but will the authorities believe such an unusual story?

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In the UK, in the 1980s, the film also became embroiled in the British video nasties censorship furore but is now legally available in an uncut form.

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Reviews:

“Definitely not for the squeamish, Sleeping Corpses does deliver the goods. This film excels in nearly every department, and is never a disappointment. Acting, writing, direction, and beautiful photography all come together to form an extremely entertaining end result.” Lawrence P. Raffel, Monsters at Play

“There is genuine artistry here, a gorgeous visual sense, a grim and serious and some pretty intense bloodletting for its time.” M. Walsh, Digital Retribution

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” … some fantastic gore effects from Giannetto De Rossi and an amazingly eerie score courtesy of Giuliano Sorgini and The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue comes up a winner. It’s a smart, stylish and scary zombie movie that holds up just as well in this day and age as it probably did when it was first made in 1974.” Ian Jane, Rock! Shock! Pop!

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This Brazilian retitling uses artwork for Italian film Graveyard Disturbance (1987)

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Choice dialogue:

Mechanic to George: “Well, you need a wheel. We’ll have to get that from Glasgow.” [as if the North of England wasn’t the spearhead of the Industrial Revolution].

George to Edna: ” Don’t get your knickers in a twist. I’ll be back soon.”

George to Edna: “The dead don’t walk around except in very bad paperback novels.”

Alternative titles:

  • No profanar el sueño de los muertos
  • Non profanare il sonno dei morti
  • The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue
  • Don’t Open the Window
  • Da dove vieni?
  • The Living Dead
  • Breakfast at the Manchester Morgue
  • Breakfast With the Dead
  • Brunch with the Dead
  • Weekend per i morti
  • Weekend with the Dead
  • Invasion der Zombies
  • Das Leichenhaus der Lebenden Toten
  • Levende Doden in het Lijkenhuis
  • Massacre des Morts-Vivants
  • Dejen que los Muertos Duerman
  • Zombi 3 – Da dove vieni?
  • Fin de semana para los muertos
  • Zumbi 3

Image credits: Crap Video Artwork

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2 Comments on “Let Sleeping Corpses Lie – Spain, Italy, 1974”

  1. The classic, counter culture zombie film. Love the ideas that help set it apart from the rest (the anointing with blood to create more zombies, zombies can’t be photographed, etc.). An essential Euro Horror experience.

  2. One of my favourite zombie flicks. Felt right at home living relatively close to where this was shot way back when. The thickly dubbed array of british accents only adds to my love of it if i’m honest. Full of subversive messages, especially for when it was made, somehow still make this film feel relevant even if its outdated in its approach. Great release by anchor bay with a substantial booklet and all the jugg shredding, noggin axing, gore, intact! Winner.

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