VALLEY OF THE ZOMBIES (1946) Reviews and overview



‘Blood madness… out of the fog… into your heart!’

Valley of the Zombies is a 1946 American horror feature film directed by Philip Ford from a screenplay written by Dorrell McGowan and Stuart E. McGowan.

The Republic Pictures production Robert Livingston, Lorna Gray (The Man They Could Not Hang), Ian Keith (The Phantom of Paris; Fog Island), Thomas E. Jackson, Charles Trowbridge (The Mummy’s Hand), Earle Hodgins, LeRoy Mason, William Haade, Wilton Graff, Charles Cane.

The film makes reference to a zombie cocktail drink.

A shadowy figure climbs up and across a rooftop toward the office of Doctor Rufus Maynard (Charles Trowbridge). Inside, Maynard informs his partner, Doctor Terry Evans (Robert Livingston), and Terry’s girlfriend, nurse Susan Drake (Lorna Gray), that blood has again been stolen from the laboratory.

Once Terry and Susan leave, Maynard is abruptly confronted by the top-hatted figure. The threatening man identifies himself as Ormand Murks (Ian Keith) and reminds Maynard that five years previously, the doctor had placed him in a mental institute. Two years later, Murks was brought to Maynard for treatment, but he apparently died on the operating table of no apparent cause…


Reviews [click links to read more]:

” …it’s a spooky house movie, and a vampire movie, and a voodoo movie, and a mad science movie, all in just under an hour! With all those elements crammed so tightly together, I can almost forgive Valley of the Zombies for its conspicuous lack of both valleys and zombies. It’s even sort of a murder mystery …” 1000 Misspent Hours and Counting


” …this is yet another one of those post-war 40s efforts where noir was swallowing horror a bit. You can feel that genre’s influence more than any other, with Murks’s undead status being the only thing that even pushes it into horror territory.” Oh, the Horror!


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“Wearily predictable, the script seems to have exhausted its supply of wit in finding the name Ormand Murks for its mad undertaker.” Phil Hardy (editor), The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror



Choice dialogue:

“You’re more stubborn than my wife!”

“Dying is getting to be a habit round here.”

“You might need help. And I’m good at screaming.”