It’s a bad thing not recognize children paternity. Less bad, but
always strange is not recognize the paternity of a movie, because
movies are quite like children.
For years, the man who have signed the direction of this movie, with
the name J.A. Laser, has always denied any connection with this work.
After watching this movie well-know as "Zombie Lake", we also
understand and we fraternize with Jean Rollin, the one that for years
has tried to deny the paternity.
Must be said that the fault of this disaster is not only of Rollin, but
also Jess Franco is guilty. The great Spanish director wrote a
screenplay based on a story by Julian Esteban. Probably (we can only
imagine), realizing the result, he leaves the project.
The Eurociné staff, asking then to Jean Rollin, who accept
without having read the script with serious attention. And so with the
signing of J.A. Laser, we have the great Jean Rollin in a work worse
than his porn, although here he has the honor to work with the
legendary Howard Vernon.
We love "B Movies" as you know but in this one nothing is in the right
place. It’s a chaos. Everything is put at random, in a incoherent
There are also many naked bodies and some soft-core scene, with the
first powered by girls(components of a basketball team) who are
swimming in "Le Lacs Des Morts Vivants", and are hunted in a very funny
way by the zombies emerging from the lake.
Yes from a lake, as the title suggests, and everything happens one day,
without a reason, when a girl mysteriously disappears after taking a
bath (naked). On this fact investigates a journalist who knows the
legend of the "Lake of the Dead", while the mayor of the town (Vernon),
as a good politician minimizes the incident.
The situation day by day becomes more tragic (comic), because zombies
are really Nazi soldiers killed during World War II. The reason of
their awakening is
is never revealed, but we know, thanks to a simple line, that the lake
is cursed and was already used in the Inquisition years to hide the
Victims of these monsters are the bathers, and the citizens. But
victims are us too, that apart from seeing the Nazi-zombies wandering
wide-eyed and stiff hike seeking revenge, and the people who often look
in the camera, we have to see even a love story.
It’s nad not recognize the children as said at the beginning, and
you can say everything bad about Nazi-zombies except not try love
for their children, and here we see sweet reunion. Too much sweet and
too much boring.
Just like the whole film, which could end in forty minutes in which
everything happens and is told. But no, bad directing, bad acting and
zombie make-up made with a poor carnival green color put on the faces
of the actors. We regrets not having watched a porn Rollin, it’s
better to being discovered with a porn movie, than with this movie.
Technical Data Sheet
Title: Zombie Lake
Alternative titles: Zombie Lake (Argentina, Title in English, Italy,
USA), El lago de los muertos vivientes El lago de los zombies (Spain),
I limni ton zontanon nekron (Greece), Lebenden Sumpf der Toten
(Germany), The Lake of the Living Dead (Indefinite), Zombies Lake
(European title in English), Zombik tava (Hungary)
Director: J. A. Laser (Jean Rollin)
Cast: Howard Vernon, Pierre-Marie Escourrou, Anouchka, Antonio Mayans,
Nadine Pascal, Youri Radionow, Bertrand Altmann, Gilda Arancio.
Duration: 93 '
Production Company: Eurociné, J. E. Film (Julian Esteban Films)