Human Italian Food

Let Sleeping Corpses Lie

In case you’re writing this down in your diary, the 1974 Italian gorefest Let Sleeping Corpses Lie is also known as The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue and Don’t Open the Window. I don’t like that last title. What if someone farted? You’d be forced to open the window.

Let Sleeping Corpses Lie

So it wasn’t a plague, virus, top secret military concoction or something from outer space that’s causing the dead to come back to life, full of hatred and hungering for all things living – it was the Department of Agriculture, those eco butt-heads. DoA invented a sub-sonic radiation sound pulse with the intention of eradicating ants and other stinky bugs from destroying apple crops in a small rural town way the hell outside of London. Turns out these radioactive sound waves not only kills ants, it revives the deceased.

Let Sleeping Corpses Lie

Once up and running, the zombies get right to work. No loafing around on company time for these flesh-eaters. Grisly encounters all over the place, but it’s the attack scene in a morgue basement (which looks more like a fruit cellar of the damned), that reveals an interesting take on the undead. Once reanimated, if a zombie has human blood on its hands and touches a fellow corpse on the eyelid, said fellow dead citizen returns to life and pursues you like a free sack lunch. The hell you say.

Let Sleeping Corpses Lie

The zombies are highly aggressive, a symptom of the sonic waves, which causes your brain to get all mad ’n stuff. The flesh eating scenes are extremely graphic for 1974 and are done in broad daylight. The word “icky” comes to mind.

Let Sleeping Corpses Lie

Once this thing picks up speed, it’s a twisting roller coaster of kidneys, spleens, lower intestines, upper intestines and the gunk that holds those things in place, splattering all over once previously clean clothes. Great ending, too. And just know the Department of Agriculture has plans to test their device near more graveyards. So, yeah – a bumper crop of zombies – and bug-free apples – for all.

One Response to “Human Italian Food”

  1. Really, this is a spanish movie directed by Jorge Grau and named “No profanar el sueño de los muertos”. A good and original movie. It was awarded in Sitges Festival that year

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