Scenic Does Not Begin to Describe… – Zombie Lake (1981)

Zombie Lake is about a young Nazi zombie in love who rises from his watery grave to find his girlfriend no longer around. But lo and behold, he has a daughter and he loves her dearly or at least as much as an undead monster can feel. Too bad for him then, that the townsfolk who had thought they had killed him and all his Nazis buddies the first time around and dumped their bodies in the lake, use his little girl to lure them into a trap where they might be rid of them once and for all.

There is not a lot to love with this film. The production values are abysmally low and the zombies are a very bright shade of green, the special effects consisting of paint and little else. The acting is poor and luckily, there is very little zombie-lake-8dialogue within the entirety of the movie, almost as if they knew that nobody that worked on this picture could write any. Surprisingly though, the film does have a decent narrative and the direction is not all bad. The best part of the entire movie were the scenes that took place at the lake, whether above or below the surface. It was not simply because every woman who ever went there seemed to want to skinny-dip, but for the fact that that those scenes actually managed to be quite chilling. Watching the zombies rise from the lake-bed to grab at the feet of the women and start pulling them downwards was scary. Drowning is frightening enough, but to know that you are being intentionally killed on top of that and by Nazi zombies – it has to be one of the worst ways to go.

Some might think this film is not very good and for the most part, they would be right – it is not very good. There are parts though that are redeeming and while it does seem really cheesy and at times and utterly ridiculous during others, for whatever reason, once you start watching, it just sort of takes hold. A good thing? Sure. It would have been nice if the movie was a lot better though.

2.5 out of 5

3 replies »

  1. I’ll always have a soft spot for this one. It’s kind of hard to explain the charm. I think I saw it at the right time in my life (when copious amounts of nudity could just about anything).

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