Oasis of the Zombies
Oasis of the Zombies (originally called L'Abîme des Morts-Vivants / The Abyss of the Living Dead) is a 1982 film directed by Jesús Franco for French producer Marius Lesoeur.
|Oasis of the Zombies|
French theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Jesús Franco (as A.M. Frank)|
|Produced by||Marius Lesoeur (uncredited)|
|Written by||Jesús Franco|
|Music by||Daniel White|
|Edited by||Claude Gros|
The plot involves treasure hunters who track down a lost fortune in Nazi gold in the desert, only to discover that the treasure is still guarded by the Afrika Korps soldiers transporting it, who have become zombies.
- Manuel Gélin as Robert Blabert
- France Lomay as Erika
- Jeff Montgomery as Ben
- Eric Saint-Just as Ronald
- Caroline Audret as Sylvie
- Henri Lambert as Colonel Kurt Meitzell (in the French-language version)
- Myriam Landson as Kurt's Wife (in the French-language version)
- Eduardo Fajardo as Colonel Kurt Meitzell (in the Spanish-language version)
- Lina Romay as Kurt's Wife (in the Spanish-language version)
- Antonio Mayans as Sheik Mohamed Al-Kafir
- Javier Maiza as Captain Blabert
- Albino Graziani as Prof. Deniken
- Jesús Franco as Zombie
Franco filmed a "Spanish version" simultaneously with the French version (under the title La Tumba de los Muertos Vivientes).
Writing in The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia, academic Peter Dendle stated the film has had a negative reception, but it "presents a simple, unhurried, and unpretending appreciation of zombies and their habitat, a fresh and provocative desert landscape." Ian Jane of DVD Talk rated it 3/5 stars and wrote, "It's terrible, but somehow trance inducing in its own bizarre way." Gordon Sullivan of DVD Verdict wrote, "It's really a mess of tepid Eurosleaze masquerading as a zombie flick, and it doesn't even do that well."
- "L' ABIME DES MORTS VIVANTS (1981)". British Film Institute. Retrieved 2016-12-02.
- Dendle, Peter (2001). The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia. McFarland & Company. pp. 128–129. ISBN 978-0-7864-9288-6.
- Jane, Ian (2013-02-09). "Oasis of the Zombies: Remastered Edition (Blu-ray)". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2015-02-07.
- Sullivan, Gordon (2013-03-08). "Oasis of the Zombies (Blu-ray)". DVD Verdict. Retrieved 2015-02-07.