EROTIC NIGHTS OF THE LIVING DEAD
(LE NOTTI EROTICHE DEI MORTI VIVENTI)
Directed by Joe D'Amato (Aristide Massaccessi)
Written by Tom Salina (George Eastman)
Cinematography by Joe D'Amato
Music by Pluto Kennedy (Marcello Giobini)
Cast: Laura Gemser, George Eastman, Dirce Funari & Manlio Certosino
1980/112 mins/Color/2.0 Dolby Digital
1.85:1 anamorphic/English/Italy/NTSC Region 1
Review from the Media Blasters DVD
John, a land developer (Manlio Certosino) buys an exotic island and plan on building the biggest hotel of the region on it. Along with his beautiful girlfriend Fiona (Dirce Funari) and the best sailor of the region, Larry (George Eastman), they decide to pay a visit to the island filled with white sand, palm trees and much to their surprise two local habitants! A young woman (Laura Gemser) and an old man give them a warning but like every idiots in any movie they don't listen. Soon they find themselves fighting a group of zombies and... having sex.
The first 50 minutes or so of ENOTLD is almost only spend on badly shot and very uninteresting erotic sex scene between Certosino and Funari. Eastman also has is share of "action" but thankfully he keeps his clothes on! And did we really need to see Certosino's dick in the shower for 5 minutes?! Laura Gemser is totally wasted and does very little in the film. As for the other girls, they are there for one purpose only and that is to open their legs.
While the zombies are a little remiscent of Amando de Ossorio's Blind Dead serie and that the score is nicely put together, the film is a total bore. I had all the troubles in the world staying awake while watching it and it was only 1pm! Maybe the first ever Gorno (gore and porn) movie, Joe D'Amato's EROTIC NIGHTS OF THE LIVING DEAD has been sought after by horror fans for years. The fact that the film was hard to find and the "mystery" around it gave it a reputation that the film simply doesn't deserve. Don't get me wrong, I love European horror but this piece of celluloid crap needed a better editing, pacing, acting and more especially more sensual and better executed sex scenes. Still I guess this is a must have for fans of sleasy horror and for fans to "complete" D'Amato's filmography on DVD.
Media Blasters present the film in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio and it is enhanced for widescreen television. The image has a little amongt of grain but nothing alarming. The colors are a little soft in some scenes but overall they did a great job with the look of the film. The problem with the disc is the rather poorly mixed audio track, it simply lack punch. Apart from the score by Giobini, everything else is a little too quiet.
The disc also features a few extras like "Erotic Sunny Afternoons of the Living Dead" which is basically a few alternate footage which happen to be useless. The trailer is presented as SEXY NIGHTS OF THE LIVING DEAD. We also get a stills gallery from the film and one on Laura Gemser featuring some photos from Playboy and some of the movies she's been in. There's also trailers for other Media Blasters DVD such as ZOMBI 2, EMMANUELLE AND THE LAST CANNIBALS, NIGHTMARES COME AT NIGHT and SLAUGHTER HOTEL. The movie is separated in 18 chapters, comes in a keep case with an inlay card. Please take note that a cut version of the film was also released by Media Blasters.
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Review by Kim Dubuisson. All Right Reserved. 2004. ©
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