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The Walking Dead

Released Mar 14, 1936 1h 6m Horror Mystery & Thriller List
Reviews 57% Audience Score 250+ Ratings
An executed convict returns from the grave to revenge himself against the gangsters who framed him for murder. Read More Read Less

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Frank S. Nugent New York Times Horror pictures are a staple commodity, and this one was taken from one of the better shelves. Oct 18, 2016 Full Review Meyer Levin (Patterson Murphy) Esquire Magazine In this, exhibits the saddest face I have ever seen on the screen... Apr 17, 2020 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Creaky but entertaining supernatural thriller about bringing back the dead. Rated: B- Jul 29, 2012 Full Review John Beifuss Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) In film after film, Karloff functioned as a wanderer in the shadow land between life and death. If the movies he inhabited sometimes were considered juvenile, the subject matter that motivated them couldn't have been more adult, more profound. Rated: 3.5/4 Feb 17, 2011 Full Review Read all reviews

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Deke P 1936 !! BORIS KARLOFF!! THE WALKING DEAD !! WOW! Great title, they should make it into a TV series. Why have I never even heard of this movie. Until now, 2.11.22 !! It was on The Movie Channel. Giving it 5 RT stars. Note to sef: watch it again, & pay particular attention to A-Z. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review john m The lighting and look of this is great. Curtiz goes all in on the gothic horror elements and it feels like all the other classic Hollywood horror films of the time. It's also a little more psychological and political-driven than I would have thought, as opposed to just straight-up monster movie material. Unfortunately, it never completely explores all the themes it introduces but a fun, beautiful looking film regardless. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Classic creature feature with Karloff as a gentle musician who is wrongly convicted of murder. His revenge, though not intentional, is final. Excellent script, acting, and editing. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member It's hard not to compare this story to Frankenstein when Karloff is being brought back from the dead. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Audience Member Not to be confused with the zombie television series of the same name, Boris Karloff portrays a man falsely accused of murder, sentenced to the death penalty and restored to life by a mad scientist. What is it about Boris Karloff being brought back to life by mad scientists?. It's basically a gangster film until the last half hour--then the scary stuff kicks in. The film is very short -- 70 minutes -- and moves quickly. The film's best moments feature Karloff's zombie rampage which have a touch of irony about them - not least because of the way that every member of the gang dies by his own hand through accident rather than Karloff's. Stand-out scene is definitely the fantastic build up to Karloff's undeserved execution, as sad cello music plays and prison guards banter about baseball while a man's life hangs in the balance. Edmund Gwenn is also effective in one of his earlier roles as the doctor who brings Karloff back to life after he is wrongly executed: obsessed by an urge to learn what goes on after death, he drives Karloff on but the latter's only concern is to get even with the corrupt gang which set him up (including Ricardo Cortez's shady lawyer, Barton MacLane as one of his associates and Joe Sawyer as a hit-man, the real murderer). Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Audience Member No zombies here, but there is a good creepy little story about Boris Karloff being framed for murder and sent to the electric chair. He's then brought back to life by a mad scientist and Karloff is looking for revenge! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis An executed convict returns from the grave to revenge himself against the gangsters who framed him for murder.
Michael Curtiz
Louis F. Edelman
Ewart Adamson, Peter Milne, Robert Hardy Andrews, Lillie Hayward
Warner Bros.
Production Co
Warner Bros. Pictures
Horror, Mystery & Thriller
Original Language
Release Date (Theaters)
Mar 14, 1936, Original
Release Date (DVD)
Oct 6, 2009
1h 6m