10. The Living Dead At The Manchester Morgue
Spanish made English zombie film The Living Dead At The Manchester Morgue is one of the lesser known of the 72. Whilst it mainly stands out on paper because of its wacky name, there’s very little about this movie that’s actually wacky. Heavily inspired by George A. Romero’s Night Of The Living Dead, 1974’s The Living Dead At The Manchester Morgue is a slow, atmospheric zombie movie that may actually be one of the best zombie films of the 1970s. It’s not as frantic as other 70s zombie movies such as Dawn Of The Dead or Zombie Flesh Eaters, as it pays more attention to intense character drama than blood or gore. Yet, it was banned like many others in 1984.
It’s a real shame, because this partly-British movie should have shone in the 70s. It was a prime example of how Britain can be a perfect landscape for horror movies, something that was perfectly captured in 1981’s An American Werewolf In London. Even saying that, The Living Dead At The Manchester Morgue was nowhere near as violent as An American Werewolf In London, yet it was banned in 1984 and John Landis’ opus was not. It’s a very unfair affront to all horror fans.