Domain of the Dead by Iain McKinnon

By Iain McKinnon

The area is useless, gobbled via a deadly disease of reanimated corpses.

In a crumbling urban Sarah, Nathan, and a band of survivors barricade themselves within a warehouse surrounded via a sea of shambling putrefaction. Days in seclusion blur by means of, and their nutrients is sort of long gone. the gang is confronted with attainable deaths: creeping hunger, or the undead outdoor the warehouse.

As Sarah stands at the fringe of the warehouse roof getting ready to step out into oblivion she spots a glimmer of wish. within the distance a helicopter techniques town ... yet is it the salvation the survivors were looking ahead to? And do they dare try to struggle their approach in the course of the mass of contaminated lifeless to arrive it?

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However, while performing the procedure with the help of his assistant (and lover) Monique, Levin falls in love with Jeanette. As the treatment proves to be only temporary, Levin determines to save Jeanette’s beauty at all costs. Since the doctor gets the serum from young women’s glands, he needs to kill for her sake. To do so, Levin injects himself with another serum, which turns him into a ferocious monster, and goes on a killing spree to get the glands he needs. However, Jeanette’s exboyfriend Pierre starts looking for her, and leads the police onto Levin’s tracks… Released in Italy a mere eight days after Black Sunday, Anton Giulio Majano’s Atom Age Vampire looks as if it belonged to a different decade, in the sense that it is closer to I Vampiri in its expunging of supernatural elements in favor of pseudo-scientific ones.

Strock); the script calls for a pseudo-scientific explanation for Levin’s experiments and references to Hiroshima, including a scene where Alberto Lupo shows the inspector (Ivo Garrani) pictures of horribly disfigured survivors,2 while the plot twist that has Levin’s murders attributed to a gorilla escaped from the zoo is a throwaway nod to Edgar Allan Poe’s story “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”; finally, the doctor is given an Igor-like mute assistant named Sasha, whose sole purpose in the movie is seemingly to provide the good doctor with a final comeuppance.

However, especially in the sequence when Totò is hired as a cemetery caretaker in the wonderful Totò cerca casa (1949, Mario Monicelli, Steno), one could detect a patent diffidence toward Gothic paraphernalia, accompanied by a healthy, detached irony which was typical of Italian cinema’s approach to all genres. 2 Rascel (1912–1991) was an extremely popular vaudeville, film and radio actor, dancer and singer/songwriter who gained international fame in 1957 through his own song Arrivederci Roma (which inspired the film The Seven Hills of Rome, starring Rascel and Mario Lanza).

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