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The 31 Greatest Horror Movies For Your 2005 Drunken Halloween Bash
(That Probably Cost Less To Make Than You Paid to Rent Out A Few Kegs*)
Horror Movie # 30:  Let Sleeping Corpses Lie

Halloween is a weird holiday. It's the only one where we celebrate spirits, reanimated corpses, and death (if you don't count Christmas). It's the one day out of the year where freaks can look normal and normal people go out of their way to look like freaks. And, best of all, it's a great excuse to pull out your stash of horror DVDs -- ranging from laughable low-budget garbage to quality low-budget classics -- and party like those dancing corpses in the Thriller video. Since many people consider a Halloween Party with the Scream trilogy and some Old Milwaukee a "smashing success," I figured I would put my unhealthy obsession with all things horror to good use and let the world in on the cinematic secrets to giving the best damn Halloween party ever! A new movie will be added daily, right through until the morning of October 31st! You can thank me later. Now, would be fine, too. Either way.


See, now this sort of thing just
pisses me off. Mel Gibson thinks
he can wait a couple of decades,
release The Passion of the Christ
and pass it off as his own.

Let Sleeping Corpses Lie
AKA: The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue
AKA: Zombi 3
AKA: Sleeping Corpses Lie
AKA: Don't Open the Window
AKA: Breakfast at the Manchester Morgue
Review written by: Alex Sandell

The Story

A hippy man and woman are accused of a series of grotesque murders.  They must try to prove their innocence by showing that it is the living dead doing the killing.  A naked woman with big boobs runs across a busy street.

How Many Beers Should Be Consumed Before Watching?

This one is better saved for when all the beer is swallowed and the party's winding down.  It's for true horror fans, only.  The zombie-like creatures still staring at the television, after everyone else at the Halloween party is either passed out or engaging in some early morning drunken fucking.  The casual horror fan wouldn't appreciate the film, with or without beer, so it should be left on the pile of party favors for the bleary-eyed horror freaks to watch when everyone else has had enough.  Trust me, they'll appreciate it.

Gore Score

Choosing between a score of "Light Bruising," "Recently Deceased," "Badly Decomposed" and "Puke-Inducing," Let Sleeping Corpses Lie gets a "Badly Decomposed" rating.  The film's gore isn't as hardcore as later zombie flicks, but it was about as nasty as things got pre-Dawn of the Dead.  There's enough squirting blood and gut-chomping to please all but the most diehard gore sluts.

Would You Like Cheese With That?

Horror movies can be "Easy on the Cheese," "Regular Cheese," "Extra Cheesy" or "Instant Cheese Based Coronary."  Let Sleeping Corpses Lie gets a "Regular Cheese," thanks to a few dumbass flaws in the story.  The concept of zombies coming to life because of a pesticide is just plain corny, and the explanation that a human's nervous system lives on after death like a plucked flower is laughable.  Also, zombies not showing up in photographs is never explained and fucking retarded.  Other than that, the movie is less cheese and more chilling.   

Drug Use 

With "Let Off With a Warning," "Pay a Small Fine," "Put on Probation" and "Go Directly to Jail" to choose from, Let Sleeping Corpses Lie gets "Let Off With a Warning."  You see some unused heroin and find out that one of the characters is a user. 

Sex and the Psycho

Horror flicks and sex go together like romantic comedies and crap.  A terror movie can be rated "Nun," "Curious Schoolboy," "Chick After 8 Beers" or "Paris Hilton."  Let Sleeping Corpses Lie is a "Curious Schoolboy," teetering on "Chick After 8 Beers."  The movie doesn't have much sex, but there is a scene of gratuitous nudity that is gleefully unnecessary and blessedly welcome.  At the start of the film, for absolutely no reason, a fully nude woman with big, floppy boobs runs across a street, streaking everyone.  To quote pre-prison Martha Stewart, "It's a good thing." 

When Should it Crash the Halloween Party?

This one is better saved for when all the beer is swallowed and the party's winding down.  It's for true horror fans, only.  The zombie-like creatures still staring at the television, after everyone else at the Halloween party is either passed out or engaging in some early morning drunken fucking.  The casual horror fan wouldn't appreciate the film, with or without beer, so it should be left on the pile of party favors for the bleary-eyed horror freaks to watch when everyone else has had enough.  Trust me, they'll appreciate it.

Will You Hate Yourself in the Morning?

Waking up from a night of partying can be downright depressing.  Waking up with a cheap horror movie in your DVD player can feel like "Sex With a Hotty," "Sex With Someone in Your League," "Sex With Your Sister" or "Sex With a Sheep."  Let Sleeping Corpses Lie is like waking up realizing you had "Sex With a Hotty."  The movie's the cinematic equivalent of waking up next to a super-model without a bad cocaine habit.  Director Jorge Grau has an incredible eye and creates a lavish horror spectacle.  The scene where the lead couple is trapped in a mausoleum is as intense as these sort of things get.  The wheezing, choking sounds the zombies make are hideous and terrifying (and were later ripped off in The Grudge).  The film has the strangled feeling of helplessness that George A. Romero captured so perfectly in Night of the Living Dead.  As a matter of fact, this is the scariest non-Romero zombie picture to be captured on celluloid.  Do not waste your time and money renting this one -- It's a must buy and belongs on every self-respecting horror connoisseur's shelf.

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Fellow horror hound?  Have any comments on this film?  Recommendations for the list?  Email Alex!

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