The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue (also known as Let Sleeping Corpses Lie and Don’t Open the Window) is a masterful piece of 1970s zombie ridiculousness. Actually set predominantly in the Lake District, Manchester Morgue tells the story of Edna and George, strangers who become embroiled in a zombie outbreak caused by a machine designed to kill insects without the use of pesticides. Unfortunately for Edna and George, not only must they content with flesh-eating zombies, the local detective thinks they’re responsible for the gruesome murders.
Manchester Morgue has dated badly, it has some of the worst dialogue I’ve ever heard and some of the worst acting I’ve ever seen, with some truly dreadful dubbing, just to add insult to injury. Ray Lovelock deserves a special mention for his portrayal of George – he’s by far the worst. But for all that, it is fantastically enjoyable. There’s an original, if bonkers, story of the zombie origin, and if you don’t take it too seriously, the acting and dialogue is hilariously bad.
The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue is so bad it’s good. Or rather, so very bad it’s very good.