Merry England is hardly the place people associate with black-gloved killers, bloodstained flesh, and gory deaths -- but the UK's The Guardian wanted to remind us that the genre did visit Jolly Old England for one classic film -- Lizard in a Woman's Skin. The article also mentions Jorge Grau's The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue as "an enjoyable lesser effort," however this giallo addict would like to remind readers that Manchester Morgue is a zombie flick and not a giallo film.
The film, more commonly known in the US as Let Sleeping Corpses Lie, was a Spanish-Italian co-production starring genre familiars like Cristina Galbó and Ray Lovelock -- but does not contain the same elements that define the Italian genre. Like Fulci's Zombi and Bruno Mattei's Hell of the Living Dead, the film was inspired by Romero's seminal Night of the Living Dead, and was shot in the UK with a largely British cast. Arthur Kennedy stars as the detective investigating a rash of violent murders and targets a few hippies as the culprits, but boy is he wrong. A pack of flesh eaters are being revived by radiation experiments. Bloodshed ensues.
Fulci's Lizard was made several years earlier than Manchester Morgue and tells the tale of Carol Hammond (Florinda Bolkan), who is a politician's daughter that becomes submerged in a series of psychedelic, debaucherous nightmares -- only to awaken to a real life criminal investigation surrounding her dead neighbor.
More on the differences between the horrors of the Brits and Italians after the jump ...