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"I've never even heard of this movie, but it looks like the kind of thing collectors go crazy for. Expect $150'."

-Expert

FactsEdit

  • Fact 1: Originally released in Italy as "Rome Against Rome," War of the Zombies tells the tale of a Roman centurion fighting a crazed wizard with a zombie Roman Legion at his command.
  • Fact 2: With its low budget and stunt casting of a famous American actor (in this case, John Barrymore), War of the Zombies is a prime example of the 1960s pop cinema that spawned the "spaghetti western" genre.
  • Fact 3: Zombies originated in the cultures of Africa, where it was believed a person could be cursed into undead servitude by a powerful witch. Haitian Voodoo beliefs carried the concept to the Americas in the colonial era.
  • Fact 4: The word "Zombi" first appeared in print in William Seabrook's 1929 novel "The Magic Island," which sensationalized Voodoo practices in Haiti.
  • Fact 5: Flesh-hungry undead have appeared in mythology as far back as the Epic of Gilgamesh, in which the goddess Ishtar threatens to "let the dead go up to eat the living".

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