What classic films lack in special effects, they make up for in story and atmosphere. Teenage Zombies is a classic and one every zombifile should see!
Teenagers Reg, Skip, Julie, and Pam go out for an afternoon of water skiing on a nice day. They come ashore on an island that is being used as a testing center for a scientist and agents from “an eastern power.” They seek to turn the people of the United States into easily controlled zombie like creatures. The agents steal Reg’s boat, stranding the teens on the island. The four friends are then held captive in cages able only to speculate on their fate. Though they have already been testing the formula on convicts and drunks, the enemy scientist and agents plan to conduct final tests on the teens before they use it on the rest of America. Meanwhile, two of their friends, whom the captives had planned to meet later, search for their missing friends. After a series of suspicious encounters, they urge the corrupt sheriff to search the island where their friends are trapped.
My Rating: B
Interesting Facts: Filmed took place in California’s Larchmont Studios in late 1956, but not released for over two years; the island and boat scenes were filmed at the Salton Sea so that location fees could be avoided; and director Jerry Warren married Brianne Murphy in Las Vegas in late 1956 and during their honeymoon there, he wrote the script for this movie (It was filmed over five days in early 1957 and may have been released before 1959.).