Spanning such cult zombie classics as Amando de Ossorio’s “Blind Dead” series, Jess Franco’s hardcore zombie “horrotica”, Jean Rollin’s rare yet sublime examples of the “zombie-Rollinade” and the extremely prolific Italian zombie cycle, the article examines a “golden age” of the Euro-zombie film of the 1970s and 80s within a broader historical, as well as formal and narrative, context of European erotic horror, a heady generic fusion and exploitation market niche which flourished in a period between the sixties sexual liberation and the eighties pornographic video boom. Common to these films of a daring and extravagant bygone era is the unusual and unexpected inclusion of explicit sexuality and full frontal nudity in an otherwise largely asexual genre and figure of the zombie, creating a frenzied and curious mix of excessive eroticism and extreme doses of blood and gore.

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