Le Lac des morts vivants (1980)

France, Spain,
35mm film, Eastmancolor, 1.66:1
mono, French

A French/Spanish horror film directed by Jean Rollin using the pseudonym J.A. Laser and an uncredited Julian Esteban.

Plot Summary

A platoon of German soldiers are ambushed by French villagers during and their bodies thrown in a lake. They later return as to take their while one of the undead seeks out his daughter.


* = uncredited

Directed by: J.A. Laser [real name: Jean Rollin]; Julian Esteban *
© Eurociné 1980 [credited on English language prints but not the French print]
Eurociné presents a film by J.A. Laser [real name: Jean Rollin] A Daniel White Paris, J.E. Films Madrid co-production
Producer: Marius Lesoeur
Associate Producer: Daniel Lesoeur *
Adaptation [French prints] Screenplay [English language prints]: A.L. Mariaux [real name: Marius Lesoeur]
Story: Julien Esteban [Julius Valery on English language prints]
Based on an Idea by: Jesus Franco *
Script Supervisor: Ilona Kunesova
Director of Photography: Max Monteillet
Underwater Photography: Henri Alliet in collaboration with Comex Pro
Editor: Claude Gros [French version; Maria Luisa Soriano [Spanish version]
Music: Daniel White
Make-up: Christiane Sauvage
Special Effects: Michael Nizza

Howard Vernon [the mayor]
Pierre Escourrou [the German soldier]
Anouchka [Helena]
Anthony Mayans [Morane]
Nadine Pascale [Helena's mother]
Youri Rad [real name: Youri Radionow] [Chanac]
Burt Altman [real name Bertrand Altmann] [Detective Moran]
Gilda Arancio [zombie attack survivor]
Marcia Sharif [Katya]
Yvonne Dani [Dany]
Jean-René Bleu
Jean Rollin [Detective Spitz]
Alain Deruelle [Pedro]
Britt Carva *
Fred Sanders *
Edmond Besnard *
René Douglas *
Julian Esteban *
Alain Petit [villager with flamethrower] *
Jean Roville [inspector] *
Claude Sendron [inspector's friend] *
Marius Lesoeur [villager with gun] *

Alternative Titles

El lago de los muertos vivientes – Spanish title
The Lake of the Living Dead
Het Meer der Levende Doden – Dutch title
Zombie's Lake
Zombie Lake

See also
Shock Waves (1977)

Extracts included in
Zombiethon (1986)



  • Cineinforme no.55 (April 1981) pp.11; 25; 59 – review; credits; article
  • L'Écran Fantastique no.19 (July 1981) p.77 – review
  • Fangoria no.203 (June 2001) p.67 – DVD review (by Michael Gingold)
  • Positif no.247 (October 1981) pp.59-60; 74 – article; review


  • Creature Features Movie Guide Strikes Back by John Stanley p.453 – credits, review
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.396, 399
  • Flowers of Perversion: The Delirious Cinema of Jesús Franco Part Two by Stephen Thrower pp.241, 246, 250, 251 – credits, notes
  • French Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Pulp Fiction by Jean-Marc Lofficier and Randy Lofficier p.39
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.217
  • Immoral Tales: European Sex and Horror Movies 1956-1984 by Cathal Tohill and Pete Tombs p.155 – review
  • Psychotronic Video Guide to Film by Michael J. Weldon p.635 – credits, review
  • The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia by Peter Dendle p.207-208

Other sources

  • Sex Shocks and Sadism: An A-Z guide to erotic horror films on videocassette by Todd Tjersland p.79 – credits, review