Zombie Walks (Im Banne des Unheimlichen), The

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The Zombie Walks
(Im Banne des Unheimlichen)
Im Banne des Unheimlichen Poster.jpg
Original German Poster
Country GER.jpg West Germany
Directed by Alfred Vohrer
Release Date 1968
Language German
Studio Rialto Film
Distributor Constantin Film
Main Cast
Character Actor
Inspector Higgins Joachim Fuchsberger
Peggy Ward Siw Mattson
Sir Cecil Ramsey Wolfgang Kieling
Mr. Scott Pinkas Braun
Ramiro Peter Mosbacher
Adela Claude Farell
Sir Arthur Hubert von Meyerinck
Dr. Brand Siegfried Rauch

The Zombie Walks (Im Banne des Unheimlichen (literally "Under the Spell of the Unknown"; DVD title The Hand of Power) is a 1968 German detective movie directed by Alfred Vohrer and very loosely based on the 1927 novel "The Hand of Power" by Edgar Wallace. Oliver Ramsey is killed in an airplane crash. During the funeral, eerie laugh sounds from inside the coffin. Soon a mysterious person dresses up in a skeleton costume begins murdering people who are connected with Ramsey family, using a poison-filled scorpion-shaped ring. Sir Cecil, the brother of the deceased, suspects that his brother isn't really dead. Inspector Higgins (Joachim Fuchsberger) teams with reporter Peggy Ward (Siw Mattson) to investigate the case.

The film is the 26st installment in the Rialto Film studio Edgar Wallace film series (1959-1972).


The following weapons were used in the film The Zombie Walks (Im Banne des Unheimlichen):


Mauser HSc

A Mauser HSc is Inspector Higgins' (Joachim Fuchsberger) handgun. Nurse Adela (Claude Farell) holds Higgins' pistol in the final scene.

WWII Nazi German produced Mauser HSc - .32 ACP (7.65x17mm)
Inspector Higgins draws his pistol when he hears suspicious sound in Ramsey's crypt.
The grips of the pistol are seen.
Higgins holds the pistol in the final scene.
Adela holds the pistol.

Quadruple Handgun

When Inspector Higgins and Peggy Ward (Siw Mattson) pursue a stranger in the attic of the castle, Peggy arms herself with a large quadruple handgun. It is seen mostly in darkness so it's hard to say if this is a quadruple pistol or a pepperbox revolver. What is seen allows to guess that this is the same custom gun that is used in Eurowestern Thunder at the Border of Winnetou film series, made by same studio two years earlier.

Peggy spots the gun, hanging on the attic.
Peggy fires. The barrel block with four muzzles are seen.
Im Banne des Unheimlichen-Pistol-3.jpg
Peggy uses the gun as a club.
When the light is on, the grip of the gun is seen.

Sten Mk II

"The Laughing Corpse" (SPOILER! Highlight to see description) Oliver Ramsey alias Ramiro (Peter Mosbacher)) uses a Sten Mk II in the final scene.

Sten Mk II (Canadian) - 9x19mm
The barrel of the Sten appears from a specially prepared tube in the crypt.
"The Laughing Corpse" aims the Sten.
Im Banne des Unheimlichen-Sten-3.jpg
"The Laughing Corpse" runs with the Sten in hands.

See Also

Edgar Wallace
Pre-WWII Films
Edgar Wallace Mysteries (1960–1965) 47 films
Other 1940s-1970s British films and TV series
Rialto Film (1959-1972) Face of the Frog (1959)  •  The Crimson Circle (1960)  •  The Terrible People (1960)  •  The Green Archer (1961)  •  The Dead Eyes of London (1961)  •  The Devil's Daffodil (1961)  •  The Forger of London (1961)  •  The Strange Countess (1961)  •  The Puzzle of the Red Orchid (1962)  •  The Door with Seven Locks (1962)  •  The Inn on the River (1962)  •  The Squeaker (1963)  •  The Black Abbot (1963)  •  The Indian Scarf (1963)  •  Room 13 (1964)  •  The Curse of the Hidden Vault (1964)  •  The Ringer (1964)  •  Traitor's Gate (1964)  •   Again the Ringer (1965)  •  The Sinister Monk (1965)  •  The Hunchback of Soho (1966)  •  The Trygon Factor (1966)  •  Creature with the Blue Hand (1967)  •  The Monk with the Whip (1967)  •  The Horror of Blackwood Castle (1968)  •  The Zombie Walks (1968)  •  Gorilla Gang (1968)  •  The Man with the Glass Eye (1969)  •  Double Face (1969)  •  Angels of Terror (1971)  •  What Have You Done to Solange? (1972)  •  Seven Blood-Stained Orchids (1972)
Harry Alan Towers' British-German Film Series Death Drums Along the River (1963)  •  Coast of Skeletons (1965)  •  Circus of Fear (1966)  •  Five Golden Dragons (1967)
German Kurt Ulrich-Film and CCC-Film Productions The Avenger (1960)  •  The Curse of the Yellow Snake (1963)  •  The Devil Came from Akasava (1971)

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