Im Banne des Unheimlichen

Im Banne des Unheimlichen (aka The Zombie Walks)
Directed by Alfred Vohrer
Produced by Horst Wendlandt
Written by Edgar Wallace
Ladislas Fodor
Starring Joachim Fuchsberger
Siw Mattson
Music by Peter Thomas
Cinematography Karl Löb
Edited by Jutta Hering
Release dates
  • 26 April 1968 (1968-04-26)
Running time
85 minutes
Country West Germany
Language German

Im Banne des Unheimlichen (lit. Under the Spell of the Sinister; English title The Zombie Walks, aka The Hand of Power) is a 1968 West German crime film directed by Alfred Vohrer and starring Joachim Fuchsberger and Siw Mattson.[1] It is part of a series of German screen adaptations of Edgar Wallace's thriller novels.


Scotland Yard's Inspector Higgins (Joachim Fuchsberger) becomes involved in a case that began with the corpse of Sir Oliver supposedly laughing from inside of his own coffin during his funeral. Soon people who were close to Sir Oliver start to get killed. Sir Oliver's brother Sir Cecil swears he saw his dead brother jaunting around the countryside in a skeleton costume. Higgins teams up with reporter Peggy Brand (Siw Mattson) and his bumbling chief Sir Arthur (Hubert von Meyerinck) to unmask the villain who is killing people with a poisoned scorpion ring.



The screenplay for the film is based on the novel The Hand of Power by Edgar Wallace.[2]


The FSK gave the film a rating of "16 and up" and found it not appropriate for screenings on public holidays. The film premiered at the "Europa" cinema at Oberhausen on 26 April 1968.[2]


  1. "New York Times: Im Banne des Unheimlichen". NY Times. Retrieved 2012-02-08.
  2. 1 2 "Filmportal: Im Banne des Unheimlichen". Retrieved 17 November 2014.

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