Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (Non si deve profanare il sonno dei morti)

Date: 1974
Director: Jorge Grau
Production Company: Star Films S.A., Flaminia Produzioni Cinematografiche

Stars: Cristina Galbó, Ray Lovelock, Arthur Kennedy, Aldo Massasso, Giorgio Trestini
Location(s): Cheshire, Cumbria, Derbyshire, Greater Manchester

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Storyline:

A cop chases two hippies suspected of a series of murders but unbeknownst to him, the real culprits are the living dead.

Additional Information:

Also known as ‘Breakfast at Manchester Morgue’, ‘The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue’ (UK and US Title), ‘Don’t Open the Window’ (US Title) plus many more.

With thanks to Simon Taylor of website Realm of Horror (http:www.realmofhorror.co.uk) for allowing us to use his screen captures and ‘now’ shots from his YouTube video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWfv_B5aoDk) showing the locations.

 

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During 2011/12, Simon Taylor visited a number of the locations featured in this Spanish-Italian venture and captured sequences matching those from the film. We are indebted to him for permission to use extracts from his work.

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The location is Victoria Street, Manchester.

The view through the window of the the antique shop.

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Facing the site of Manchester's now demolished Exchange railway station from Victoria Street.

George Meaning (Ray Lovelock) mounts his motorcycle and rides away from the shop.

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Looking towards Deansgate from Victoria Street with Manchester Cathedral on the left.

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This is the first of several captures from the film that don't feature in Simon's excellent video. Andrew Parker advises that the camera was sat at the end of Parker Street looking towards Portland Street at the junction of Aytoun Street. (RL)

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The journey passes through Manchester streets. Andrew also tells us that the Pharmacy is on Bridge Street (the clue was in the name over the door he admits) and is now called 'Swoon' and the round topped double doors remain, but of a changed colour.

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Located by Mark Scott this is outside the Corn Exchange in Manchester at the junction of Cannon Street and Corporation Street. Cannon Street was lost when the area was reconstructed following the 1996 bombing.

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Images of the countryside and urban pollution are interspersed with George's ride.

This is Piccadilly Bus Station, Manchester M1.

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Somewhere here I believe. (PW)

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Mark Scott identifies this as the corner of Tib Street and Church Street, where the multi-story car park is, and recalls that there used to be fruit and veg sellers outside the car park when he was a kid.

The Streaker . . .

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The West Door of Manchester Cathedral on Victoria Street, from Simon's video.

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After being stopped by a traffic signal, the lights change and George speeds away.

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Looking south on Deansgate towards the junction with Whitworth Street between the railway bridges.

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Facing north on Deansgate in Manchester.

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George leaves the city behind.

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At a service station en route to the Lake District, Edna (Cristina Galbó) apologises after reversing her car into George's bike.

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George gathers his belongings and demands a lift. This and the following captures are from Simon's video.

The Garage . . .

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On the A590, west of Levens in Cumbria.

The Stepping Stones . . .

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Filmed at Dovedale National Trust Park in Derbyshire.

Edna (Cristina Galbó) lights a cigarette.

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Dovedale in Derbyshire's Peak District. The location is virtually unchanged after almost 40 years.

Guthrie (Fernando Hilbeck) appears.

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The gate and old wall still stand.

George stands on the opposite bank of the river to Edna's mini.

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The stepping stones over the River Dove at Dovedale.

The Farm . . .

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Lewis Farm was played by The Waterings Farm, three miles south-west of Dovedale on the Derbyshire / Staffordshire border.

Edna drives through Stonegate.

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Facing Back Street from Market Place in Castleton, Derbyshire.

The mini carries on through the village.

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Looking towards The Stones from Market Place in Castleton.

The Shop . . .

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Still called 'The Old Barn'. Market Place, Castleton in the Hope Valley.

Edna gets into the car.

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Market Place with The Stones in the background.

The Old Owl Hotel . . .

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Actually The Castle on Castle Street in Castleton.

George and Edna in the hotel car park.

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The Castle, Castleton in Derbyshire.

The pair collect their bags before entering the hotel.

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The Castle on the corner of Castle Street and Cross Street, Castleton.

The Church . . .

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The church was a matte shot of Winnats Pass, one mile west of Castleton. The location also features in the Children's Film Foundation's 'Out of the Darkness'.

The Church Entrance . . .

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A set constructed for the film on Arthurs Way, almost opposite Speedwell Cavern near Castleton in Derbyshire.

The Churchyard . . .

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St. Michael's church in Hathersage, Derbyshire.

George and Edna explore the church yard.

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St. Michael's church on Church Bank, Hathersage. The legendary Little John of Robin Hood fame is reputed to be buried in the church yard.

The two discover steps to the crypt.

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In reality, the entrance is for the church's boiler room.

Southgate Hospital . . .

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The derelict Barnes Hospital in Cheadle, Greater Manchester.

George and Edna arrive at the hospital.

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Original poster, British quad size, 65cm x 100cm, about 25” x 39”, good condition, normal folds, minor splits, cellotape stains and pin holes. € 50.00

Staff look on when the police turn up.

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The hospital, also known as Manchester Convalescent Home, closed in 1999. Whitby Close, Cheadle near Stockport, formerly in Cheshire.

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