A group of prison inmates in a chain gang obtain some experimental formaldehyde, and get high off of it. They later try to escape and are shot dead. They are buried, and rise again to kill everyone in their path, and to find more formaldehyde to get high from.
John Dullaghan as Sgt. Burns
Marland Proctor as Paul Johnson
The film premiered on August 1972, and was later distributed on VHS by Troma Entertainment. In 2004, it was featured on a 3-in-1 Troma DVD. In 2006, Troma released it as part of a 15-in-1 pack.
Writing in The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia, academic Peter Dendle said, "This scruffy low-budget production anticipates the pointless and depressing amateur zombie movies of the early '90s by almost twenty years." Glenn Kay, who wrote Zombie Movies: The Ultimate Guide, said, "It's all incredibly silly, campy stuff." On Evil Dread, the website rated Garden of the Dead 2/10 stars.
Bloody Disgusting included the film's poster in their list of the best posters for bad films.