The Undead (1957)

I watched the 1957 American International Pictures “The Undead” fantasy/horror movie on Svengoolie. A beautiful woman, Diana Love/Helene, is sent back in time, via hypnosis, where she is suspected of being a witch. Quintus, the psychic researcher responsible now needs to go back to that same place in time to save her. The film is based on the 1950’s book “The Search for Bridey Murphy”(a case where a housewife claims to be in a past life) by Morey Berstein (businessman that pursued an amateur interest in hypnotism all the way back to 19th-century Ireland as he coaxed a young mother into recounting a previous life as a woman named Bridey Murphy). The Undead was originally titled “The Trance of Diana Love” and was filmed in a converted grocery store in 10 days. The movie was produced and directed by Roger Corman (“The Pope of Pop Cinema”, Attack of the Crab Monsters, The Brain Eaters, The Little Shop of Horrors, The Wild Angels, Death Race 2000, Forbidden World, The Fantastic Four, Pit and the Pendulum).

Diana is played by Pamela Duncan (Attack of the Crab Monsters, Girls! Girls! Girls!) and Quintus by Val Dufour (was in the soap operas like Another World, Search For Tomorrow and The Edge of Night, Day Barrett on Gunsmoke). Other stars are Richard Garland (episodes of Dragnet, Constable Clay in Lassie, Cheyenne, Colt .45, 77 Sunset Strip, The Loretta Young Show, The Virginian), movies Panic in the Year Zero!, Attack of the Crab Monsters, he was married to Beverly Garland),

beautiful Allison Hayes (episodes of Gomer Pyle: USMC, Perry Mason, Bat Masterson, movies like Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, Francis Joins the WACS, Zombies of Mora Tau), Mel Welles (Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy, Attack of the Crab Monsters, The Little Shop of Horrors, Lady Frankenstein, The X from Outer Space, Chopping Mall),

Dorothy Neumann (episodes on Perry Mason, Otis’ wife on The Andy Griffith Show, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Dr. Kildare, Bonanza, The Red Skelton Hour, Gunsmoke, Mannix, Adam-12), Billy Barty (Bride of Frankenstein, Pufnstuf, Foul Play, The Lord of the Rings, Hardly Working, Masters of the Universe, Willow, UHF), Bruno VeSota (Invasion of the Star Creatures, Bucket of Blood, Attack of the Giant Leeches, The Brain Eaters, The Wild World of Batwoman),

Aaron Saxon (episodes on Gunsmoke, 77 Sunset Strip, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, The Lone Ranger), Satan was played by Richard Devon (3:10 to Yuma, War of the Satellites, The Three Stooges Go Around the World in a Daze, Magnum Force, Planet of the Apes, episode of The Monkees, Space Patrol, Gunsmoke, The Virginian, Bonanza, Daniel Boone, Lassie, The Twilight Zone, Rawhide)

and Dick Miller (War of the Satellites, The Little Shop of Horrors, The Wild Angels, The Trip, Wild Racers, Death Race 2000, Cannonball, Piranha, Twilight Zone: The Movie, Gremlins, The Terminator, Pulp Fiction, episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, The Flash, Fame). The Bat-Creatures used in the movie were leftovers from the film “It Conquered T=the World). This movie is OK and I’ll give it 2.5 out of 5 stars. For more information read Wikipedia, IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes.

Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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