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The Undead (1957)

 -  Fantasy | Horror  -  March 1957 (USA)
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A beautiful woman is sent back in time via hypnosis to the Middle Ages where she finds she is suspected of being a witch, and subject to being executed.

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Cast

Cast overview:
Pamela Duncan ...
Diana Love / Helene
Richard Garland ...
Pendragon
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Livia, witch
Val Dufour ...
Quintus Ratcliff
Mel Welles ...
Smolkin, the gravedigger
Dorothy Neumann ...
Meg Maud, witch
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The Imp
Bruno VeSota ...
Scroop, the innkeeper (as Bruno Ve Sota)
Richard Devon ...
Maurice Manson ...
Prof. Ulbrecht Olinger
Aaron Saxon ...
Gobbo, the Jailer
Don Garrett ...
The Knight (as Don Garret)
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The Leper (as Richard Miller)
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Storyline

Two psychical researchers procure the services of a lady of the night and send her back in time under hypnosis. She finds herself in the body of a past existence - a woman in medieval times waiting to be beheaded as a witch. By avoiding this fate she unwittingly starts to alter history. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Terror... that screams from the grave! See more »

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Fantasy | Horror

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March 1957 (USA)  »

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$70,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The sets for the film were all built inside a converted supermarket. See more »

Goofs

"Stone" wall shakes noticeably during Gobbo and Pendragon's scuffle in the Tower of Death. See more »

Quotes

Smolkin, the Gravedigger: [singing] Three Witches have heads / But they'll sever them all / The head of Helen is the third that must fall / All the Kings horses and all the Kings men cannot put the witches together again.
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Pure Allison Hayes
6 December 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm a big Allison Hayes fan and have caught her in most of her horror films such as "The Zombies of Moru Tau" and the MST3K Classic "The Unearthly," but this movie comes a lot closer to trully capturing her presence than her really big hit, "Attack of the Fifty Foot Woman." She was mostly missing from that movie despite being the star and she wasn't given very many 'attack' scenes. In the "Undead," she plays a sexy witch called Livia [sometimes sounds like Lydia] who pines for the heart of a knight, but is waylaid by a time-traveling call-girl in the body of a past life. The Bridey Murphy/ Reincarnation thing was a big topic back then, but then it could have been a much different movie if the hooker had landed in Allison Hayes. This mostly condemmed movie was filmed in a studio that had been a closed-down supermarket which attones for the claustrophobic sense of the sets. Largely ridiculed by critics and true horror fans [not including the guys who prefer the slice-and-dice/body counts/heavy gore movies], this movie redeems itself in the end with a strange twist that really grabs the watcher, but even then, not that many people seem to respect that kind of ending.


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