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The Undead (1957)

Unrated  |   |  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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A thousand years of naked terror! See more »

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Fantasy | Horror

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March 1957 (USA)  »

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The Trance of Diana Love  »

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$70,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The prop bats seen in the film are leftovers from Roger Corman's earlier film It Conquered the World (1956). See more »

Goofs

One of Smolkin's grimly comical songs includes a lyric about "a coffin full of germs". Pasteur's germ theory of disease is many centuries ahead of this film's medieval setting. See more »

Quotes

Livia, witch: No one has ever called me a witch!
Meg Maud, witch: And lived to see another witch?
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Featured in Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011) See more »

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24 July 2006 | by (Virginia Beach) – See all my reviews

Sure this is cheap, and sure the whole enterprise hangs on two pairs of costumed breasts. The devil. Time travel through hypnosis. Some very puzzling and complex causal mechanics, if you actually pay attention.

Corman tries to make sense, which is why In these sorts of things I always prefer Franco.

A woman is hypnotized and sent back in time. Ancient witchcraft intermingles with modern witchcraft, both represented by sexually open women. Two men "observe" and one goes back in time as well. The devil himself gets involved.

There's lots of interesting stuff here if you are a watcher — a few things about us as watchers both being in the thing watched and twisting the mechanics of what happens. Its a noir thing, that notion of the world bending to be interesting for the viewer and harming people in that world.

So you may find it mildly interesting. But really, if you are at all interested in this you'd do better with Jess Franco.

Ted's Evaluation -- 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.


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