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Zombies of Mora Tau (1957)

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Zombie-like, dead crewmen of a sunken ship have always prevented salvagers from claiming the wreck's legendary box of diamonds, but will a new group of treasure hunters succeed?

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Cast overview:
Gregg Palmer ...
Jeff Clark
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Mona Harrison
Autumn Russell ...
Jan Peters
Joel Ashley ...
George Harrison
Morris Ankrum ...
Dr. Jonathan Eggert
Marjorie Eaton ...
Grandmother Peters
Gene Roth ...
Sam, the chauffeur
Leonard P. Geer ...
Johnny - a Crewman (as Leonard Geer)
Karl 'Killer' Davis ...
First Zombie - in Roadway (as Karl Davis)
William Baskin ...
Zombie
Ray Corrigan ...
Sailor
Mel Curtis ...
Johnson - Crewman in Launch
Frank Hagney ...
Capt. Jeremy Peters - a Zombie
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Zombiefied sailors guard the treasure of a ship they went down with 60 years earlier. A group of sailors scoff at the legend, and decide to retrieve the diamonds from the ocean floor only to discover the hard way that there is some truth to legends. Written by Humberto Amador

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El fantasma de Mora-Tau  »

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The prologue to the story reads in part, "On a shore that time has forgotten - there is a twilight zone between life and death," - thus using the now iconic phrase "twilight zone" two years before the premiere of Rod Serling's classic show. See more »

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Throughout the film Jan and the other characters, including Grandmother Peters, repeatedly refer to Mrs. Peters as Jan's grandmother and Jan as her granddaughter; but when Grandmother Peters greets the members of the expedition upon their arrival by boat, she introduces Jan as her "great-granddaughter". See more »

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Jeff Clark: I may be a dumb diver but I got an A in arithmetic at PS-81... that's in New York.
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Odd, but entertaining zombie film from the 1950's!
23 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While in no way a classic film, "The Zombies of Mora Tau" is an important one in the development of the genre of "living dead" cinema.

It would take another ten years for a young director named George A. Romero to perfect the zombie film with "Night of the Living Dead", but the roots of that legendary film can easily be traced back to this production(and the Edward Cahn's other living dead flick, "Invisible Invaders").

The film wastes no time getting underway and is paced pretty well throughout. There's not much in the way of make-up, but some of the zombie sequences are fairly creepy. The special effects are dismal, especially in the supposed underwater scenes, but only add to the charm of the overall film.

The pedestrian acting does become grating in places. Allison Hayes, who was amusingly over the top in the 1950's classic, "Attack of the 50ft Woman", stumbles through the movie as though she wasn't aware of where she was half of the time. She does wear a very tight sweater however.

The rest of the cast seems to be on auto-pilot, reading their lines but without any real sense of urgency or importance. (Again - something not unusual in these B-pictures from yesteryear).

All in all, "The Zombies of Mora Tau" is a fun and nostalgic film, perfect for late night viewing with the lights off with a bowl of popcorn on your lap. Worth a look for serious horror buffs as well, especially those who are interested in the history and development of the zombie genre.

5 out of 10.


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