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Zombies of Mora Tau (1957)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | March 1957 (USA)
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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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 ...
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Leonard P. Geer ...
Johnny - a Crewman (as Leonard Geer)
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William Baskin ...
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Mel Curtis ...
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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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Columbia Pictures released this film on a double bill with The Man Who Turned to Stone (1957) with the tag line: "Warning - This is the Most Shocking Horror Bill Ever Shown!" 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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Sam, the chauffeur: [after hitting a particularly deep pothole] Sorry, Miss Jan.
Jan Peters: Sam, I think by now you'd know every hole in this road.
Sam, the chauffeur: I know all the holes, Miss Jan, but on this road there's no place to go but in them.
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Referenced in Zombie Lake (1981) See more »

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1950s zombie nonsense.
16 August 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

An expedition is launched to loot the treasure of a sunken ship off the African coast. But what the participants don't know is that their expedition is just the latest in a long line of failed attempts to obtain these highly coveted diamonds. The ships' long undead crewmen now exist as zombies and will kill anyone who comes near. Among the people on this trip are pragmatic hero Jeff Clark (Gregg Palmer), Dr. Eggert (Morris Ankrum), a professor who's writing a book, George Harrison (!) (Joel Ashley), ostensibly the man in charge, and Georges' wife Mona (Allison Hayes). Area local Mrs. Peters (Marjorie Eaton) knows the score, but George and company are just too stubborn to listen.

To start with, this viewer agrees that it's stupid how the surviving characters remain pretty clueless about the fate of one of them, despite Mrs. Peters' words. And those "underwater" sequences aren't exactly convincing. But otherwise, this is "good" goofy fun for lovers of silly schlock from this era. It might not have enough action for some audience members, but it has an irresistible midnight movie appeal and a sufficient amount of low budget black & white atmosphere. The zombies themselves are never too threatening. The cast gives the proceedings very straight faced performances; Palmer is a decent hero, Autumn Russell is pretty as his leading lady, Ashley is an amusing jerk, Hayes (otherwise known as the 50 foot woman) is hilariously bitchy in her part, and Ankrum as always is a delight to watch. It's a hoot to note the fact that these particular zombies are like Frankensteins' monster and have an aversion to fire.

Overall, this is deliciously daft horror, guided by prolific B director of the era Edward Cahn, that at least only goes on for a fairly trim 69 minutes. Ray Corrigan, who played the alien in Cahns' well regarded "It! The Terror from Beyond Space", appears here as a sailor.

Seven out of 10.


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