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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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Jeff Clark
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Mona Harrison
Autumn Russell ...
Jan Peters
Joel Ashley ...
George Harrison
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Dr. Jonathan Eggert
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Grandmother Peters
Gene Roth ...
Sam
Leonard P. Geer ...
Johnny (as Leonard Geer)
Karl 'Killer' Davis ...
Zombie (as Karl Davis)
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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TERROR ON THE AFRICAN VOODOO COAST (original poster - all caps) See more »


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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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The first freighter seen on screen has two masts. But when we look back again, it now only has one mast. See more »

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Jeff Clark: Do I look like I'm afraid of zombies?
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Zombies of Mora Tau (1957) **
10 January 2005 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

One of the sillier 1950s fright night flicks, and directed with little imagination. An unlikable search party arrives at a small African plantation with hopes of retrieving a cargo of diamonds from the bowels of a ship that was sunk some 60 years earlier. The only problem is that the treasure's being guarded by a small band of sleepwalking-style zombies (the original sailors who went down with the ship when it sank) and they've done a fine job so far of killing every other search party that has intervened over the decades. The elderly wife of the zombified captain is still alive and wants the diamonds too, but only to destroy them so she may give rest to her husband's wandering soul.

That description is much more interesting than the way the movie actually pans out, but at least we've got the stunning Allison Hayes to gawk at as she plays the bitchy babe with the killer figure. There are some very weird underwater simulations when the divers are attacked by the dutiful zombies, who somehow are able to walk straight across the ocean floor without floating to the surface. ** out of ****


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