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Ramón Obón (writer)
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Release Date:
1959 (USA) See more »
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SEE!...The nightmares that fill the world of the psycho! See more »
Plot:
Two doctors make a pact in which they swear that the first to die will return - if possible - to tell the other how to get a glimpse of the afterlife while still alive. | Add synopsis »
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An effectively creepy and atmospheric tale of the supernatural See more (18 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Gastón Santos ... Dr. Eduardo Jiménez
Rafael Bertrand ... Dr. Mazali
Mapita Cortés ... Patricia Aldama
Carlos Ancira ... Elmer, the orderly
Carolina Barret ... La Gitana
Luis Aragón ... Dr. González

Beatriz Aguirre ... Rosario
Antonio Raxel ... Dr. Jacinto Aldama
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
J. Portillo
Abel Salazar
Lupe Carriles ... (uncredited)
Guillermo Álvarez Bianchi ... Don Anselmo (uncredited)

Directed by
Fernando Méndez 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ramón Obón  writer

Produced by
Alfredo Ripstein hijo .... producer
César Santos Galindo .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Gustavo César Carrión  (as Gustavo C. Carrion)
 
Cinematography by
Víctor Herrera 
 
Film Editing by
Charles L. Kimball  (as Charles Kimball)
 
Production Design by
Gunther Gerszo 
 
Makeup Department
Evangelina Garibay .... makeup artist
Agripina Lozada .... hair stylist (as Pina Lozada)
 
Production Management
Jorge Cardeña .... production chief
Armando Solís .... assistant production chief
Carlos Ventimilla .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Américo Fernández .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
James L. Fields .... sound
Rodolfo Solís .... dialogue recordist (as Rodolfo Solis C.)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Regino Cárdenas .... lighting technician
Lupe García .... camera operator (as Guadalupe Garcia)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Julio Chávez .... wardrobe
Consuelo Múgica .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Jorge Azcárate .... assistant editor
Raúl Portillo .... synchronization editor
 
Music Department
Galdino R. Samperio .... music recordist (as Galdino Samperio 'Cruci')
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Misterios de ultratumba" - Mexico (original title)
"Mysteries from Beyond the Grave" - USA (informal literal English title)
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Runtime:
Mexico:82 min | USA:71 min
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The English dubbed version of this film is believed lost. Please check your attic.See more »

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
An effectively creepy and atmospheric tale of the supernatural, 16 December 2006
Author: TheMarquisDeSuave from Worcester, MA

In my mind, Mexican horror films consistent of laughably campy schlock such as "The Brainiac" or "Doctor of Doom" (both of which are two of my favorite b-movies). That is why I was very surprised by "The Black Pit of Dr. M". Sure it has the low-budget limitations, but manages to be an effectively creepy and atmospheric tale of the supernatural. It reminded me a bit of the works of Mario Bava at moments, yet it predates "Black Sunday" by two years. One of the aspects I enjoyed about the film were the sets. They're all obviously created indoors on a studio back lot. But they manage to add a sense of dreamlike surrealism. The film is alien despite some obvious American influences. The otherworldly feeling I get from watching foreign b-films is probably what I enjoy the most about them.

The film is certainly not without flaws. I found the love story to be uninteresting and bit unbelievable. The scenes between Patricia and Dr. M's intern seemed to stop the film in its otherwise good pacing. The middle section of the film is weak and bogs it down. It is made up for however by an unrelenting beginning (the scene with the female inmate is a classic) and a truly fascinating ending. Plus, the shot of Dr. M's hand shooting up out of the dirt over his grave is a classic which has been imitated. (7/10)

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