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Ramón Obón (writer)
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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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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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Also Known As:
"Misterios de ultratumba" - Mexico (original title)
"Mysteries from Beyond the Grave" - USA (informal literal English title)
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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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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Another Mexican Horror Masterpiece, 9 April 2008
Author: ferbs54 from United States

Mexican director Fernando Mendez' 1958 horror masterpiece "The Black Pit of Dr. M" originally appeared under the title "Misterios de Ultratumba" ("Mysteries of the Afterlife"), certainly a more appropriate appellation. In this film, you see, Dr. Masali, head of a rural insane asylum, coerces a dying associate, Dr. Aldama, to show him the secrets of the realm of the dead, and then return him to the land of the living. But poor Dr. Masali should have known that when you make a deal with the soon-to-be-dead, things don't always turn out quite as expected! And they don't, in this very cleverly plotted story that conflates a predestined love affair, an insane gypsy woman, a cursed dagger, disfigurement by acid, transmigration and so much more. Rafael Bertrand is truly excellent as the obsessed Dr. Masali, and special praise must also be heaped on cinematographer Victor Herrera for his work on "Dr. M." His B&W nighttime photography (most of the film does transpire at night) is a thing of real beauty, replete with moving shadows and dense, swirling mists; his work on another of Mendez' horror films from 1958, "The Living Coffin," seems far more pedestrian, in prosaic color. "Dr. M" is the kind of film that serves up a startling plot twist every few minutes or so. I would hate to spoil things for any potential viewer by saying too much, but thus feel that this minireview is not doing this tremendous picture justice. So please just trust me on this one--this film should be required viewing for all horror fans. The fine folks at Casa Negra should be thanked for rescuing this little gem from obscurity, and presenting it via a great-looking, excellently subtitled DVD, and with many fine extras, too. Again, gracias, Casa Negra.

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