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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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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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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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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A Masterpiece! Plain and Simple..., 20 February 2006
Author: gravelbreath from United States

The US release of this film was called "The Black Pit of Dr M." and was brought to the US (along with several other great Mexican horror classics) from Mexico by B movie maven, K Gordon Murray. As far as I am concerned this film is one of the absolute treasures of Mexican Cinema. How often would you hear that about a Horror film? Fernando Mendez's great horror masterpiece is so rich in atmosphere and boasts such beautiful, Gothic "mise en scene" that it looks like a true Gothic fairy tale painting has been struck right on the screen. I've seen scores of classic horror films and I have yet to see one that matches the almost over-the-top lush style and atmosphere that Mendez has created here. The setting is an old Hacienda, shrouded in mist, filled with exotic plants and photographed with such care it is almost mesmerizing to see. This Hacienda is an insane asylum headed up by Dr. M. When a spirit conjurer is called in to resurrect the life of a man who was wrongly executed, vengeance, murder and mayhem from beyond the grave ensues. A wonderful, supernatural tale, told in a lyrical yet almost surreal fashion combined with unrelenting, spooky visuals makes this greatly under-appreciated film an absolute must see.

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