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1959 (USA) See more »
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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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  (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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Very Creepy and Atmospheric Mexican Horror Gem, 27 February 2009
Author: Bensch from Salzburg, Austria

I cannot claim to be an expert on Mexican Horror cinema so far, but I certainly intend to dig out more films of the kind of this gem. "Misterios De La Ultratumba" aka. "The Black Pit of Dr. M"/"Mysteries From Beyond The Grave" of 1959 is an immensely moody Mexican Horror film that provides both a morbid and fascinating story and a genuinely creepy atmosphere. Occultism, mad science and the resurrection of the dead have always been some of my favorite Horror topics, and "Misterios De Ultratumba" unites all these elements in a very memorable and deeply uncanny manner. The atmosphere of this eerie gem is intensified by a haunting score, great Gothic settings and morbid makeup.

Dr. Mazali (Rafael Bertrand) and Dr. Aldama (Antonio Raxel) have made a pact that the first one of them to die shall come back and tell the other the secret of resurrection. After Aldama's death, Mazali, the head of a remote mental clinic, waits for the instructions of his dead colleague... This is only a very vague description of the plot, but I sure don't intend to give any part of this creepy gem's fascinating and wonderfully morbid plot away. The film, most of which is terrifically set in an old countryside insane asylum, maintains an intensely eerie Gothic atmosphere from the very beginning. The settings and visuals are great, old cemeteries and churches, heavy tombstones and foggy grounds provide the uncanny mood that my fellow fans of classic Horror should appreciate. The film provides morbidity, insanity and genuine scariness, all of which is intensified by the brilliantly intense and haunting score that boosts the creepiness each time it is heard. The performances are very decent, Rafael Bernard is good in the lead and Mapita Cortés is very nice to look at in the female lead as Dr. Almada's illegitimate daughter. This was the first film by Director Fernando Méndez I ever saw, but it certainly isn't going to be the last. Overall, "Misterios De Ultratumba" is an immensely creepy gem that no lover of atmospheric Horror should miss. Highly recommended!

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