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The Thing That Couldn't Die (1958)

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Cast overview:
William Reynolds ...
Gordon Hawthorne
Andra Martin ...
Linda Madison
Jeffrey Stone ...
Hank Huston
Carolyn Kearney ...
Jessica Burns
Peggy Converse ...
Flavia McIntyre
Robin Hughes ...
Gideon Drew
James Anderson ...
Boyd Abercrombie
Charles Horvath ...
Forrest Lewis ...
Julian Ash


A psychically gifted young woman discovers a centuries-old crate buried on her aunt's ranch. Opening it, her family discovers the living head of Gideon Drew, a 16th century devil worshiper who was beheaded by Sir Francis Drake. Written by Jeremy Lunt <>

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The grave can't hold it ...nothing human can stop it! See more »




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1959 (Turkey)  »

Also Known As:

The Water Witch  »

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The opening credits reused the music from the opening credits of This Island Earth (1955). See more »

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Laughable Camp
22 October 2013 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

The Thing That COuldn't Die (1958)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Laughably bad horror film from Universal about a group of people who find a mysterious case buried underneath an old tree. A teenage Jessica (Carolyn Kearney) has the ability to see the future and she warns her friends not to open the thing so naturally they do it anyway. Inside just so happens to be the decapitated head of a devil worshiper who was killed by Sir Francis Drake. THE THING THAT COULDN'T DIE has the reputation of being one of the studio's worst films and I'm not going to defend it too much, although I still think there are worse out there. With that said, there's no doubt that this film is pretty awful at times but thankfully it gets bad enough to where you can actually just sit back and laugh at it. Poor Kearney is the cause of many laughs because her acting is just so bad that you can't help but feel bad for her. Even worse is some of the dialogue she's given to say and just check out the scene where she has a breakdown about "evil" things and then starts screaming how she wants people to die before making a tree fall on a woman. Say what? This entire sequence perfectly shows what's wrong with this movie but it made me laugh. The actual "monster" is just the decapitated head being carried around by a variety of people who then murder for it. This certainly isn't scary and the "effect" is only mildly entertaining. Outside of Kearney, the cast for the most part is decent, although no one really jumps off the screen. Charles Horvath plays a large, slow brute and it's so spot-on for Lon Chaney, Jr. that you have to wonder why the studio just didn't go out and get the real thing. THE THING THAT COULDN'T DIE is a bad film. There's no question about that but I think most will at least be able to laugh at it.

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