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Isle of the Snake People (1971)
"La muerte viviente" (original title)

 -  Horror | Mystery  -  March 1971 (USA)
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Kalea (as Tongolele)
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Mary Ann Vandenberg (as July Marichael)
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The inhabitants of a small, remote island have been practicing voodoo rites and worshipping an evil priest named Damballah for years, but the local law officials generally turn a blind eye to this death cult's bizarre activities. Captain Labesch arrives from the mainland, determined to crack down on the island's lawlessness and clean up the ineffectual, hard-drinking police force. He appeals for assistance from wealthy plantation tycoon Carl Van Molder, who owns nearly half of the island and wields a great deal of influence over the population. Van Molder has made the study of parapsychology his life's work and believes in the secret powers of the mind. He warns Labesch not to interfere with this forgotten island's ancient ways. Also visiting is Van Molder's niece, Annabella, a temperance crusader who wants her uncle to help fund the International Anti-Saloon League. She falls in love with handsome police lieutenant Andrew Wilhelm, despite his fondness for rum. Meanwhile, beautiful ... Written by Anonymous

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This and the three other films in the same package were originally supposed to be shot in Mexico City, but since Boris Karloff was suffering from pneumonia and had only one lung (the other had developed cancer and been removed), his doctors told him not to travel to Mexico City because of the thin air at its high altitude. So Karloff's scenes were shot in Hollywood instead. See more »

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Anabella Vandenberg: Modern science has shown that alcohol is responsible for ninety-nine point two percent of all the world's sins.
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Another one of those terrible late-career-Karloff Mexican films
10 August 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

It is very difficult to determine for many which is the best of the late-career-Karloff Mexican films, because they all share the same problems with one another and come this close to having no redeeming qualities. Fear Chamber was the worst, though The Incredible Invasion is one of the absolute worst final films of any actor. Personally, the best is this, Isle of the Snake People because it also has Yolanda Montes' entrancingly sexy dancing as well as Boris Karloff's dignified(though he is also criminally underused) performance, the rest only had Karloff going for them. Saying that is saying little because it is still terrible. The rest of the acting is atrocious, even the dwarf who is more camp than menacing, there is an uneasy mix of those who have no signs of acting talents and those who have no idea how to play their roles. Visually, Isle of the Snake People is the most colourful of the lot but still shows no signs of style, genuine love or finesse, it always looks like it was done on minimal budget and in tight time constraints. The music is overly-strident, the dialogue is horrendously stilted and you never care for the characters. The story is the worst thing about Isle of the Snake People, it is more uncomfortably weird than atmospheric, is very randomly structured and incorporates many things that add nothing and are left unexplained. The abrupt ending and flat direction put the final nail in the coffin. In conclusion, probably the best of the late-career Karloff Mexican films but only has Montes and Karloff who are anywhere close to good. 2/10 Bethany Cox


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