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La muerte viviente
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Boris Karloff ... Carl van Molder / Damballah

Julissa ... Anabella Vandenberg
Carlos East ... Lt. Andrew Wilhelm (as Charles East)
Rafael Bertrand ... Capt. Pierre Labesch (as Ralph Bertrand)
Yolanda Montes ... Kalea (as Tongolele)
Quintín Bulnes ... Klinsor (as Quintin Bulnes)
Santanón ... Dwarf (as Santanon)
Martinique
Julia Marichal ... Mary Ann Vandenberg (as July Marichael)
Yol Duhalt
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Quintin Miller ... Gomez (uncredited)

Directed by
Juan Ibáñez  (as Jhon Ibanez)
Jack Hill (US scenes)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jack Hill  screenplay
Juan Ibáñez 
Luis Enrique Vergara 

Produced by
Juan Ibáñez .... producer
Luis Enrique Vergara .... producer (as Henry Verg)
 
Original Music by
Alicia Urreta  (as Alice Uretta)
 
Cinematography by
Raúl Domínguez 
Austin McKinney (director of photography)
 
Art Direction by
Ray Markham 
 
Makeup Department
Louis Lane .... makeup artist
Jean Udko .... hair stylist: Julissa
 
Production Management
José Luis Cerrada .... production manager (as J.L. Cerad)
Richard Compton .... production supervisor (as Dick Compton)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
José Luis G. de León .... assistant director (as Louis G. Leon)
Henry von Seyfried .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Heinrich Henkel .... sound supervisor
 
Special Effects by
Ross Hahn .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mindaugus Bagdon .... assistant camera (as Bagdon Mindaugus)
Ciro .... still photographer
Frank Ruttencutter .... camera operator
Jim Enochs .... key grip (uncredited)
Larry Lapointe .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Richard Bruno .... wardrobe (as Richard S. Bruno)
 
Editorial Department
J. Gamma .... assistant film editor
Lily Lupers .... negative cutter
 
Music Department
Enrico C. Cabiati .... musical director (as Henry Caviatti)
 
Other crew
John Buono .... script clerk
Richard H. Dunlai .... production coordinator
Mike Garzon .... prompter
Raul G. Manjarrez .... actor agent (as Raoul G.M.)
Jerry Petty .... stand-in: Boris Karloff
Stim Segar .... dialogue director
 

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"La muerte viviente" - Mexico (original title)
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90 min
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This film was shown in the USA in Spanish language theaters before being dubbed in English and sold to television.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.See more »
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Strangely Disturbing, Claustrophobic Trash Nightmare, 31 January 2008
Author: Steve Nyland (Squonkamatic) from New York, USA

Yeah, SNAKE PEOPLE sucks, but there is something odd about this film. It's difficult to enjoy and hard to recommend -- even Boris Karloff's near death scenes of catatonia are hard to enjoy, knowing how sick he was and probably out of his mind on various drugs. He plays a zoologist living in Guyana or someplace like that, and has stumbled upon some secret voodoo sect that practices snake worship and human sacrifice. There is a weird midget who does nasty things to chickens, a local pervert who wants a pretty native girl zombie for some live-in necrophiliac housekeeping help, a pretty grand daughter who has some downright Freudian nightmares, a local snake priestess who dances with two or three of the things dangling over her body to frenetic bongo drums, and other elements that defy verbal description.

What always gets to me, though, is the aura of claustrophobia and decay that the movie exudes. It's a wretched film to be sure, but there are certain images such as the tiny cages encasing over-sized anaconda snakes in a teeny laboratory that sort of stick with you. Nothing about the film is particularly scary, but watching it does evoke a feeling of unease that's hard to deny. If just making audiences feel uncomfortable is an achievement than this movie actually does succeed on some level, though it plays out more like a random nightmare. The story isn't memorable as much as certain images -- the snake dancing, the bizarre dream sequences, the Baron Samedi figure presiding over the voodoo ceremonies -- resonate on a basic level.

About Boris Karloff, there's probably some truth to saying that his presence in the film is exploitational, especially when considering that it was only released after he had actually died. Nonetheless it does look as though he is actually enjoying himself, since he was first and foremost an actor who lived to make motion pictures. They prop him up in his wheelchair (probably with an oxygen tank close at hand) and most of his lines seem to be delivered in a sort of delirium; he doesn't seem to be interacting with anyone, just doing his part when he had enough strength, and there is a certain sadness knowing that this kind of work is what his greatness had been reduced to.

But at the same time he MADE the film, probably because he had to keep working just to stay alive. Completists of his films should probably find a copy, and it's relatively easy to find in a somewhat truncated form on various public domain DVD releases that should cost only a few dollars. I doubt the film will ever receive any kind of restoration job, it's certainly not any kind of artistic triumph and certainly isn't regarded with much reverence, but it is interesting and will perhaps one day be regarded as a triumph of cinema's ability to create a feeling of ill ease.

4/10

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