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La muerte viviente
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Cast

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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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Also Known As:
"La muerte viviente" - Mexico (original title)
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One of a package of four films Boris Karloff made as co-productions between Columbia Pictures and Mexico's Azteca Films, though after Karloff's death Columbia sold off their share to a distributor called Horror International.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 3 people found the following review useful.
Crappy, But Hilarious Trash-Horror With The Great Boris Karloff, 1 December 2006
Author: Bensch from Salzburg, Austria

"La Muerte Viviente" aka. "Isle Of The Living Dead" aka. "Snake People" of 1971, is an extremely trashy and unintentionally hilarious movie, and one of the last movies of the great horror icon Boris Karloff. I have utmost respect for director Jack Hill for movies like his great blaxploitation classic "Coffy" starring Pam Grier. "Snake People", directed by Hill and Juan Ibanez, however, is one of these movies that are so bad they're actually pretty good. I'm a big fan of trashy B-horror flicks, but the only two reasons why I enjoyed "Snake People" were Boris Karloff, who plays a rather small role in this, and the movie's unintentional fun value.

The tropical island "Korbai" is reigned by a bizarre voodoo cult. The cult's unholy priests, amongst them a creepy midget and a scary snake dancer, sacrifice beautiful local girls to their occult deity "Damballah". The girls, who volunteer as sacrifices in order to achieve eternal life, are then resurrected from the dead as mindless zombies. Determined to put an end, to these rituals, that are ignored by the local police, Captain Pierre Labesch comes to the island. He asks the islands richest landowner, Carl Van Molder (Boris Karloff) for help. In the meanwhile, Van Molder's niece, who came to the island to fight alcoholism, befriends a local police lieutenant.

As a horror movie, "Snake People " fails entirely. As an unintentional comedy, however, it is hilarious. The dialogue is extremely poor (and therefore extremely hilarious) and apart from Karloff, the acting is really bad too. The locations are amateurish, the plot has huge holes and many logical errors. While Captain Labesch, for example, is obviously French, and came to the island sent by 'the government', other law enforcement officers of this government have English names. I laughed a lot when I saw this movie the first time, and I will definitely watch it again. Don't expect any suspense, but watch this as the unintentional comedy it is and entertainment will be guaranteed. 3/10

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