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The Undead (1957)

Unrated | | Fantasy, Horror | 15 March 1957 (USA)
A beautiful woman is sent back in time via hypnosis to the Middle Ages where she finds she is suspected of being a witch, and subject to being executed.


Roger Corman


Charles B. Griffith (screenplay) (as Charles Griffith), Mark Hanna (screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Pamela Duncan ... Diana Love / Helene
Richard Garland ... Pendragon
Allison Hayes ... Livia - a Witch
Val Dufour ... Quintus Ratcliff
Mel Welles ... Smolkin - the gravedigger
Dorothy Neumann ... Meg Maud - a Witch
Billy Barty ... The Imp
Bruno VeSota ... Scroop - the innkeeper (as Bruno Ve Sota)
Richard Devon ... Satan
Maurice Manson ... Professor Ulbrecht Olinger
Aaron Saxon Aaron Saxon ... Gobbo - the Jailer
Don Garrett Don Garrett ... The Knight (as Don Garret)
Dick Miller ... The Leper (as Richard Miller)


Two psychical researchers procure the services of a lady of the night and send her back in time under hypnosis. She finds herself in the body of a past existence - a woman in medieval times waiting to be beheaded as a witch. By avoiding this fate she unwittingly starts to alter history. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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A thousand years of naked terror! See more »


Fantasy | Horror


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Did You Know?


The prop bats seen in the film are leftovers from Roger Corman's earlier film It Conquered the World (1956). See more »


In the final scene in the lab, the camera shows the empty clothes sitting in the chair far in the background. They were to be a shocking revelation in a few seconds, and that spoiled the surprise. See more »


Smolkin - the gravedigger: Merry, Merry, more to bury, how does my garden grow? With marble stones, and ankle bones, and relatives all in a row!
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Deadly Bees (1998) See more »

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I like the grave digger
25 August 2000 | by joeliusSee all my reviews

Yeah, that's right, I like the grave digger AND his incessant singing. Everyone calls him mad, MAD, I say!--but his little ballads are always right on point. He is very reminiscent of the Fool in King Lear--the observer whose supposed simple-mindedness allows him alone to comment insightfully on the madness of the others.

Also, I like movies that teach me things. Like that women in the fifties somehow had both 14" waists and, well, GIGANTIC BREASTS! Weird science, man. It's a wonder that woman didn't snap in two when she stood up.

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English | French

Release Date:

15 March 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Trance of Diana Love See more »

Filming Locations:

Beverly Hills, California, USA See more »


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$70,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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