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.

Director:

Roger Corman

Writers:

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

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Fantasy | Horror

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Filmed in 6 days. See more »

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Professor Olinger is holding his glasses while Ratcliff has Diana under but in a close up he is suddenly wearing them. See more »

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Smolkin, the Gravedigger: [singing] Three Witches have heads / But they'll sever them all / The head of Helen is the third that must fall / All the Kings horses and all the Kings men cannot put the witches together again.
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Medieval drama unfolds and Satan is the critic
14 September 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I saw The Undead many years ago and sad to say before writing this review I got to see it again as part of Mystery Science Theater. No doubt Roger Corman did a whole lot of Thanksgiving specials especially in his early career. But I always rather liked this paradoxical film about hypnotism and travel. And of course a scientist's curiosity which backfires on him in a most peculiar way.

Pamela Duncan is the subject of hypnosis therapy by doctors Maurice Manson and Val Dufour. She's a hooker, but when we first meet her she's under and regresses back to a life in the first millenia AD where she's been condemned to be a witch and scheduled to die. Her mind goes back to that past and she escapes the headman's ax.

Which creates a paradox because if her past life doesn't die it puts her future lives in jeopardy. Knight Richard Garland who's earnest, but a little thick loves the past Duncan and wants to do the knight errant thing and save her. Real witch Allison Hayes has a thing for Garland and doesn't stand a chance while she lives.

Fascinated by the paradox and the drama Dufour regresses himself through hypnosis to see how it all unfolds and meets none other than a medieval Satan himself played by Richard Devon. He also is watching the drama unfold in fact he recognizes Dufour for who he is and states plainly that he is the critic and let the play continue.

No doubt Roger Corman was influenced by all the publicity of the Bridey Murphy controversy and the book and film that was made about it. Of course this is shot on a dental floss budget and it shows in spots, but only rarely.

I waited for years to see this again and review it and despite the MST snide comments during the film I still enjoyed it though Citizen Kane it ain't.


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Release Date:

15 March 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Trance of Diana Love See more »

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Beverly Hills, California, USA See more »

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$70,000 (estimated)
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