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Zombies of Mora Tau (1957)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | March 1957 (USA)
Zombie-like, dead crewmen of a sunken ship have always prevented salvagers from claiming the wreck's legendary box of diamonds, but will a new group of treasure hunters succeed?

Director:

Edward L. Cahn

Writers:

George H. Plympton (story) (as George Plympton), Bernard Gordon (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Gregg Palmer ... Jeff Clark
Allison Hayes ... Mona Harrison
Autumn Russell Autumn Russell ... Jan Peters
Joel Ashley Joel Ashley ... George Harrison
Morris Ankrum ... Dr. Jonathan Eggert
Marjorie Eaton ... Grandmother Peters
Gene Roth ... Sam
Leonard P. Geer Leonard P. Geer ... Johnny (as Leonard Geer)
Karl 'Killer' Davis ... Zombie (as Karl Davis)
William Baskin William Baskin ... Zombie
Ray Corrigan ... Sailor
Mel Curtis Mel Curtis ... Johnson - Crewman in Launch
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Storyline

Zombiefied sailors guard the treasure of a ship they went down with 60 years earlier. A group of sailors scoff at the legend, and decide to retrieve the diamonds from the ocean floor only to discover the hard way that there is some truth to legends. Written by Humberto Amador

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ZOMBIES OF THE OCEAN DEEPS ! (original poster - all caps) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El fantasma de Mora-Tau See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Columbia Pictures released this film on a double bill with The Man Who Turned to Stone (1957) with the tag line: "Warning - This is the Most Shocking Horror Bill Ever Shown!" See more »

Goofs

The first freighter seen on screen has two masts. But when we look back again, it now only has one mast. See more »

Quotes

Sam, the chauffeur: [after hitting a particularly deep pothole] Sorry, Miss Jan.
Jan Peters: Sam, I think by now you'd know every hole in this road.
Sam, the chauffeur: I know all the holes, Miss Jan, but on this road there's no place to go but in them.
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Not good but fun in a silly sort of way
24 July 2007 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

A bunch of people go to the island of Mora Tau. Right off the coast of it, a ship sank with diamonds aboard and they want them. There's nice guy Jeff Clark (Gregg Palmer), Dr. Eggert (Morris Ankrum), George Harrison (!!!) (Joel Ashley) and his slutty wife Mona (the immortal Allison Hayes). What they don't know is that the ship is guarded by zombies who kill anyone who tries to take the jewels.

Admittadely novel idea is almost completely destroyed by a silly script and some pretty bad acting. The "underwater" scenes are actually pretty hysterical. They're obviously shot on a sound stage with the actors moving very slow and having bubbles pour out of their diving suits! Notice how the plants on the "ocean" floor never move.

Still I have a certain fondness for silly movies like this. It takes me back to my childhood where these popped up on Saturday afternoon TV constantly. It does have a little creepy scene when the zombies attack at the end and Hayes (a seriously under rated actress) is very good in a nothing role. Also I saw a nice, clean, letter-boxed (!) version of this on TCM. Silly but fun.


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