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Isle of the Snake People (1971)

La muerte viviente (original title)
Unrated | | Horror, Mystery | March 1971 (USA)
Evil scientist runs a veritable army of LSD crazed zombies.

Directors:

Juan Ibáñez (as Jhon Ibanez), Jack Hill

Writers:

Jack Hill (screenplay), Juan Ibáñez | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Boris Karloff ... Carl van Molder / Damballah
Julissa ... Anabella Vandenberg
Carlos East ... Lt. Andrew Wilhelm (as Charles East)
Rafael Bertrand Rafael Bertrand ... Capt. Pierre Labesch (as Ralph Bertrand)
Tongolele ... Kalea
Quintín Bulnes ... Klinsor (as Quintin Bulnes)
Santanón Santanón ... Dwarf (as Santanon)
Martinique Martinique
Julia Marichal Julia Marichal ... Mary Ann Vandenberg (as July Marichael)
Yol Duhalt Yol Duhalt
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Storyline

The inhabitants of a small, remote island have been practicing voodoo rites and worshipping an evil priest named Damballah for years, but the local law officials generally turn a blind eye to this death cult's bizarre activities. Captain Labesch arrives from the mainland, determined to crack down on the island's lawlessness and clean up the ineffectual, hard-drinking police force. He appeals for assistance from wealthy plantation tycoon Carl Van Molder, who owns nearly half of the island and wields a great deal of influence over the population. Van Molder has made the study of parapsychology his life's work and believes in the secret powers of the mind. He warns Labesch not to interfere with this forgotten island's ancient ways. Also visiting is Van Molder's niece, Annabella, a temperance crusader who wants her uncle to help fund the International Anti-Saloon League. She falls in love with handsome police lieutenant Andrew Wilhelm, despite his fondness for rum. Meanwhile, beautiful ... Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

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Country:

Mexico | USA

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

March 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Isle of the Snake People See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Monica, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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.
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Crazy Credits

In the closing credits, Boris Karloff is billed twice, once as Damballa and then as Carl van Molder. See more »

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comments for the Snake People 1968
23 June 2004 | by goodvibe-1See all my reviews

Although it's getting kicked about Snake People isn't by far the worst film.

However, I do urge readers to exercise caution with any of the other films of the genre cranked out of those studios back then. I do enjoy the campiness and the dance scenes are pretty cool, but the film could have been better by all means. The dwarf actually did lend a healthy dose of just the kind of campiness enjoyable in such a film, and the death scene elicited a chuckle from a close friend and confidant who never had the privilege to enjoy the movie when it aired back in '74. (My glahsses...my glahsses!!) It's another one of those "tamer" movies for the kiddies to enjoy in the den while the parents play cards in the kitchen. If I had a drive-in, Snake People would definitely have a place up there on the screen, especially compared to a lot of those crappy ones I actually DID see at the drive-in back in the 70's!


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