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Crypt of the Living Dead (1973)

La tumba de la isla maldita (original title)
R | | Horror | September 1973 (USA)
Two archaeologists on a scientific dig come across a vampire burial ground and discover that the creatures are about to awaken and attack a nearby village.


Ricardo Ferrer (story), Lois Gibson (story) | 2 more credits »

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Complete credited cast:
Andrew Prine ... Chris Bolton
Mark Damon ... Peter
Patty Shepard ... Mary (as Patty Sheppard)
Teresa Gimpera ... Hannah
Ihsan Gedik ... The Wild Man (as Ihsan Genik)
Mariano García Rey Mariano García Rey ... Prof. Bolton (as Mariano Rey)
Frank Braña ... Abdul Hamid - The Blind Sailor (as Frank Brana)
Edward Walsh Edward Walsh ... Ali - Adnan's Father
John Alderman ... First Fisherman
Jack La Rue Jr. Jack La Rue Jr. ... Adnan
Jem Osmanoglu Jem Osmanoglu ... Little Boy
Shera Osman Shera Osman ... Zora - The Little Girl
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Daniel Martín ... Gero


Two archaeologists on a scientific dig come across a vampire burial ground and discover that the creatures are about to awaken and attack a nearby village.

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1970s | vampire | lantern | cemetery | myth | See All (27) »






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Spain | USA


Spanish | English

Release Date:

September 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crypt of the Living Dead See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain See more »

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Color (Metrocolor)| Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film was shot over the course of three months. See more »


At the 12:20 mark, kneeling over the entrance to Hannah's tomb, Chris is wearing a white turtleneck. In the tomb the turtleneck is brown. But the white turtleneck returns in the next scene after they ascend from the tomb. (Possibly explained by director Ray Danton filming additional scenes at a later date.) See more »


Peter: Your imagination is playing tricks on you!
Abdul Hamid - The Blind Sailor: You fool. You freed the vampire and my dog lies dead to prove it.
Chris Bolton: That's a myth! It's a story for old women and children!
Abdul Hamid - The Blind Sailor: No telling when she'll find all the sealed-up vampires, and they'll go cavorting around naked, holding Black Mass, sucking up little babies' blood. Nothing evil they won't try or do.
Chris Bolton: He's got 'em convinced.
Mary: Why shouldn't they be? It's the truth.
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Alternate Versions

The Spanish version contain the gore cut out for the PG version that seems to dominate the market. The opening murder in the tomb and Mark Damon's finale are both extended. See more »

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4/10 **/5 ~ Hard-Hearted Hannah, the Vamp from the Drive-In.
22 August 2001 | by Doctor_MabuseSee all my reviews

DVD title: Young Hannah, Queen of the Vampires.

An archaeologist (Andrew Prine) visits Vampire Island to bury his father, who has died under mysterious circumstances. He ignores the warnings of a schoolteacher (Patty Shepard) and, prodded by an historical novelist (Mark Damon), he opens the tomb of the 13th-Century vampire Queen Hannah (Teresa Gimpera).

This routine but decent little import benefits from a colorful Mediterranean location, good photography and an engagingly casual performance by the slumming Prine. Despite a tedious midsection and poor dubbing of minor roles, the film has a mildly distinctive flavor, like a failed Euro-Trash Count Yorga, Vampire (1970).

Of the cast, Gimpera played the Crying Mother opposite Christopher Lee in Jesus Franco's El Conde Dracula/Count Dracula (1970), and Shepard (Spanish cinema's answer to horror star Barbara Steele) was Paul Naschy's co-star in the cult classic La Noche de Walpurgis/The Werewolf vs. the Vampire Woman/Werewolf's Shadow (1971). Damon (House of Usher, 1960) had faced vampires before in Il Plenilunio delle Vergine/The Devil's Wedding Night (1973) and in Mario Bava's I Tre Volti delle Paura/Black Sabbath (1963). (Today a Hollywood producer, Damon faces a different kind of vampire.)

Originally titled La Tumba de la Isla Maldita, the completed film (directed by Julio Salvador) was reworked for American release with new scenes shot by former actor Ray Danton, whose horror films as director include Deathmaster (1972) and Psychic Killer (1975).

It is more interesting to learn about such films than to dismiss them out of hand.

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