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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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Trapped on an island ... Doomed to Die One by One, Victims of the KILLER QUEEN! See more »




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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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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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Hannah and her undeads
24 March 2012 | by Chase_WitherspoonSee all my reviews

Atmospheric, eerie little Spanish thriller starring Andrew Prine as a man who travels to a remote island off Turkey after his archaeologist father dies in an apparent accident after discovering an ancient tomb. Writer (Damon) and his sister (Shepard) who have also recently inhabited the island try to facilitate Prine's attempts to raise the heavy sarcophagus that covers his father's remains to affect a proper burial. But the locals are reluctant to assist, fearing that the crypt's occupant - Hannah (Gimpera) - will be resurrected to raise hell on the island.

Surprisingly effective, though it appears to be un-liked judging from other reviews, I found the English translation conversion by Ray Danton to be a genuinely scary and compelling tale beautifully shot in black & white, with a talented cast. Prine has the right pitch as the polite outsider who can't be convinced that his actions will awaken a dormant vampire, his attentions straying to the plight of Shepard, concerned for the welfare of her brother. Both the exotic Shepard and durable Damon are assured in their roles, enhancing the production and its overall quality. For her part, Gimpera as Hannah is a beguiling beauty, even if only appearing prominently toward the end of the picture and without any intelligible dialogue. Film buffs should also applaud Danton's assembly of B-movie talent - Edward Walsh and John Alderman in minor roles (Walsh has a great scene after an encounter with Hannah), while prolific Spanish actor Frank Brana has a key supporting role as the blind foreteller of doom.

The lighting and sound is exceptionally refined and the film overall is stylish; the beach and cliff-top scenery bathed in black & white is visually stunning, though admittedly some of the night scenes are obscure in the darkness. I read that Danton shot additional English-language footage which was conjoined with Julio Salvador's Spanish version; with no visible seams, it's a rare example of where footage grafts actually enhance the overall result. Builds the suspense gradually (potentially irksome for viewers with a need for constant gratification), the rousing finale is a tense encounter that elevates the pulse, while a curtain-dropping post script is a satisfying epitaph. Worth the effort.

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