The Undead (1957)





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Legendary shlockmeister Roger Corman and long-time collaborator Charles B. Griffith attempted to cash in on the popular 1950s surge in Bridey Murphy reincarnation mania with this confusing and throughly weird thriller. It begins with researcher Richard Garland hypnotizing streetwalker Pamela Duncan in an attempt to record her past-life experiences as a condemned witch in the Dark Ages. After numerous silly attempts by Garland to save her -- including regressing himself into the same period, where, by remarkable coincidence, he also lived as a soldier -- Duncan decides not to alter the course of history, and she resigns herself to her fate. Despite the spooky ambience, a cast of Corman regulars (including Mel Welles and Allison Hayes), and some clever plot twists -- including one which finds the tables turned on our meddling scientist -- Griffith's static and talky screenplay is so absurdly crammed with half-baked metaphysical musings that it becomes almost impossible to discern the plot.
Classics , Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Billy Barty
as The Imp
Dick Miller
as The Leper
Dorothy Neumann
as Meg-Maud
Richard Garland
as Pendragon
Pamela Duncan
as Diana Love / Helene
Mel Welles
as Smolkin
Bruno Ve Sota
as Scroop
Val Dufour
as Quintus
Aaron Saxon
as Gobbo
Dorothy Neuman
as Meg Maud
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Critic Reviews for The Undead

All Critics (4)

Not good, but so strange it's mesmerizing.

February 11, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Classic but little-seen B-flick that deserves a modern-day remake. Check out Billy Barty as the evil Imp.

February 2, 2003

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July 23, 2005

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August 15, 2003

Audience Reviews for The Undead

I actually thoroughly enjoyed this time travel tale about witches and the devil. It's still a bit cheesy, but it explores some philosophical issues and makes you think about the character's choices.

Jordan Towles
Jordan Towles

Corman's time travel / horror movie is fun and entertaining. I liked it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


[img][/img] hey little buddy! [img][/img] its evil! its all evil! damn the tomato-pickin bastard as well. 9/10 [img][/img] now this was classic. hell anything corman does is fair game in my book. the king of horrible movies.

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