806 - THE UNDEAD (1957; NR; 75m)
a.k.a. THE TRANCE OF DIANA LOVE (working)
double-billed with VOODOO WOMAN
Ad: "Terror...That Screams from the Grave!"
Plot: Using hypnosis, a doctor returns the mind of a 20th century prostitute to a past life in the Middle Ages, where she's being wrongly accused of being a witch.
Exec: Samuel Z. Arkoff and James H. Nicholson
Diana Love & Helene / Pamela Duncan (Confidence Girl)
Classic Line: "Rest thy corpulence."
Classic Line: "I shall give tongue, Pendragon. Hear me out."
Trivia: In the mid-1950's, a book called The Search for Bridey Murphy was a best seller. It supposedly was based on a true story about a woman who regressed to former lives via hypnosis. In 1956, a movie based on that book and with the same title was released by Paramount, starring Louis Hayward and Teresa Wright. By the time ROGER CORMAN was able to get a rip-off story filmed, the reincarnation craze had peaked, so they changed the title of the film from THE TRANCE OF DIANA LOVE to THE UNDEAD prior to its initial release...to at least cash in on the zombie craze. (There are no zombies or other undead beings in this movie). American International distributed another movie about hypnosis just the year before: 808-THE SHE-CREATURE.
Most of the scenes set in the Middle Ages were done in a small studio converted from an abandoned supermarket. Scriptwriters GRIFFITH and HANNA had originally written those scenes in iambic pentameter (rhythmic poetry, that is). Unfortunately just before filming began, Corman ordered a rewrite into plain old American lingo, so the dialogue is odd-sounding and stilted.
When Livia and her imp change into bats, their appearance may look familiar to you...Corman used them a year earlier when he filmed 311-IT CONQUERED THE WORLD in which the cucumber alien creature emitted those bat-thingies.
RICHARD GARLAND (1927-1969) was once married to another actor in the Corman group, BEVERLY GARLAND (see 311-It Conquered the World). His films include: 1951-Cimmaron Kid; 1952-Son of Ali Baba; 1955-Untamed; 1957-Attack of the Crab Monsters; My Gun Is Quick; and 1962-Panic in Year Zero.
Last Updated: 3/28/1999
Movies by Year | Titles by Experiment # | Titles by Alphabetical Order
Performers and Production Crew