La muerte viviente (1968)

Mexico, 1971
35mm film, Eastmancolor, 1.37:1
mono, Spanish

A Mexican horror film directed by Juan Ibañez.

Plot Summary

On a remote Caribbean island, new police officer Captain Labesch tries to clean up the local voodoo cult who are protected by zombies.


NOTE: Credits are taken from an English language version print.
* = uncredited

Director: Jhon Ibanez [real name: Juan Ibañez]
Director of Hollywood Unit: Jack Hill
Copyright by Film, V.S.A.
Horror International Films presents. Producciones Filmicas Vergara *
Producer: Henry Verg [real name: Luis Enrique Vergara]
Screenplay: Jack Hill
Director of Photography: Austin Mckinney
Film Editor: John Mungea [real name: José Juan Munguía]
Music: Alice Urereta [real name: Alicia Urreta]
[Sound] Recorder: Richard Saldiv [real name: Ricardo Saldívar]
Wardrobe: Richard S. Bruno
Make-up: Louis Lane
Special Effects: Ross Hahn
Art Director: Ray Markham [real name: José Méndez and Octavio Ocampo]

Boris Karloff [Dr Karl Van Molder, ‘Damballah’]
Julissa [Annabella Vanderborg]
Charles East [real name: Carlos East] [Lt Andrew Wilhelm]
Ralph Bertrand [real name: Rafael Bertrand] [Captain Pierre Labiche]
Quintín Bulnes [Klingsor]
Santanon [real name: Rafael Muñoz Santanon] [himself]
July Marichael [real name: Julia Marichal]
Yol Duhalt [real name: Yolanda Duhalt] [María]

Alternative Titles

Gli adoratori della morte – Italian title
Cult of the Dead – German video, Hungarian title
Isla de los muertos – Spanish title
Isle of the Living Dead
Isle of the Snake People
– US title
A Serpente do Terror
– Brazilian title
Snake People
– German title

Extracts included in
100 Years of Horror: Boris Karloff (1996)
100 Years of Horror: Zombies (1996)


Guia de Filmes no.40 (July/August 1972) p.113 – review
Photon no.21 (1971) p.9 – review

The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.198 – credits, review
Boris Karloff: A Critical Acount of His Screen, Stage, Radio, Television, and Recording Work by Scott Allen Nollen p.399 – note
The Columbia Checklist: The Feature Films, Cartoons, Serials and Short Subjects of Columbia Pictures, 1922-1988 by Len D. Martin p.315-316 – credits
Columbia Pictures Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Films,1928-1982 by Michael R. Pitts pp.220-221 – credits
Feature films, 1960-1969: A Filmography of English-language and Major Foreign-language United States Releases by Harris M. Lentz III p.424-425 – credits
Horror and Science Fiction Films: A Checklist by Donald C. Willis p.440 – credits
Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.446 – credits
The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia p.162-164 – credits, review