L’Abîme des morts vivants (1981)

82m 32s
35mm film, colour
mono, French

A French horror film directed by Jesus Franco using the pseudonym A.M. Frank.

Plot Summary

A group of travel to a remote North African oasis in search of the World War II German buried there. But when they arrive they are attacked by the undead corpses of the German soldiers.


Credits are taken from the English language version Oasis of the Zombies

Directed by: A.M. Frank [real name: Jesus Franco]
Eurociné presents
Screenplay: A.L. Mariaux
Photography: Max Monteillet
Chief Editor: Claude Gros
Music: Daniel White
Sound: Claude Panier
Special Effects: Richard Green

Manuel Gélin (Robert Blabert)
France Jordan [real name: France Lomay] (Erika)
Jeff Montgomery
Myriam Landson (Kurt's wife)
Eric Saint-Just [real name: Eric Viellard] (Ronald)
Caroline Audret (Sylvie)
Henry Lambert [real name: Henri Lambert] (Kurt)

Alternative Titles

Der Abgrund der Lebenden Toten – German title
L'Abime des morts-vivants – French title
Bloodsucking Nazi Zombies – US video title
El desierto de los zombies – Spanish title
Grave of the Living Dead
Oase der Zombies
– German DVD title
The Oasis of the Living Dead
– US title
Oasis of the Zombies
– UK/US title
Le Tésor des morts vivants
– French title
The Treasure of the Living Dead

Includes extracts from
I giardini dei diavolo (1971)

See also
Le Lac des morts vivants (1980)
Shock Waves (1977)
La tumba de los muertos vivientes (1983) – a Spanish language version of the film made at the same time but with a different cast



  • Fangoria no.204 (July 2001) p.61 – DVD review
  • Spaghetti Cinema no.14 (August 1986) pp.12-13 – review
  • Unifrance Film Bulletin 1982 – review


  • Creature Features Movie Guide Strikes Again p.283 – credits, short review
  • Cinéma culte Européen, Volume 1: Eurociné by Laurent Aknin, Lucas Balbo and Christophe Bier with the participation of Herbert Poishic p.132 – credits
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.399
  • French Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Pulp Fiction: A Guide to Cinema, Television, Radio, Animation, Comic Books and Literature from the Middle Ages to the Present by Jean-Marc L'Officier and Randy L'Officier p.15 – credits
  • Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.14 – credits, short review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films III by Donald C. Willis p.2
  • Obsession – The Films of Jesus Franco p.147 – credits, synopsis, review
  • The Video Watchdog Book by Tim Lucas p.96 – note