The Disembodied (1957)

USA, 1957
35mm film, black and white, 1.85:1
mono (Westrex Recording System), English

An American horror film directed by Walter Grauman.

Plot Summary

Doctor Metz is working away in his jungle laboratory unaware that his sexy wife Tonda is trying to kill him with a voodoo doll. She’s interrupted by the arrival of Tom and Norman and their friend Joe, who has been badly injured by a lion. Joe makes a seemingly miraculous recovery, saved by Tonda who is secretly the local voodoo priestess. She’s allowed the soul of a local man, Suba to take up residence in Joe’s body. And all the while she’s taken a bit of a shine to Tom…


Directed by: Walter Grauman
© MCMLVII [1957] by Allied Artists Pictures Corporation
Allied Artists Pictures Corporation presents
Produced by: Ben Schwalb
Written by: Jack Townley
Director of Photography: Harry Neumann
Film Editor: William Austin
Music by: Marlin Skiles
Recorded by: Ralph Butler
Wardrobe: Bert Henrikson
Makeup Artist: Emile Lavigne
Art Director: David Milton

Paul Burke [Tom Maxwell]
Allison Hayes [Tonda Metz]
John E. Wengraf [Dr Carl Metz]
Eugenia Paul [Mara]
Joel Marston [Norman Adams]
Robert Christopher [Joe Lawson]
Norman Fredric [real name: Dean Fredericks] [Suba]
A.E. Ukonu [voodoo drummer]
Paul Thompson [Gogi]
Otis Greene [Kabar]

Alternative Titles

Aihmalotoi tou prasinou tromou – Greece
La bruja de la selva – Argentina
Dominada pelo Demônio – Brazil
La Sorcière du diable – France
Woodoo – Blutrausch des Dschungels – West Germany



  • Castle of Frankenstein 1967 Annual p.39
  • Daily Film Renter no.7469 (19 September 1957) p.3
  • The Film Daily vol.112 no.41 (28 August 1957) p.8
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.146 no.14 (23 August 1957) p.4
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.24 no.286 (November 1957) p.318
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.208 no.8 (24 August 1957) p.506
  • Today’s Cinema vol.89 no.7863 (18 September 1957) p.12
  • Variety 28 August 1957


  • The Allied Artists Checklist by Len D. Martin p.41 – credits, synopsis, note
  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.108
  • It Came from 1957: A Critical Guide to the Year’s Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films by Rob Craig pp.162-165
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.103 – credits