The Thing that Couldn’t Die (1958)

35mm film, black and white
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Will Cowan. Production began on 30 January 1958.

Plot Summary

While out dousing for water one day on her family's arid southwestern ranch, Jessica discovers a centuries-old box which contains the severed head of Gideon Drew, a 16th century Satanist who had been beheaded by Sir Francis Drake. Before long, Drew has been revived and is psychically controlling a pack of ranchers.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Will Cowan
© Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Universal-International presents a Universal-International picture
Produced by: Will Cowan
Written by: David Duncan
Assistant Director: Marshall Green
Director of Photography: Russell Metty
Film Editor: Edward Curtiss
Music Supervision by: Joseph Gershenson
Music: Irving Gertz *, Henry Mancini *, Hans J. Salter, Herman Stein *
Sound: Leslie I. Carey, Frank Wilkinson
Westrex Recording System
Gowns: Bill Thomas
Make-Up: Bud Westmore
Special Photography: Clifford Stine
Art Direction: Alexander Golitzen, Eric Orbom
Set Decorations: Russell A. Gausman, Julia Heron

William Reynolds (Gordon Hawthorne)
Andra Martin (Linda Madison)
Jeffrey Stone (Hank Huston)
Carolyn Kearney (Jessica Burns)
Peggy Converse (Flavia McIntyre)
Robin Hughes (Gideon Drew)
James Anderson (Boyd Abercrombie)
Charles Horvath (Mike)
Forrest Lewis (Julian Ash)
Phil Harvey [trooper] *
Thomas Browne Henry [Captain Fletcher] *

Alternative Titles

La cabeza maléfica – Chile
The Water Witch
– shooting title

La cosa que no podría morir (2000)