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Isle of the Snake People (1971)

La muerte viviente (original title)
Unrated | | Horror, Mystery | March 1971 (USA)
Evil scientist runs a veritable army of LSD crazed zombies.

Directors:

Juan Ibáñez (as Jhon Ibanez), Jack Hill

Writers:

Jack Hill (screenplay), Juan Ibáñez | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Boris Karloff ... Carl van Molder / Damballah
Julissa ... Anabella Vandenberg
Carlos East ... Lt. Andrew Wilhelm (as Charles East)
Rafael Bertrand ... Capt. Pierre Labesch (as Ralph Bertrand)
Tongolele ... Kalea
Quintín Bulnes ... Klinsor (as Quintin Bulnes)
Santanón Santanón ... Dwarf (as Santanon)
Martinique Martinique
Julia Marichal Julia Marichal ... Mary Ann Vandenberg (as July Marichael)
Yol Duhalt Yol Duhalt
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The inhabitants of a small, remote island have been practicing voodoo rites and worshipping an evil priest named Damballah for years, but the local law officials generally turn a blind eye to this death cult's bizarre activities. Captain Labesch arrives from the mainland, determined to crack down on the island's lawlessness and clean up the ineffectual, hard-drinking police force. He appeals for assistance from wealthy plantation tycoon Carl Van Molder, who owns nearly half of the island and wields a great deal of influence over the population. Van Molder has made the study of parapsychology his life's work and believes in the secret powers of the mind. He warns Labesch not to interfere with this forgotten island's ancient ways. Also visiting is Van Molder's niece, Annabella, a temperance crusader who wants her uncle to help fund the International Anti-Saloon League. She falls in love with handsome police lieutenant Andrew Wilhelm, despite his fondness for rum. Meanwhile, beautiful ... Written by Anonymous

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Horror | Mystery

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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

March 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Isle of the Snake People See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Monica, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

During filming, Karloff was approached by fans to record a sample of his voice onto their small tape recorders. See more »

Quotes

Anabella Vandenberg: Modern science has shown that alcohol is responsible for ninety-nine point two percent of all the world's sins.
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Crazy Credits

In the closing credits, Boris Karloff is billed twice, once as Damballa and then as Carl van Molder. See more »

Alternate Versions

For the DVD version entitled Cult of the Dead, the 2nd scene in the film, that of zombie revival, is abridged. See more »

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Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Boris Karloff (1996) See more »

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"Offer your dreams to Damballah!"
15 April 2012 | by wbswetnamSee all my reviews

This is one of Boris Karloff's last films. It's a confusing train wreck featuring Karloff as Damballah / Carl van Molder, a sexy-as-hell snake dancer named Tongalele, a maniacal grinning dwarf, zombies, and lots of big snakes of course. The basic premise of the movie is that the island has been taken over by zombies and followers of a voodoo cult who worship their leader, Damballah. The local police force are more interested in finding the bottom end of a rum bottle than they are in stopping the activities of the voodoo cult. A superior officer of the police arrives on the island to clean things up, and he tries to enlist the help of a large plantation owner, Carl van Molder. Van Molder is uninterested in helping the police, telling them to leave things as they are, that they don't know what they're messing with.

It's campy but fun, I've seen a lot worse that's for sure.


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