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Zombies of Mora Tau

Zombies of Mora Tau
File:Zombies of Mora Tau poster.jpg
Theatrical Poster
Directed by Edward L. Cahn
Produced by Sam Katzman
Written by
Music by Mischa Bakaleinikoff
Cinematography Benjamin H. Kline
Edited by Jack Ogilvie
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • March 1957 (1957-03)
Running time
70 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Zombies of Mora Tau is a 1957 horror film directed by Edward L. Cahn from a screenplay by George H. Plympton and Bernard Gordon. Produced by Sam Katzman, it was also known by the title The Dead That Walk. Columbia Pictures released the film as a double bill with another Katzman B movie, The Man Who Turned to Stone.[1]


A team of deep sea divers led by wealthy American tycoon George Harrison (Joel Ashley) attempt to salvage a fortune in diamonds from the wreckage of a ship that sunk 60 years earlier off the coast of Africa. When the team arrives, they discover that the ship is cursed and the diamonds are protected by the undead crew who are now zombies, forced to guard the treasure until the diamonds are destroyed or the curse is finally lifted.


DVD release

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released the film on DVD in October 2007 as part of the two-disc, four-film set Icons of Horror Collection - Sam Katzman, along with three other films produced by Katzman (Creature with the Atom Brain, The Werewolf and The Giant Claw).


David Maine of PopMatters rated it 6 out of 10 stars and described it as "pretty entertaining overall, and enlivened immeasurably by Ms. Eaton’s fiesty grandma".[2] TV Guide rated it 2 out of 5 stars and called it "standard horror quality for grade-B films".[3] Writing in The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia, academic Peter Dendle said, "This awkward and talentless movie is nonetheless surprisingly prescient in zombie film history, anticipating a number of motifs that would reappear in later decades."[4]


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  2. ^ Maine, David (2013-01-22). "Don’t Open That Door! #27: 'Zombies of Mora Tau' (1957)". PopMatters. Retrieved 2015-02-22. 
  3. ^ "Zombies of Mora Tau". TV Guide. Retrieved 2015-02-22. 
  4. ^ Dendle, Peter (2001). The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia. McFarland & Company. pp. 211–212. ISBN 978-0-7864-9288-6. 

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