Black Pit of Dr. M (Misterios de Ultratumba)
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The Black Pit of Dr. M is a masterpiece of gothic filmmaking punctuated by shocking jolts and beautiful imagery that render it years ahead of its time. It is also a major accomplishment in chilling tone, unsettling atmosphere and wildly inventive storytelling.
CasaNegra is proud to present this much sought-after classic digitally remastered and uncut for the first time on DVD.
Special Features: Original Uncut Version
Completely Re-Mastered Picture & Sound from Newly Restored Vault Elements
Bilingual Menus in English & Spanish
Photo Essay: Mexican Monsters Invade the U.S.
Exclusive Black Pit of Dr. M Rock Video composed by 21st Century Art
Biography on Director Fernando Mendez By Film Historian David Wilt
Audio Commentary by IVTV founder Frank Coleman
Exclusive CasaNegra Loteria Game Card
Original Theatrical Trailer
Poster and Stills Gallery
- Remastered from original vault elements
- Commentary by IVTV founder Frank Coleman
- Biography of director Fernando Mendez
- Photo Essay
- Original 1961 English continuity script
- Still and poster gallery
- Cast bios
- Exclusive collectible card
Top Customer Reviews
The dubbed soundtracks by American schlockmeister K. Gordon Murray are also available so that you can hear the difference for yourself. But not in the case of this film because the dubbed version has been lost. In addition to the atrocious dubbing Murray also changed the titles to ones which often had little to do with the actual story. This is especially true of THE BLACK PIT OF DR M which in Spanish was called MISTERIOS DE ULTRATUMBA (Mysteries From Beyond The Grave). There is no pit, there are no scenes like the one depicted on the cover artwork but there is a Dr M. He is Dr Masali and it is his attempt to use a dying colleague to find out what lies beyond death that propels this unexpected gem of a movie along.Read more ›
The thing which sets Ultratumba apart is the stunning black and white photography. At a time when most studios and directors were using color for horror films, this film looks more like classic Universal Golden Age horror in lumninous silver hues. The other major asset is the soundtrack, which is in perfect counterpoint to the atmospheric scenes. It maintains a distinctive Latin Gothic feel while using contemporary rythyms to punch up the action at appropriate moments.
Kudos to La Casa Negra for releasing this and other Golden Age Mexican horror films on DVD. THis has to be one of the finest film to DVD transfers of a monochrome horror film I've ever seen. At times it feels like you can almost put your fingers into the dark, brooding mist of the doctor's creepy hacienda. daylight scenes are not neglected either. In particular, watch the scene of the Doctor and his lady friend walking along the beach. The daylight scene was shot with a deep red filter, making the cobalt Mexican sky nearly black. The actor's pallor takes on an a subtle, eerie glow which looks more like a dream than stark daylight.
It has a good bunch of special features that will help you get a feeling of what to expect from Mexican horror movies.
The sets are good and reminiscent of the effective sets found in the Universal horror films 20 years earlier.
It is atmospheric and sets an effective mood.
The story is a good "mad doctor" tale with experiments gone bad and characters returning from the dead.
The print quality is good. They seem to have spent time and produced a good quality product.
In America we are used to badly dubbed, cut up Mexican horror movies that came to us in the 1950s and 60s. This is an uncut, quality copy of what the Mexican film makers wanted the public to see. It is impressive and I hope that it leads to an extensive restoration of Mexican horror films so that we can see and appreciate an entire genre that was poorly presented to us half a century ago.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ok Spanish-language, Mexican-made late 50's horror film. A doctor in charge of an insane asylum tries to discover what lies beyond death. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Celia Trimboli
If you have not seen "The Black Pit of Doctor M", you are in for a chilling treat. From 1958, this Spanish horror gem has all the atmosphere of something dark, something brooding,... Read morePublished on December 23, 2007 by Mark Chase
As I stated in my review for El Vampiro (The Vampire) & El Ataud del Vampiro (The Vampire's Coffin) - 2 Disc Special Edition, I'm a newcomer to these Mexican horror films of the... Read morePublished on March 31, 2007 by A. Gammill
"The Black Pit of Dr. M" is one of those titles that fairly screams drive-in cheapie, but I suppose the distributors felt that "Mysteries from the Beyond," a literal translation of... Read morePublished on March 20, 2007 by Andrew Mangravite
Great movie and it looks great. But the dvd is a dissapointment because , unlike the other discs in this series,
Casanegra has failed to provide the english sound track... Read more