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Zombies of Mora Tau [VHS]

4.4 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Actors: Gregg Palmer, Allison Hayes, Autumn Russell, Joel Ashley, Morris Ankrum
  • Directors: Edward L. Cahn
  • Format: Black & White, NTSC
  • Rated:
    Unrated
    Not Rated
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home E
  • VHS Release Date: September 25, 1986
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302862760
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,037 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Robert I. Hedges HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on December 12, 2015
Format: VHS Tape
"Zombies of Mora Tau" is an old school zombie movie with little blood and a bit of cartoonish violence, but great film noir atmosphere. The film is set in Africa and revolves around the crew of the doomed ship the "Susan B" (and its cargo of diamonds) which sank off the coast, and its crew who were destined to be reanimated as the undead. Much background and exposition are provided by Grandmother Peters (Marjorie Eaton) whose husband was the Captain of the "Susan B". Anyway, very little of this matters, as you came to see zombies, and zombies you shall have. Various parties try to get their hands on the diamonds including Jeff Clark (Gregg Palmer) and George Harrison (No not that George Harrison!) and after double-crosses and drama the zombies are finally destroyed and allowed to get some eternal rest in the great final scene of the film where Eaton turns in a really good performance at the climax.

The film features lots of shrill female screaming, abduction, peril, and zombification, tons of wandering around jungle foliage in the middle of the night looking for seaweed and footprints, a sizeable cast of lumbering zombies, and, of course, a love story. This film is from 1957 and was very cheaply made (it was produced by Sam "The Giant Claw" Katzman) but actually does well generating creepy atmosphere. The cult movie lover in me loves the hilariously bogus "underwater" scenes, and if you like 1950s science fiction or B-movies in general, you will delight in the diving spectacle served up here, but more serious-minded viewers may find these long segments highly distracting.

I waffled between three and four stars for this movie, and I finally went with three for one reason: pacing. The film is only 70 minutes long, but it feels much longer.
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This one has it all!! Any fan of '50s horror or sci-fi movies will absolutely love this movie. Why? First, it has cleavage-queen Allison Hayes adorned in her usual skin-tight outfits and spouting some of her best lines ever! Allison even gets to faint in her own grave!! Second, it has another hot gal, seldom-filmed but sexy Autumn Russell vying with Allison for masculine attention! Third, it has Morris Ankrum, great character actor who co-starred in numerous '50s drive-in classics, spouting his usual cult-classic dialogue and even getting to make a play for Allison early in the flick. And last, but certainly not least, it has a fabulous plot about sea-going zombies guarding a sunken-diamond treasure worth zillions! Zombies so deadly that even a mere lighted candlestick keeps them at bay!! Somebody needs to clue Columbia/Tristar that the time has come to release this scream-gem on DVD!! DON'T MISS THIS ONE!!
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In ZOMBIES OF MORA TAU, a team of treasure hunters, including Allison Hayes (ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT WOMAN) and Morris Ankrum (INVADERS FROM MARS, EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS, KRONOS) set out for the title island, in search of a legendary fortune in diamonds. They are totally unaware that the treasure is cursed, and their quest is leading them into a confrontation w/ the un-dead! ZOMT is a slow-paced spooker from 1957. Many scenes seem to be headed toward a thrilling event, only to go nowhere, or cause laughter. The faux "under water" sequences are particularly giggle-inducing. Still, it does have a few moments of light suspense, though even audiences of the period may have fought back some yawns. Co-stars Gene Roth (SHE DEMONS, EARTH VS. THE SPIDER, ATTACK OF THE GIANT LEECHES) and Marjorie Eaton (THE ATOMIC BRAIN, NIGHT TIDE) as granny Peters... P.S.- Some possible influences on John Carpenter's THE FOG and Lucio Fulci's ZOMBIE are evident...
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This is a well-done "Old School" zombie movie. Nice noir atmosphere and creepy looking zombie cast. I liked the scene of the old lady recounting the dead expeditions as they walk past their graves. Unfortunately, about half-way through the movie, Allison Hayes becomes a zombie...perhaps the hottest looking zombie ever. Her husband just reads her condition as shock, which is understandable if you've been carried off by zombies. She has no pulse and no longer breathes, but with proper care and rest, hopefully she'll get better. And this presents a heavy philosophical question: if your wife looked like Allison Hayes and became a zombie, would you keep her? On the plus side (since these zombies were mute), no nagging or arguments. On the minus side, all sharp objects must be removed from the house. But then, marriage is about compromise, right? I think in this case, I would be willing to go with at least a trial arrangement.
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