GenreAction, Adventure, Fantasy ProducerSam Katzman LanguageEnglish
WriterGeorge H. Plympton, Bernard Gordon Release dateMarch 1957 (1957-03) CastGregg Palmer (Jeff Clark), Allison Hayes (Mona Harrison), Autumn Russell (Jan Peters), Joel Ashley (George Harrison), Morris Ankrum (Dr. Jonathan Eggert), Marjorie Eaton (Grandmother Peters) Similar moviesIndiana Jones and the Last Crusade, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, National Treasure, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
TaglineZombies of the African Voodoo coast!
A fortune hunter (Gregg Palmer) leads a search for diamonds guarded by undead sailors off the coast of Africa.
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.
American tycoon George Harrison, his beautiful wife, Mona, and deep-sea diver Jeff Clark are off the coast of Africa hoping to salvage a fortune in diamonds at the bottom of the sea near the voodoo-haunted island of Mora Tau, and are joined by an English girl named Jan. The treasure is reported to be guarded by Zombies, walking dead-men doomed to roam the earth until men stop trying to find the sacred treasure. Here, they are walking the sea-bottom, and there is a large conflict of interest between them and the treasure-seekers.
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.
Gregg Palmer as Jeff Clark
Joel Ashley as George Harrison
Allison Hayes as Mona Harrison
Autumn Russell as Jan Peters
Morris Ankrum as Dr. Jonathan Eggert
Marjorie Eaton as Grandmother Peters
Gene Roth as Sam, the chauffeur
Leonard P. Geer as Johnny
Karl "Killer" Davis as First Zombie
Frank Hagney as Captain John Peters
William Baskin as Zombie
Ray "Crash" Corrigan as Sailor
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).
Edward L Cahn directed Zombies of Mora Tau and Creature with the Atom Brain. Sam Katzman produced Zombies of Mora Tau and The Werewolf. Revenge of the Zombies (1943). Sam Katzman produced Zombies of Mora Tau and The Giant Claw. King of the Zombies (1941).
David Maine of PopMatters rated it 6 out of 10 stars and described it as "pretty entertaining overall, and enlivened immeasurably by Ms. Eatonâ€™s fiesty grandma". TV Guide rated it 2 out of 5 stars and called it "standard horror quality for grade-B films". 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."