Zombies of Mora Tau – USA, 1957

‘A tide of terror floods the screen!’

Zombies of Mora Tau is a 1957 horror film directed by Edward L. Cahn from a screenplay by George H. Plympton and Bernard Gordon [as Raymond T. Marcus] (The Man Who Turned to Stone). The film is also known as The Dead that Walk and was released by Columbia Pictures.


A team of deep sea divers led by a wealthy American Tycoon George Harrison (Joel Ashley) attempt to salvage a fortune in diamonds from the wreckage of a ship that sunk sixty 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.


“There are other campy moments, but too much dialog and a slow pace hamper the film from being enjoyable even on a kitschy level. I was particularly frustrated with the crew’s absolute denial of the existence of zombies even after they shoot them full of bullets without effect and then witness them walk underwater.” Exclamation Mark

” …neither Cahn nor screenwriter Raymond T. Marcus has any clear idea what to do with all of this engrossing setup. There are a number of small but annoying plot-holes, such as who might have furnished the zombies with their hidden lair, complete with secret door and stone sarcophagi, or why in the hell it never occurs to anyone to extrapolate from the zombies’ evident fear of fire the seemingly obvious possibility that they might be susceptible to burning.” 1000 Misspent Hours and Counting


  • 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

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Choice dialogue:

“Hello. Weren’t you afraid there isn’t a zombie out here.”

“You old hag! You’re dead already, you just don’t have the good sense to lie down.”

“If only people could find soul and mind when they are alive.”

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