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The Undead

Released 1957
Distributor AIP

Filmed under the title The Trance of Diana Love, this period time travel fantasy is one of Roger Corman’s most distinctive AIP cheapies, wackily conceived and almost absurdly ambitious, but resourcefully shot on a shoestring. Probably the sexiest showcase the statuesque Allison Hayes ever had. We get witches, imps, reincarnated courtesans and the Devil himself, played outrageously by Corman regular Richard Devon. Lots of fun.

About Joe Dante

Joe Dante is a lifelong film buff who turned his obsession into a career. He got his start cutting trailers for Roger Corman and later directed the hit movie Gremlins, as well as Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Innerspace and Small Soldiers for producer Steven Spielberg. His feature films include The Howling, Piranha, Matinee, The ‘burbs , Looney Tunes Back in Action, The Hole (first winner of the 3D Persol Award at the Venice Film Festival) and the zom-com Burying the Ex. His TV directing work includes: Police Squad, Amazing Stories, the HBO film The Second Civil War, the Masters of Horror titles Homecoming and The Screwfly Solution, and episodes of Eerie, Indiana, CSI: NY, Hawaii 5-0, Witches of East End, Legends of Tomorrow and Salem. His latest big screen credit is an episode of the upcoming Nightmare Cinema.