Video Details

Title: UNDEAD Roger Corman's (Allison Hayes) PAL Vhs
Title AKA:/aka/ Trance of Diana Love

OUR PRICE: $145.00

Year: 1957 / PAL / 91 mins

Director: Roger Corman

Richard Garland, Pamela Duncan, Allison Hayes, Mel Welles, Billy Barty, Richard Devon, Bruno VeSota, Paul Blaisdell, Dick Miller

Video Notes:
Two psychical researchers procure the services of a lady of the night and send her back in time under hypnosis. She finds herself in the body of a past existence - a woman in medieval times waiting to be beheaded as a witch. By avoiding this fate she unwittingly starts to alter history. VIEWER COMMENT : "I, too, first saw this movie in the late 1960s and then once more as an adult. While done on a low budget, the story is original and ends with a rather unsettling plot twist. In brief, two scientists (psychic researchers) invent a machine able to send a person's "soul" back to a prior life. A woman is recruited by the two scientists for an "experiment" whose purpose she is not aware. Her "soul" is then sent back in time to a prior incarnation of herself. In this incarnation, she is young woman living in medieval Europe and condemned to die via a beheading. However, her medieval incarnation is helped to escape her fate by her 20-th century incarnation sent back in time by the scientists. Thus, she apparently will be able to elude the chopping block. However, a (well intentioned) witch explains to her that her fate is in fact to die by beheading in this life. Should she escape the chopping block, all her future incarnations will cease to be; in the alternative, if she willingly submits her neck to the axeman's blow, her soul will be reborn in her future lives. She has one tough decision to make: "her death is her life and her life is her death." As she deliberates, her future incarnations call to her in her head, imploring her to give them life by accepting her death in this life. Meanwhile, one of the scientists has sent himself back to the same time and place to watch and observe what choice the woman's medieval incarnation will make. The Devil is also observing the fate of the woman's soul, side-by-side with the scientist. She die by execution thereby "saving" her future incarnations. Upon her death, the scientist pronounces his curiousity satisfied, bids adieu to Satan, and announces that he will be travelling back now to the 20-th century. Satan laughs and inquires of the scientist, "Did you not use the unbroken change of the woman's incarnations to reach back in time to this medieval period? So, now that the woman has died, how will you find your way back?" (Evidently, the scientist has lost his psychic starting point for his return journey). Satan then explains that the scientist's soul will be his (Satan's) once the scientist has lived out his now dead end existence here in medieval Europe."