The Living Coffin [DVD] [1958]

This strange Mexican production is a curious amalgam of genres, equal parts gritty western and Edgar Allan Poe-inspired suspense, with a little lowbrow comedy thrown in for good measure. The story finds our affable hero and his comic-relief sidekick riding into peril when they encounter a family cursed by the ghost of the "Crying Woman" and the manipulations of a mysterious witch. Nice touches include a woman whose fear of being buried alive prompts her to install an alarm in her own coffin. New scenes were added by the American distributor under the supervision of producer K. Gordon Murray.
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Synopsis

The Living Coffin
The Living Coffin is a Mexican filmization of that old Edgar Allan Poe standby The Premature Burial. A seriously ill woman is terrified that she'll be buried while in a comatose state. To avoid this contingency, she has an alarm installed inside her coffin (indicating that someone involved with this film had seen the 1931 Paramount chiller Murder by the Clock). It comes to pass that the woman is indeed declared dead, planted six feet under, and.....hoo hoo hah hah HAAAAH! The legendary B-flick showman/huckster K. Gordon Murray filmed The Living Coffin in 1958 under the title El Grito de la Muerte; it didn't make the American rounds until 1965 (talk about rising from the dead!) ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    Pedro de Aguillon
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    Maria Duval
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    Gaston Santos
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    Carlos Ancira
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    Guillermo Alvarez Bianchi
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