Corman Takes Us Forward Into the Past, Thanks to "The Undead"- Tonight!

Posted on June 29, 2024

Tonight on MeTV- we salute the passing of Roger Corman once more this month-with one of his stranger tales-in which a psychic researcher uses hypnosis to send a young woman into the past to experience one of her earlier lives- where she becomes a wanted woman accused of witchcraft, thanks to a real witch- in “The Undead”!

This 1957 Corman film has its roots in the ‘50s fascination with reincarnation (stemming from the popularity of the book “The Search for Bridey Murphy”, which we’ll tell you about during our show). We see Quintus, a psychic researcher, whose time in Tibet has convinced him that people indeed have had multiple past lives. He believes he has refined techniques to the point of being able to send a subject to visit those lives. He “recruits” Diana Love, a young “lady of the evening”, as the subject of his experiment, to be performed under the careful observation of his former professor. Using hypnosis, Quintus believes he will send Diana’s consciousness back to one of her previous lives.


After many grueling hours, keeping the woman in a trance for the entire time- Quintus, through a mental bond he has established with her via hypnotism, finds he has succeeded! Diana has amazingly returned to her past life as Helene, a young woman living in the Middle Ages, who has been imprisoned for allegedly being a witch and sentenced to execution for her supposed witchcraft. Somehow, perhaps as a form of self-preservation, her hypnotized future self sends her a message, encouraging her to escape- which she does! She ends up enlisting the help of Smolkin, a gravedigger who, ironically, is said to be one of the very people she has been accused of enchanting!

None of this is good news to the real witch responsible- the sultry Livia. Her main objective is to replace Helene as the love of a gallant knight, Pendragon- so it is imperative for her to make sure that Helene is taken out of the equation. The shape-shifting Livia and her familiar, an imp (no relation to our Ignatius Malvolio Prankenstein), go to work trying to keep Pendragon away for his true love through lies and schemes- culminating in her making a major play for him at the witches’ Sabbath- which involves none other than Satan himself!

However, some other opposing forces are set to interfere with her plans- Meg Maud, an ancient sorceress enemy of Livia’s, and – an unexpected ally. Having realized he may be endangering Helen’s future by changing her past, Quintas uses his psychic bond with his subject to travel back in time himself! Will Helene survive-or fall victim to the headsman’s axe and Livia’s association with the devil- and -will Quintas make history- or change it?

We’ll tell you about how this movie came about and evolved, and, of course, talk about the cast- which includes bombshell Allison Hayes of “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman”, as well as famed little person actor Billy Barty as her personal imp. Watch for a cameo by beloved character actor Dick Miller of “Bucket of Blood” and countless other films! Plus- we see the time when Toony the Tuna first campaigned to host a horror movie as “Sventoonie”! We’ll give you the word on a vintage record offer, which does NOT include this week’s song from Doug and yours truly- get a visit from our own Imp-and bring back some fun past experiences (no hypnotism needed) including a visit with “M.A.S.H.” star Jamie Farr, a quick drop in by Dana Gould’s “Dr. Z”, the legendary time I shared the stage with the one and only Elvira, and more!


“The Undead” (originally titled “The Trance of Diana Love”) airs tonight on MeTV at 8 pm eastern/pacific, 7 central. Should you need help finding what time we run where you are– and on what channel-please your local listings or visit . Viewers on Twitter continue live-Tweeting during our show, and you can join in- using the hashtag #svengoolie. Chicago area viewers get an encore of the fable of that frightening female “The Leech Woman” at 11 am on CW26.

I am flattered to say that the first wave of our anniversary Sven merchandise has become a best seller! Make sure you keep checking the MeTV Mall for the next items- and check out our appearances list soon- we will be posting information about our traditional visit to the Flashback Weekend horror convention which will include another celebration of my 45 years as Svengoolie!

Let’s celebrate the memory of Roger Corman one more time tonight on MeTV!

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1MikeM 15 days ago
...and dat was Ma and Pa Kettle Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde...and dat's da name a dat tune!
ElizabethBoop 15 days ago
Apologies for being so late to the game, but noticed a few things on TIWM this morning:

(1) Even though Mel Blanc is the only voice actor credited for "Go Fly a Kit", most of the spoken narration comes from an uncredited Daws Butler.

(2) Was that Wile E Coyote the only one directed by Chuck Jones following the handoff to the DePatie-Freleng team in the early sixties? He was certainly in fine form here.
Cartoondave 15 days ago
I'm calling it a night had a good day at the arcade dispute might major loss on DonD oh well maybe next time? See ya easties for Saturday morning cartoons
Mikeyyy Cartoondave 15 days ago
See ya in the morning Dave!
Svenboy 15 days ago
I watched corman’s Tower of London for the first time tonight. I liked it!
Cartoondave Svenboy 15 days ago
Maybe a good Svengoolie pick?
Svenboy Cartoondave 15 days ago
I would think so!😀
Watching it at this moment directed by Corman.
Cartoondave 15 days ago
I don't know which is quicker the 8-10 pm Bugs Bunny & Friends on Metv toons or the 9-10am Looney Tunes on Metv Saturday mornings?
LmerFudd Cartoondave 15 days ago
What weighs more, a ton of lead or a ton of feathers?
Klaatu LmerFudd 15 days ago
A ton of…well you know which one weighs more. So do I.😆
Cartoondave LmerFudd 15 days ago
Just looked it up and they're the same
Klaatu Cartoondave 15 days ago
Wait…you had to look it up?🤔🤔🙄
Cartoondave Klaatu 15 days ago
I'm not that smart 😆
drummerman56 16 days ago
Klaatu drummerman56 15 days ago
Interesting effect for a low budget movie. Gotta give em credit
Klaatu Klaatu 15 days ago
I watched it 2 days ago and I have a full stockpile of witty comments for Saturday. Sadly I’ll be busy
abc123 Klaatu 15 days ago
this is one I have never seen. I hope my witty comments hit their mark.
Engineer_Poelzig abc123 15 days ago
I've not see this one before, as well.
Looks unusual, and interesting.
Katink drummerman56 15 days ago
It's a new one for us, too!
drummerman56 abc123 15 days ago
I just come up with whatever comments I have as the movie goes along. I'm not clever enough to plan anything out ahead of time.
CountCurt Klaatu 15 days ago
Bring them on tonight.
Cartoondave 16 days ago
I wish there were classic commercials Metv toons instead of these boring ones
Mamootsa 16 days ago
This is on some other channel

BEATNGU2 Mamootsa 16 days ago
“Its good ya did that Anthony, its real good you did that”
Mamootsa BEATNGU2 16 days ago
How many times do they say “Anthony?”
LmerFudd Mamootsa 15 days ago
The Italian mom only had to yell Anthony once and her son came running from the other side of Boston for Wednesday pasta night.
Klaatu LmerFudd 15 days ago
When I’m done with my pasta, I ONLY yell once when it’s done, cause I’m eating without them😆
Cartoondave 16 days ago
Looking forward to cartoons tomorrow and NO Quizzer
Cartoondave 16 days ago
Are you still out Miss Bee?
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HoneyBee456 Cartoondave 16 days ago
Oh my goodness, that’s a long time. How awful
Cartoondave HoneyBee456 16 days ago
Ended up staying at my elder sister's when she used to live in Nashua New hampshire
HoneyBee456 Cartoondave 16 days ago
Good thing you had somewhere to go
Klaatu 16 days ago
Aside from all the things I don’t know, I didn’t know and just found out, that Richard Mull of Night Court fame, had a full head of hair that he continuously shaved for the run of the show.
The1Butler Klaatu 15 days ago
I still dont believe Markie Post has passed , wtf.
The1Butler The1Butler 15 days ago
Rip Richard Mull.
RobBarnes The1Butler 15 days ago
That was sad, but its been a few years now. IIRC, she died of cancer within a month of Charles Robinson passing who played Mac.
LoveMETV22 16 days ago
Looks like " The Powers of Matthew Starr" is taking the place of " The Thunderbirds" starting this weekend.
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abc123 abc123 15 days ago
well, three times through was a good run. no complaints... would not mind a weekend of "the Fox edits of the Planet of the Apes series into tv movies"
Mikeyyy abc123 15 days ago
Sorry my friend!
RobBarnes LoveMETV22 15 days ago
Thunderbirds are still on MeTV toons for all of you Night Owls at 3 am est.
abc123 RobBarnes 15 days ago
Not carried on my provider. yet. wait until they see all the emails i an about to send!
Catbat 16 days ago
We're going swimming!
Catbat Catbat 16 days ago
And it's early
Cartoondave Catbat 16 days ago
Have fun and be careful
Lynn Catbat 16 days ago
Klaatu 16 days ago
Ya know…someone still has a Twilight marathon running. John Carpenter wasn’t the first one to have a “Christine” chase people. The TWZ episode “A Thing About Machines” had Mr. Bartlett Finchley’s car chase him relentlessly until it killed him.
Catbat Klaatu 16 days ago
He deserved it
PARANORMA Klaatu 16 days ago
Vengeful cars & swimming pools, a lethal combination (drip, drip)...
PARANORMA 16 days ago
Not to sow any awkward confusion, but as you all are finalising your theme meals for Angry Red Planet, you might want to keep in mind that tomorrow is National Fried Chicken Day...
Klaatu PARANORMA 16 days ago
Fried chicken is fine for the movie…when you make it my way basted in Franks Hot Sauce and served red hot👍
PARANORMA Klaatu 16 days ago
Rhode Island Red!
Kylethesecond PARANORMA 16 days ago
Angry red fried chicken.

That is genius!

Gonna give it a shot!
Angry Red Pepperoni Pizza
1MikeM 16 days ago
Another classic episode of M*A*S*H. To General "Iron Guts" Kelly. He died with his boots on...and his socks off.
Mikeyyy 1MikeM 16 days ago
Hehe yep!
LmerFudd 1MikeM 15 days ago
Hot Lips was quite a woman
PARANORMA 16 days ago
In August, Ovation on the Blvd is doing a whole Beetlejuice popup thing. Displays, interactive stuff, "Afterlife Diner", merch, etc. (sigh)
HoneyBee456 PARANORMA 16 days ago
Are you back home yet?
HoneyBee456 PARANORMA 16 days ago
Oh my goodness. I’m so sorry. I wish I could come see you and bring you some stuff.
DrFish28136 16 days ago
Cartoondave 16 days ago
Hey dale hope you and Catbat are ok with dangerous heat and humidity and stay hydrated
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