When a group of treasure hunters led by captain Harrison (Joel Ashley)
arrives at their destination somewhere along the African coastline where a
shipwreck carrying a fortune in diamonds is suspected, they are almost
immediately attacked by a zombie killing one of them. Widow Peters
(Marjorie Eaton), who has lived in a nearby mansion all of her life and
who has lost her husband to zombies decades ago, is more than willing to
offer Harrison and company abode, but she also warns them of the zombies -
not that Harrison and crew would believe her ... but then Harrison's wife
(Allison Hayes) is abducted, and when she's freed from the zombies she is
one of them, for better or worse (well, mostly worse).
In the meantime,
Harrison's diver Jeff (Gregg Palmer) makes friends with the widow's
granddaughter Jan (Autumn Russell), and soon has his hands full saving her
from the zombies, but that won't change his determnation to dive after the
treasure. Of course, when trying to retrieve the treasure, Harrison, Jeff
and company are attacked by zombies, and it doesn't help at all that the
men start fighting among one another because Harrison believes the others
want to steal his treasure ... and ultimately he makes a getaway with the
treasure and his wife, not accepting his wife's a zombie now ... ouch!
in the end all our heroes are surrounded by zombies when Jeff finally does
the decent thing and scatters the treasure, which makes the zombies vanish
into thin air. He gets the girl (Jan) as a reward for it, too.
of Mora Tau is most certainly not a great film, but it's an enjoyable
little horror thriller, not high on originality, but well-paced and
directed with some care, especially given the limited budget. And some
scenes are genuinely creepy, including underwater sequences that found
their way into the much later cult zombie shocker Zombie
So don't expect greatness and you'll find yourself
something enjoyable in a slightly schlocky sort of way.