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Whatever Happened To Kinta Zertuche?

Updated on September 27, 2014
The Works of Kinta Zertuche
The Works of Kinta Zertuche | Source


Kinta Zertuche Credits:

Swamp Women (1955): Screenplay by David Stern. Based on a story by Kinta Zertuche

The Wasp Woman (1959): Screenplay by Leo Gordon. Based on a story by Kinta Zertuche

Beast From Haunted Cave (1959): Assistant to the producer, Kinta Zertuche

Attack of The Giant Leeches (1959): Production Secretary, Kinta Zertuche

Last Woman on Earth (1960): Location Supervisor, Kinta Zertuche

The Wild Ride (1960): Executive Producer, Kinta Zertuche (as Kinta Zabel)

Ski Troop Attack (1960): Script Supervisor, Kinta Zertuche

Creature From The Haunted Sea (1961): Location Manager, Kinta Zertuche

Creature From The Haunted Sea (1961). (Actor Beach Dickerson, creature designer)
Creature From The Haunted Sea (1961). (Actor Beach Dickerson, creature designer)
Susan Cabot in The Wasp Woman (1959)
Susan Cabot in The Wasp Woman (1959)

Many things in life interest me, but fewer intrigue me. The name Kinta Zertuche is not just a matter of intrigue, but a bit of an obsession as well. Who was she? How come there's so little written or recorded about her? With the horror and B-movie genre being so popular right now, how come her many contributions have seemingly gone unnoticed? Are there any photos of her out there? How come I can't seem to find them? Kinta Zertuche remains a mysterious figure in my mind.

I know very little about her and am seeking to know more. My trail on her runs cold around 1961. She was supposedly born on December 9, 1931. She was married and divorced from Daniel Haller who was set designer for a number of the Roger Corman Poe films, which included The House of Usher (1960) and The Pit and The Pendulum (1961). Haller went on to direct a few H.P. Lovecraft film adaptations, and also directed episodes of Night Gallery, Battlestar Galatica, and one of my personal childhood favorites, Buck Rogers In The 25th. Century.Who didn't love Twiggy?

Considering the fact that Kinta worked on a number of films with both Roger and Gene Corman, I can only assume that she and Haller knew one another at this point, and were possibly married around this time. Again, there's so little information on her that I've been able to find, that I'm not completely sure. Kinta was also known as Kinta Zabel and at times by using her marital surname, Kinta Haller. Filmmaker Monte Hellman who was mentored by Roger Corman and knew Kinta, had once stated that she could be seen during the bar scene of 1959's Beast From Haunted Cave.I've personally seen this film a number of times over the years but, unfortunately I have no idea which bar patron she is.

Chris Carpenter as the creature (and designer) in Beast From Haunted Cave (1959)
Chris Carpenter as the creature (and designer) in Beast From Haunted Cave (1959)

Kinta was undoubtedly on the B-movie scene and quite multi-faceted when it came to roles in making films. This short article is not only my tribute to her, but a type of missing persons report as well. Any leads on anymore information regarding Kinta would be greatly appreciated. Meanwhile, see if you can spot her in the bar scene in Beast From Haunted Cave; the scene begins around the 2:05 mark.

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