Revolt of the Zombies (1936) - Rotten Tomatoes

Revolt of the Zombies (1936)

Revolt of the Zombies




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Designed as a follow-up to the Halperin Brothers' phenomenally successful White Zombie, Revolt of the Zombies unfortunately isn't nearly as good. The story is set in Cambodia in the years following WWI. Evil Count Mazovia (Roy D'Arcy) has come into possession of the secret methods by which dead men can be transformed into walking zombies and uses these unholy powers to create a race of slave laborers. An expedition is sent to the ruins of Angkor Wat, in hopes of ending Mazovia's activities once and for all. Unfortunately, Armand (Dean Jagger), one of the members of the expedition, has his own agenda. Stealing a set of secret tablets, he sets about to create his own army of zombies, targeting those whom he considers to be enemies. But Armand is hoist on his own petard when the zombies rebel and turn against him. The anachronistic moviemaking techniques which contributed so much to the atmosphere and entertainment value of White Zombie are totally out of place in Revolt of the Zombies; also, Dean Jagger's performance lacks the conviction necessary for this sort of horror fare.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Rollo Lloyd, Howard Higgin, Victor Halperin
In Theaters:
Academy Entertainment


Dorothy Stone
as Claire Duval
Dean Jagger
as Armand Louque
Roy D'Arcy
as Gen. Mazovia
George Cleveland
as Gen. Duval
Robert Noland
as Clifford Grayson
Fred Warren
as Dr. Trevissant
Carl Stockdale
as Ignacio McDonald
Hans Schumm
as German Soldier
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Critic Reviews for Revolt of the Zombies

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

The story is crude and inexplicable, the acting stagey, the tone completely gaudy and not even a tiny bit horrifying.

Full Review… | April 27, 2011
Antagony & Ecstasy

A barely-there soap opera with superstitious underpinnings thrown in for good measure.

Full Review… | October 9, 2007
Projection Booth

Revolting is right.

July 6, 2006
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

In many, many ways, this is not a good movie.

Full Review… | December 16, 2002
Goatdog's Movies

Supposed sequel to White Zombie. Just plain dreadful. And dull.

October 2, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Revolt of the Zombies

First of all this movie was badly made, so the look and feel is very cheap/low budget, and not in a good way. The story itself has been done before, for example in the movie White Zombie, which I would recommend seeing instead of this movie. Plus, this movie forgets that zombies are corpses, not just people who are being mind-controlled. This movie isn't worth the time.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


An archeologist whose been scorned by a woman tries to find the ancient secret of creating "zombies" (actually, creating slaves through a kind of chemical hypnosis) in Angkor Wat. No real suspense, atmosphere, or zombies; it's hard to believe the same director who made the brilliant WHITE ZOMBIE followed it up with this clunker.

Greg S

Super Reviewer

Boring. Not suspenseful or scary at all. The zombies are not recognizable as zombies by today's standards (more mass voodoo mind-control). The frights audiences of the time might have received was probably more a racist thing.

Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer

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