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      White Zombie

      1932, Horror, 1h 13m

      22 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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      Murder Legendre is the menacingly named zombie master of Haiti. Charles Beaumont goes to him when he needs help for a twisted plan. Spurned in marriage by Madeline Short, Beaumont has decided on a simple solution: kill Short and bring her back as a zombie. Then he can be with her forever. The only problem comes when Legendre keeps the fetching girl for himself -- and her new husband comes to Madeline's rescue.

      • Genre: Horror

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Victor Halperin

      • Producer: Edward Halperin

      • Writer: Garnett Weston, Garnett Weston

      • Release Date (Theaters):  original

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      • Distributor: LS Video, Sinister Cinema, Liberty Home Video, Englewood Entertainment [us], The Roan Group, Joseph Brenner Associates Inc. [us], United Artists, Screencraft Pictures Inc. [us], Admit One Video, Mars Distribution

      • Production Co: Halperin Productions, Victor & Edward Halperin Productions

      • Sound Mix: Mono

      Cast & Crew

      Bela Lugosi
      Madge Bellamy
      Robert Frazer
      John Harron
      Clarence Muse
      George Burr Macannan
      Gaston Borch
      Nathaniel Dett
      H. Maurice Jacquet
      Leo Kempenski
      Hugo Riesenfeld
      Xavier Cugat
      Guy Bevier
      Jack P. Pierce
      Arthur Martinelli
      Harold McLernon
      Ralph Berger
      Carl Axzelle
      William Cody
      Herbert Glazer

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      • Oct 01, 2018

        Overlooked perhaps, but this is one of the greats of the genre and due largely to (dare I say it?) the hypnotic performance of it's star, Bela Lugosi. Mesmerizing. And yes, zombies too, but such is Lugosi's chi that his minions are actually less frightening than Lugosi himself. How good is this? It challenges his performance in Dracula.

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      • Apr 10, 2013

        White Zombie is another early Bela Lugosi vehicle, this time he plays an evil voodoo witch doctor who's creating an army of zombies to do his bidding. A young couple recently arrives in Haiti to get married at their friend's estate. But their friend has ulterior motives for inviting them. He's determined to steal her away from the groom. With the help of the evil Legendre (Lugosi), he slips her the zombie potion on her wedding day. However, he has her as a zombie, and where's the fun in that? Lugosi as Dracula and as Legendre does the hypnotic stare and also does a lot of things with his hands. In fact, he might be doing much the same character, just different make-up. The rest of the cast is pretty undistinguished, and apart from it's notoriety as the first "zombie movie" there isn't much reason to watch this. It's rather dull and uninteresting by today's standards.

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      • Dec 27, 2011

        It's a shame that Bela Lugosi didn't get more leading parts that exercised his abilities as an actor, but then again, he was quite happy to indulge in his horror legacy and make a living off of it in the process. White Zombie was released a year after the success of Dracula, and its popularity was a big part of that success. However, the film itself isn't quite as good as the one it capatlized on. The storyline is pretty good, but it's all stuff we've seen before and that already we're quite familiar with. A mysterious doctor madman on unknown islands doing devilish things away from society. That's certainly nothing new. The film has a lot of atmosphere and some genuinely creepy moments, but overall just doesn't hold up well or stand out among the others. Most will only watch it for Lugosi's performance, and I can't think of a better reason than that to see it.

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      • Mar 01, 2011

        Probably the first zombie movie. Ever. Bela Lugosi plays a sinister voodoo master who has brought the dead to life to work for him. When he comes across a bride to be he hypnotises her and makes her into a zombie, confusing and enraging her husband and also a jealous rival. The zombies in this aren't the flesh tearing, brain eating ones we're used to nowadays. In White Zombie they are just lifeless bodies, made to work, which is still a satire on modern life and something which George Romero would have picked up on. This relies on atmosphere for the most part and does quite well. The performances are good and Lugosi has a scary smile and general look about him which makes him perfect as the voodoo master. Pretty good for 1932. And yes, the great 90's metal band did take their name from this film!

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