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December 17, 2017
Low budget independant film which had a great script, director, sound, and of course leading star. Well worth watching in spite of the weaknesses of supporting cast, cinematography & editing. This would make a great remake with sepia toned film.
½ November 2, 2017
Another Lugosi classic! Incredibly creepy!
½ November 1, 2017
A thrilling and often overlooked gem of 1930s horror cinema. The best zombie film of all time certainly up until a Mr Romero appeared on the scene. Lugosi is pretty good but the sets and dramatic tale are superb.
½ October 26, 2017
People whine about the acting and effects. Stop! It's a 1930s B horror movie. It's exactly what it should be... awesome. Frig that vulture was annoying. It would have been better if we had more invested in the couple.
October 12, 2017
1931's Dracula Is One Of My Favorite Films.
June 3, 2016
Similarly to Dreyer's "Vampyr" (which this movie reminded me of more than a little), there's a lot of great things to be said about this film. Lugosi's performance is one of his most legendary, the reused Universal sets look astonishing as usual, the lighting is beautiful, the atmosphere is perfect, and some of the imagery is unforgettable. Unfortunately also like Vampyr, this movie suffers from being inconsistent, with some truly atrocious acting and a muddled plot. The film is ultimately a minor horror classic (the very first zombie movie ever!), but its shortcomings make it a film only for the devoted horror fans. For those of us who can't get enough of these sorts of films, you won't regret sitting through some of the dull or painfully bad moments, because there's enough striking early gothic brilliance to keep you going.
April 24, 2016
This is an early undead movie starring Bela LUGOSI with unfortunately degraded audio and video quality. It is more creepy than scary, relying on acting and scenery rather than on special effects.
½ March 3, 2016
Good 1932 B movie for the time. Thanks
½ November 7, 2015
This honestly felt less like I ?watched? a movie and more like I just checked one off a to-see list, as it?s a pretty unremarkable little slavery allegory. The deadly serious intent doesn?t quite translate to modern sensibilities, and Lugosi?s face seems to be stuck on seriously annoyed. Some cool old film techniques, though, which utilize shadows and silhouettes nicely.
October 26, 2015
Much more of a romantic film than a horror zombie flick. Throughout the whole movie, many scenes can be long, but i felt i should watch it cause it's Bela Lugosi classic and supposed to be the first zombie movie. The acting is good but sometimes overacted. This movie was made independently and sort of hidden by the big block buster horrors from the early 30's. Recommended !!
September 8, 2015
Wonderful supernatural thriller/horror. A true classic. A very wealthy man makes a deal with a voodoo witch doctor to kill and raise a beautiful woman as a zombie, so he can have her forever.

The deal gets sour when he realizes that the zombie Madge is nothing like the Madge whom he met and previously coveted.

So beautifully shot, and acted. Great sets, and a really interesting story about jealousy, possession and love.
½ March 21, 2015
for a low budget B movie this works thx 2 Lugosi
December 25, 2014
Being "the first zombie" movie, it might be a must-see, but it's actually fairly dull, uneven, and has some annoying main characters. Bela Legosi, however makes it bearable, the zombies are pretty creepy, and the sets and sounds are well-conceived. Worth a watch, but probably only once.
October 29, 2014
The star in this movie is the evil looking of Bela Lugosi.
½ October 19, 2014
It took me this long to watch the very first zombie film and it pretty much delivers. Bela Lugosi is damn mesmerizing as a voodoo master.
October 7, 2014
Hypnotic, beautiful, bizarre, it moves like some kind of underwater dream, with Bela Lugosi's eyes as the principal motif, and it's always fascinating to see pre-Romero zombies, which are all about mindless slave labor, as opposed to the post-Romero, mindlessly consumptive zombies, which are often about mindless consumption. The constraints of the low budget are clear, but this is still a beautiful production, with gorgeous visuals and some creative early sound design in scenes, and the use of the damsel in distress at the center of the film serves as a fascinating sort of objective correlative for a feminist reading.
October 2, 2014
Great early horror. The score and Lugosi's eyes steal the show. The plot is surprisingly easy to follow for a 30's horror film. Must watch for any horror fan.
June 13, 2014
An operatic and eerily scary low budget zombie horror that predates Romero's Night of the Living Dead by more than 30 years.
April 26, 2014
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 capitalized upon. The storyline is pretty good, but it's all stuff we've seen before in other, more superior films: a doctor gone mad on an unknown island 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, it 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 to see it than that.
January 4, 2014
It's the old classic horror tale, it may have aged terribly but it's still a good movie, not perfect, but good.
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