White Zombie Reviews
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.
...with this zombie grip he made her perform his every desire!"
Very educational. For example; I learned that Bela carves a pretty mean candle. And... did anyone else know that the 'zombie grip' makes girls do whatever you want them to do? Why wasn't I informed of this years ago???
Bad: Low budget, not remastered, slow
The very first zombie film of all time. A man longs for a woman to love him, but she already has a fiancé, overcoming him with jealousy. He goes to a witch doctor to help win the woman over, but the results of his plan are not what he expected. Filling him with guilt and regret. Bela Lugosi as usual does the evil villain, of this low budet horror movie, and does a great job of it. White Zombie has Bela acting the part of Murder Legendre, an evil witchdoctor. The acting on a whole is pretty good. There are scenes where deeper emotion could be beneficial to the screenplay. For back in 1932 this plot was original, leading to future zombie movies. It is still original even now though, I have never seen a movie where they mix zombieism with a jealous lover that will do anything to win the woman of his dreams. This film was independant, and therefore no large company has attempted to remaster it in any form. At few points in the movie the words will be cut off, movements will be jerky when they re-rolled the scene, but you can usually get the point they were putting across. The movie moves slowly for the one hour it lasts, but I still found it enjoyable. If it were any longer the amount of enjoyment would suffer. This should be a film in the high ranks of movies with Dracula and Frakenstein. But instead it has been cast down to the depths of old movies that never reach their full potential. Like many movies of this decade there is basically no action and all dialogue. It also gave Rob Zombie the name for his debut band White Zombie.