Sunday, October 25, 2009

White Zombie (1932)

4 / 5
Tagline: The Dead Walk Among Us!
Directed by: Victor Halperin
Written by: Garnett Weston
Actors include: Bela Lugosi, Madge Bellamy, Joseph Cawthorne
Genre: Horror
Length: 69 minutes
Banned: Nope
Country: USA

I actually thought this was rather atmospheric and neat, the shadows really worked to their advantage in this one. It's obviously one of the first major zombie films and a good one at that. On route to be married a young couple is intercepted by their new friend Mr. Beaumont and they are convinced to stay with him. Beaumont takes a liking to the female and gives her a zombism potion to appear dead so the fiancee would take off. At the same time the area is littered with zombie workers as well they work slowly but ask no pay, the scenes in the work environment were the creepiest. They actually do a decent job making their zombies give us the creeps. As the woman comes back Beaumont is alarmed to find that she's a zombie, but when the zombie potion maker decides he has an alternate use for the female well things get nasty. It's a pretty easy to get through film, it's short, it's creepy and it clearly lays out zombie motives and ways using Haitian voodoo and such. This is a must for horror fans and zombie film fans, sure it's rather dated but it's more than worth your while.

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