Even if you’re a zombie lover, you may or may not have seen the classics which started it all. While they may not be high on production value compared to the CGIed films of today, they still have a certain nostalgia and utter creepiness that rings through even today.
So let’s talk White Zombie. It’s a classic, no doubt about that, and it stars Bela Lugosi. If you’ve yet to see it, and love all types of zombie films, I give this one two decomposing thumbs up!
Young couple Madeleine and Neil are coaxed by acquaintance Monsieur Beaumont to get married on his Haitian plantation. Beaumont’s motives are purely selfish as he makes every attempt to convince the beautiful young girl to run away with him. For help Beaumont turns to the devious Legendre, a man who runs his mill by mind controlling people he has turned into zombies. After Beaumont uses Legendre’s zombie potion on Madeleine, he is dissatisfied with her emotionless being and wants her to be changed back. Legendre has no intention of doing this and he drugs Beaumont as well to add to his zombie collection. Meanwhile, grieving ‘widower’ Neil is convinced by a local priest that Madeleine may still be alive and he seeks her out.
My Rating: A
Interesting Facts: This film was shot in only eleven days and was completed in March 1932; according to friends of Bela Lugosi, the actor always regretted that he had taken the role of “Murder” Legendre for only $800 while the film was quite successful at the box office for the Halperin brothers; and the voodoo chanting that plays over the opening credits is sampled in the song El Imperio del Mal by the Spanish rock band Migala.
And now it’s time for the trailer…