Directed by Victor Hugo Halperin
Bela Lugosi plays an evil witch doctor who commands zombies in this horror classic which (duh) inspired the name of Rob Zombie's '90s alternative group. Murder Legendre is the zombie master of Haiti, who is approached one evening by a young man named Charles who needs help with a twisted plan. Kill Madeline, the girl who rejected him and married another, and bring her back as a zombie. Then she can be Charles' forever. Set on the voodoo-filled isle of Haiti, WHITE ZOMBIE offers a chilling crash course in what NOT to do when the love of your life rejects you.
Bela Lugosi plays an evil witch doctor who commands zombies in this horror classic.
Cast: Bela Lugosi, Madge Bellamy, Joseph Cawthorn, An Jo
It hasn't aged the best, but Lugosi was always great at projecting menace, Bellamy is wonderful, and even tho it's a bit part, Clarence Muse (the coachman) gives everything he's got to that warning about the dangers of zombies.
Truly a classic, and a must-see for fans of zombies. It would be amazing to have a colorized version!
The expressionist cinema gave root to our modern horror pictures. This is the original Zombie story. All of the elements work perfectly---the sets, lighting, editing, script, acting performances, and effects are just brilliant. A gem from the 1930's starring Bela 'Dracula' Legosi (Bey-La). Thank you Kino Classics for presenting this film on Shudder!