White Zombie (1932)

Passed  |   |  Horror  |  4 August 1932 (USA)
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A young man turns to a witch doctor to lure the woman he loves away from her fiance, but instead turns her into a zombie slave.



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Complete credited cast:
Madeline Short Parker
Joseph Cawthorn ...
Dr. Bruner
Robert Frazer ...
Charles Beaumont
John Harron ...
Neil Parker
Brandon Hurst ...
George Burr Macannan ...
Von Gelder - Zombie (as George Burr MacAnnan)
Frederick Peters ...
Chauvin - Zombie
Annette Stone ...
John Printz ...
Ledot - Zombie
Dan Crimmins ...
Pierre - Witch Doctor
Claude Morgan ...
John Fergusson ...
Velma Gresham ...
Tall Maid


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. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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Release Date:

4 August 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A fehér zombi  »

Box Office


$50,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


| (Roan restoration) | (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


"White Zombie" did a lot of shooting at rented Universal studios and sets, props, and furniture from such Universal classics as "The Cat and the Canary" "Frankenstein," and "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" can be spotted by astute film fans.. See more »


When Madeline is removed from the crypt, the pallbearer zombies carry her open casket head first. Cut to the procession going up the hill outside the crypt, she is now feet first. See more »


[first lines]
Neil Parker: Looks like a burial.
Madeline: In the road?
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Crazy Credits

A huge percentage of this film's credited crew have their names simply listed under the heading "Art and Technical" with no further identification of job. See more »


Featured in Lugosi: The Forgotten King (1985) See more »


Incidental Symphonies
Music by Gaston Borch
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Pretty good, but Lugosi is great **1/2
26 August 2004 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

I'm a big Bela Lugosi fan, as well as a sucker for '30s and '40s horror chestnuts in general. But no matter how many times I watch WHITE ZOMBIE, I'm just always a bit short of considering it a "good" movie. Lugosi is delightfully weird and mysterious as Murder Legendre, a sinister zombie master who commands a legion of Walking Dead, and who grants a favor to a jealous man by helping him possess the woman he yearns for -- by turning her into a mindless zombie!

The surroundings are purely macabre and unsettling. But despite these assets, something goes astray in the snail-like pacing. Some of the acting is hopelessly dated and exaggerated, most notably by con man Robert Frazer and, to a lesser extent, hero John Harron. It's interesting that Lugosi - who's often lambasted by critics for overdoing it himself - is perfectly "on," however.

WHITE ZOMBIE is still a "pretty good" horror movie in its own right for such a minor production. But it's not a film I would recommend to those younger viewers who tend to feel bored by older classic films.

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