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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 ...
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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 <>

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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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Classic Zombie movie
21 July 2004 | by (Chesapeake, VA) – See all my reviews

You have to change your way of looking at movies to really enjoy old horror movies like this one. Don't be in a rush to see action, violence and don't expect to see any bloodshed at all. Most of the grisly part is implied and you have to fill in the details. Instead, watch it for the scenery, the acting and the plot.

I prefer the older horror films to the newer, slash-fest movies because they allow me to think and they generally have a good, moral theme. You never have a good guy as a demon or a fiend, for instance.

White Zombie has the older, traditional zombie characters that are not evil in themselves. Instead, they are mindless and controlled by a shaman, who is generally evil and must be destroyed to set the zombies, who are victims, free. In the newer Zombie movies like Night of the Living Dead, the Zombies are either not controlled or are evil themselves and must be destroyed.

I think the acting by the zombies is very good and so is their make-up (i.e. they have very frightening faces.) Their master, played by Bela Lugosi, is also played masterfully. The missionary is also good, but most of the rest of the cast is only average.

It's a fun movie to watch and I gave it a score of 7 out of 10. If you love early horror movies, buy it. Don't pay more than $10 unless it's packaged with other movies because the picture and the sound quality are weak. If not, you might catch it on a Friday night horror fest on TV. It's worth the time watching it if for Bela Lugosi alone.

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