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

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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Horror

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Release Date:

4 August 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A fehér zombi  »

Box Office

Budget:

$50,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (Roan restoration) | (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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. See more »

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Angels of death creep and groan.
24 August 2004 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

This is a horror classic. A wealthy traveler(Robert Frazer)is smitten by a lovely young woman(Madge Bellamy)on a cruise ship and invites her and her fiancé(John Harron)to hold their nuptials at his plantation home on the island of Haiti. Harron is promised a high paying job to insure a visit. Frazer's darkest intentions are to lure Bellamy away from her fiancé; and enters an alliance with an island zombie master(Bela Lugosi) to win the possession of the young woman...alive or dead. Bellamy suddenly falls ill and dies only to be resurrected as...yes, a zombie...and Frazer's love slave. A strange and bizarre finale determines the captivating, but mesmerized beauty's fate. Incredible otherworldly atmosphere and the eerie, haunting Lugosi insures a high quality black and white thriller.


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