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Widely remembered for Bela Lugosi’s haunting performance and its voodoo take on zombies, Victor Halperin’s White Zombie (1932) is getting the Blu-ray restoration treatment from independent U.S. distributor Vci Entertainment.
White Zombie stars Bela Lugosi, Madge Bellamy, Joseph Cawthorn, Robert Frazer, and John Harron. Vci Entertainment’s Blu-ray release of the film will be available for purchase on May 6th. Vci Entertainment provided an official synopsis and video of what went into their restoration of White Zombie, and you can check them both out below:
“Bela Lugosi gave one of his most classic characterizations as the voodoo master in this minor classic of terror. Here, the horror and supernatural aspects of the plot were not the result of man’s imitation of dread superstition. Here, the zombies are true creatures of the dead, under the control of zombie-master Lugosi, a delicious evil sort who weaves his web of »
- Derek Anderson
The Zombie Film: From White Zombie to World War Z (March 18, Applause Books, $29.99) is the most comprehensive examination of the zombie film genre to date. With a detailed filmography of over 400 movies stretching back to the genre’s earliest days, it begins with such classics as White Zombie (1932), starring Bela Lugosi, but also examines lesser-known films, such as The Ghoul (1933), with Boris Karloff, and the exploitation film Ouanga (1936). The … Continue reading →
Voodoo has always been a creepy subject, and a popular choice for horror films, perhaps most notably with the classic (and first) White Zombie, starring Bela Lugosi as an evil voodoo master. Now, the misunderstood religion finds itself in the spotlight once again, with FX’s hit American Horror Story: Coven. But that’s not the only horror property delving into the Haitian religion. Allow me to introduce you to Walter Boholst’s horror film Voodoo Possession, out today, January 14th, on VOD platforms. Despite the over the top name, the film actually has complicated themes (and Danny Trejo), and isn’t a straight riff on the wacky voodoo doll tropes of bad horror movies. I recently got a chance to talk with actor and star Ryan Caltagirone (The Flip Side, The Big Year), who plays the tortured protagonist Aiden Chase in the film.
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- Andy Greene
3 items from 2014
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