This remake of West of Zanzibar (1928) made four years later tries to outdo the Lon Chaney original in morbidity. From a wheelchair a handicapped white man rules an area of Africa as a ...
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This remake of West of Zanzibar (1928) made four years later tries to outdo the Lon Chaney original in morbidity. From a wheelchair a handicapped white man rules an area of Africa as a living god. He rules the local natives through superstition and stage magic and he rules the few white people through sadism, keeping them virtual prisoners. He lives for the day he can avenge himself horribly on the man who stole his wife and crushed his spine. Strong and macabre stuff in a nearly forgotten horror film.Written by
Mark Leeper <email@example.com>
This movie is stunning. Made before the Hays Code came down hard on Hollywood - this movie and (many like them made during the Depression) - tried everything they could to get audiences to part with their hard-earned and hard to find money. So, many of the early thirties movies were filled with sex, drugs, pathos, fallen women, forbidden love and anything else naughty. People just wanted to forget and certainly anything set in the far off lands of Africa made people dream and fantasize and drool. I was lucky enough to see this on a movie screen last night at a retrospective on Pre-Hays Code movies. And this movie is unbelievable. Walter Huston chews up the scenery and the jungle and everything else in it. Revenge! He wants revenge for the man who "kicked in his spine"! Huston keeps a sign up in his place with the words "He Sneered" on it - to remind Huston that the man SNEERED, SNEERED mind you! as he kicked in his spine. And his plot for revenge is mind-boggling and hilarious. Yes, this movie is dated and the poor actors dressed up as ignorant savages can only be pitied - (they even have the large rings in their noses!!!). But as a sweaty, dirty jungle movie - they don't get any better than this. Seek this weirdo out!
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