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White Zombie (1932)

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

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Complete credited cast:
... 'Murder' Legendre
... Madeline Short Parker
... Dr. Bruner
... Charles Beaumont
... Neil Parker
... Silver
George Burr Macannan ... Von Gelder - Zombie (as George Burr MacAnnan)
Frederick Peters ... Chauvin - Zombie
Annette Stone ... Maid
... Ledot - Zombie (as John Printz)
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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They knew this fiend was practicing zombiism on the Natives, but when he tried it on a white girl the nation revolted. See more »

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4 August 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Im Bann des weissen Zombies  »

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Budget:

$50,000 (estimated)
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| (Roan restoration) | (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In 2002 Madacy re-released this movie on DVD in the DVD 3 pack "Bela Lugosi". The other 2 movies are: The Corpse Vanishes 1942 and Scared to Death 1947. All of them were considered to be in the public domain at the time, thereby bypassing the usual legal technicalities. See more »

Goofs

Even though the movie is set in Haiti you can see steam coming from the mouths as if it was cold. See more »

Quotes

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


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Ill at Ease
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Music by H. Maurice Jacquet
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A Classic For Some Reason, A Good One at That
12 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

I'm not entirely sure why this film is considered a horror classic. But having seen many other horror films from the 1930s, I would have to agree it's definitely one of the better ones.

The plot: a Frenchman in Haiti makes a deal with Bela Lugosi to turn a beautiful young woman (Madge Bellamy, the finest 1930s woman by far) into a zombie. But then he becomes disillusioned and Bela Lugosi strikes back at the Frenchman. Oh ,and there are other zombies, an absent-minded professor and a really annoying screeching vulture.

This film has some of the strangest transitions between scenes. I forget the word for when the screen slides over, but it does it a number of times in short succession in some strange shapes (like curtains, or diagonally). And there is a weird fascination with showing Bela Lugosi' eyes and his hand gestures repeatedly. The eyes reveal what seems to me some of the fakest eyebrows ever glued to a forehead.

But if you like Lugosi or classic horror, or Madge Bellamy... yeah, you should see this film. So much crap is pumped out of theaters and studios these days in the horror genre, why not see the roots that inspired all this before it went bad?


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