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King of the Zombies (1941)

Passed | | Adventure, Comedy, Horror | 14 May 1941 (USA)
On a spooky island, three stranded travelers find an evil doctor working with foreign spies and in control of zombies.

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Complete credited cast:
... James McCarthy
... Barbara Winslow
... Jeff
... Dr. Miklos Sangre
... Bill Summers
Patricia Stacey ... Alyce Sangre
Guy Usher ... Adm. Wainwright
Marguerite Whitten ... Samantha
Leigh Whipper ... Momba
Madame Sul-Te-Wan ... Tahama
James Davis ... Lazarus (as Jimmy Davis)
Laurence Criner ... Dr. Couillie (as Lawrence Criner)
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During World War 2, a small plane off the south coast of America is low on fuel and blown off course by a storm. Guided by a faint radio signal, they crashland on an island. The passenger, his manservant and the pilot take refuge in a mansion owned by a doctor. The easily-spooked manservant soon becomes convinced the mansion is haunted by zombies and ghosts. Exploring, the 3 find a voodoo ritual in the cellar, where the doctor is trying to acquire war intelligence by transferring personalities into his zombies. But the interruption causes the zombies to turn on their creator. Written by Cynan Rees <cynanrees@hotmail.com>

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ARE YOU A ZOMBIE? If you can sit through this spine-tingling carnival of shrieks and howls without getting the thrill of a lifetime...you must belong to the living dead! See more »


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14 May 1941 (USA)  »

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El rey de los zombies  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film has an unofficial sequel with two of the original cast members, with Mantan Moreland reprising his role as Jeff in Revenge of the Zombies (1943). See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Sangre is showing Bill and Mac their quarters, the boom mic shadow is often visible on the wall with the entry door. See more »

Quotes

Bill Summers: [about to chase off after another eerie happening] Come on!
Jefferson 'Jeff' Jackson: I cain't, my foot done took to root.
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EXCELLENT! Mantan Moreland is hilarious! See this one!
10 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

This movie is a gem. Even though some politically correct idiots criticize some of the 'stereotypical' black behavior, ignore them. This movie is funny and anything funny is good.

Mantan Moreland is the main reason to see this movie. He steals every scene and turns a slow, and ultra low budget horror movie into a laugh riot.

This movies has everything; laughs, zombies, hypnotism, a voodoo priestess and a German Spy. Plus, Mantan Moreland's one liners are hysterical.

"Being a zombie sure has its disadvantages".

Looking at voodoo priestess: Mantan : Who's Methusalah? I know a museum that would give a fortune just to get her under glass. What's cooking? Samantha : That's brew. Mantan : Brew? Home Brew in this day and age? Why, don't you people know Prohibition has been repealed? Samantha:How's it taste? Mantan : I don't know but it ain't Kosher.

Dr. Sangre : The living dead? Mantan : That's it. That's what they is, dead folks that's too lazy to lie down!

Whether this 1941 movie is politically correct in the 21st century is irrelevant. Plus, it is indicative of it's time. It's stupid for critics to try to censor or dismiss this movie merely because of political correctness. The movie is funny and funny is timeless and divine.


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