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1932 / Horror
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Directed by Victor Halperin
Written by Garnett Weston
Starring Bela Lugosi, Madge Bellamy, Joseph Cawthorn, Robert Frazer, John Harron and Brandon Hurst

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.

The following tags are associated with this movie: zombies
White Zombie (1932)
Review by Michael Mahoney

6 / 10
Often regarded as the first-ever zombie film, I have to admit, I liked this flick more the last few times I saw it as opposed to this viewing.

Make no mistake, White Zombie is still a classic film - there are some great sets (both the crypt/graveyard and the castle at the end), some solid performances, quite a bit of creepy imagery, and an overall good story. At the same time, despite running for just over an hour (hour and seven minutes, to be exact), I still felt a bit bored at times.

Made a year after the classic Dracula, Bela Lugosi does really well as the antagonist. Related, Robert Frazer also has a solid presence, and his final act really brings his character arc together. John Harron was an interesting lead actor, mainly because he has a smaller physique than I'm used to seeing, but it still worked well. Lastly, playing his wife, Madge Bellamy does well as both a young, enthusiastic woman and as a zombie, so props to her.

Given the movie's shorter, whenever I felt the plot drag, it was rather disappointing. What probably made it a little worse is the fact that while the visual print I saw was impeccable (very crisp black-and-white, which isn't at all like the commonly available print of this one), the audio quality suffered a bit, and because of that, it wasn't uncommon for it to be difficult to pick up some of the dialogue.

Like I said, though, this movie is still a classic. It was never my favorite of the 30's horror output, but it was always an acceptable film. It still is, though like I said, I liked it more during previous viewings. Definitely worth a watch, my issues notwithstanding, if you're a fan of classic horror.
Other zombies movies that you may enjoy

Pontypool (2008)

Dorm of the Dead (2006)

Plaga Zombie (1997)

Dead Snow (2009)
More releases from 1932 for you to check out

Island of Lost Souls (1932)

The Monster Walks (1932)

Vampyr (1932)

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