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White Zombie
     

White Zombie

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Director: Victor Halperin, Bela Lugosi, Madge Bellamy, Joseph Cawthorn

Cast: Victor Halperin, Bela Lugosi, Madge Bellamy, Joseph Cawthorn

 

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In this haunting low-budgeter, Bela Lugosi stars as Murder Legendre, a shadowy character who exercises supernatural powers over the natives in his Haitian domain. Coveting Madge Bellamy as his bride, wealthy Robert Frazier enters into an unholy agreement with Lugosi, whereby Madge will die, then be resurrected as a zombie.

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In this haunting low-budgeter, Bela Lugosi stars as Murder Legendre, a shadowy character who exercises supernatural powers over the natives in his Haitian domain. Coveting Madge Bellamy as his bride, wealthy Robert Frazier enters into an unholy agreement with Lugosi, whereby Madge will die, then be resurrected as a zombie.

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All Movie Guide - Hal Erickson
It is altogether typical of Bela Lugosi's lousy business judgement that he accepted one of his finest film roles for a mere $500 dollars. In the haunting low-budgeter White Zombie, Lugosi stars as Murder Legendre, a shadowy character who exercises supernatural powers over the natives in his Haitian domain. Coveting beautiful Madge Bellamy as his bride, wealthy Robert Frazier is refused her hand in marriage. He enters into an unholy agreement with Lugosi, whereby Madge will fall ill and die, then be resurrected as a zombie-and, implicitly, Frazier's love-slave. This is accomplished, but Lugosi, relishing the hold he has over Frazier, refuses to release Madge's soul. She is ultimately rescued from Living Death by her faithful beau Robert Harron and missionary Joseph Cawthorn (heretofore merely the comedy relief). Few talkie horror films have ever so expertly captured the "feel" of the silent cinema as White Zombie; the film's ethereal, ghostlike ambience enables the audiences to accept even the most ludicrous of plot twists. The producers, Victor and Edward Halperin, use the film's tiny budget to their advantage, evocatively suggesting the horrors that they haven't the financial wherewithal to show on screen. Lugosi is superb throughout, making the most of such seemingly innocuous lines as "Well, well, we understand one another better, now." Long ignored or shunted aside as insignificant, White Zombie can hold its own with any of the like-vintage Universal horror classics.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/22/2016
UPC:
0889290274427
Original Release:
1932
Source:
Film Detective
Time:
1:09:00
Sales rank:
15,924

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Performance Credits
Bela Lugosi Murder LeGrande
Madge Bellamy Madeline Short
Joseph Cawthorn Dr. Bruner
Robert W. Frazer Charles Beaumont
John Harron Neil Parker
Clarence Muse Coach Driver
Brandon Hurst Silver
Dan Crimmins Pierre
John Peters Chauvin
Frederick Peters Actor
Velma Gresham Maid
John Ferguson Actor
George Burr MacAnnan Von Gelder
Annette Stone Actor
John Printz Actor

Technical Credits
Victor Halperin Director
Howard A. Anderson Special Effects
Carl Axzelle Makeup
Ralph Berger Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Xavier Cugat Score Composer
Edward Halperin Producer
Arthur Martineli Cinematographer
Harold McLernon Editor
Abe Meyer Score Composer
Jack P. Pierce Makeup
Hugo Riesenfeld Score Composer
Garnett Weston Screenwriter

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White Zombie 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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