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White Zombie: Anatomy of a Horror Film
     

White Zombie: Anatomy of a Horror Film

by Gary D. Rhodes, George E. Turner (Foreword by)
 

The 1932 horror film White Zombie starring Bela Lugosi has received controversial attention from film reviewers and scholars—but it is unarguably a cult classic worthy of study. This book analyzes the film text from nearly every possible viewpoint, using both academic and popular film theories. Also supplied is an extensive intellectual history of the

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The 1932 horror film White Zombie starring Bela Lugosi has received controversial attention from film reviewers and scholars—but it is unarguably a cult classic worthy of study. This book analyzes the film text from nearly every possible viewpoint, using both academic and popular film theories. Also supplied is an extensive intellectual history of the predecessor works to White Zombie, as well as information on the significance it carried for subsequent books and films, its theatrical release around the country, its modern cultural influence, and the attempts to restore the film to its original state. Other noteworthy features of this work include an in-depth biography of White Zombie director Victor Halperin, the first complete study of his life and career, and 244 images and photographs.

Editorial Reviews

Scarlet Street
massive...excellent...loaded with rare stills and illustrations...fascinating reading
C&RL News
exhaustive...[a] massively documented work...deserves to be emulated as a model for single-film scholarship in the future
Little Shoppe of Horrors
an exhaustive account...most impressive in its tireless research and impeccable scholarship...the book quickly wins over the reader with its wealth of fascinating information...really comes to life with its biography of director Halperin interwoven with a meticulous reconstruction of his unique but little documented career...it's a winner

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786409884
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
09/15/2001
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.99(d)

Meet the Author

Gary D. Rhodes, a documentary filmmaker, is a professor at the Queen's University, Belfast.

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