White Zombie: Anatomy of a Horror Film

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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, ...

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Overview

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.

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786409884
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/15/2001
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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Table of Contents

Foreword 1
Introduction 5
Ch. 1 Analyzing the Texts and Contexts: White Zombie Under Scrutiny 13
Ch. 2 Casting the Mold: The Pre-Halperin World of Voodoo and Zombies 70
Ch. 3 Bringing an Independent Film to Life: White Zombie in Production 89
Ch. 4 Exhibiting the Land of the Living Dead: White Zombie on First Release 115
Ch. 5 Continuing the Tradition: More Voodoo, More Zombies 161
Ch. 6 Creeping Back from the Grave: White Zombie's Modern Cultural Impact 185
Ch. 7 Preserving the History: The Restoration of White Zombie 194
Ch. 8 Re-examining the Reputation: White Zombie Under Modern Critical Scrutiny 202
Ch. 9 Reviewing the Literature: White Zombie in Print 210
Ch. 10 Reconstructing a Director: The Life and Career of Victor Hugo Halperin 216
App. A Reviews of The Magic Island 251
App. B Zombie Program Information 253
App. C Reviews of Zombie 255
App. D White Zombie Cast and Credits 257
App. E White Zombie Pressbook Information 258
App. F Additional White Zombie Ballyhoo 263
App. G Reviews of White Zombie 265
App. H White Zombie Theater Grosses 269
App. I White Zombie British Pressbook Information 273
App. J White Zombie Videocassette Releases 280
App. K Subsequent Careers of White Zombie's Cast, Crew, and Auxiliaries 282
App. L Revolt of the Zombies Pressbook Information 290
App. M Victor Halperin Family Scrapbook Photographs 291
App. N Cast and Credits for Other Victor Halperin Films 295
App. O Strange Lands and Seven Seas 302
App. P White Zombie Shot List 305
Chapter Notes 319
Index 345
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