“I kissed her as she lay there in the coffin; and her lips were cold.” He was expecting something else? Join this episode’s Grue Crew – Whitney Collazo, Chad Hunt, Joseph Perry, and Jeff Mohr – as they take a trip back to the pre-code days with White Zombie (1932).
Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 76 – White Zombie (1932)
A young man turns to a witch doctor to lure the woman he loves away from her fiancé, but instead turns her into a zombie slave.IMDb
- Director: Victor Halperin
- Writers: Garnett Weston, based on The Magic Island by William Seabrook
- Cinematography: Arthur Martinelli
- Bela Lugosi as “Murder” Legendre
- Madge Bellamy as Madeleine Short
- Joseph Cawthorn as Dr. Bruner
- Robert W. Frazer as Charles Beaumont
- John Harron as Neil Parker
- Brandon Hurst as Silver, Beaumont’s butler
- George Burr Macannan as Von Gelder, a zombie
- Clarence Muse as a coach driver
- Frederick Peters as Chauvin, a zombie
- Annette Stone as a maid
- John Printz as Ledot, a zombie
- Dan Crimmins as Pierre, an old witch doctor
- Claude Morgan as a zombie
- John Fergusson as a zombie
- Velma Gresham as the tall maid
The Decades of Horror Classic Era Grue-Crew had all seen dribs and drabs of White Zombie but none of them had seen the complete film … until now, and boy, howdy, do they regret it. Joseph is impressed by cinematographer Arthur Martinelli’s use of light and shadow and Whitney zeroes in on a very strange and awkward scene that takes place in a sugar mill. Now restored scenes that had previously been cut are identified by Jeff. The movie is far better than Chad expected and even though he’s not a fan of voodoo zombies, he recommends White Zombie to everyone. In fact, each of the members of your loyal Grue-Crew are impressed with this film.
At this writing, White Zombie is streaming on Amazon Prime and a Blu ray is available from Kino Classics.
Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era is part of the Decades of Horror 3-week rotation with the 1970s and 1980s. In three weeks, the next episode in their very flexible schedule will be a Joseph Perry pick, The Brain that Wouldn’t Die (1962).
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