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KING OF THE ZOMBIES (1941) – Episode 174 – Decades of Horror: The Classic Era

“The witchin’ hour. … Feedin’ time for the haints and I’m caught in the kitchen!” Dining with the haints? It’s a dream come true! Join this episode’s Grue-Crew – Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, Doc Rotten, and Jeff Mohr along with guest host Scott Wells – as they discuss this Mantan Moreland vehicle, King of the Zombies (1941).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 174 – King of the Zombies (1941)

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On a spooky island, three stranded travelers find an evil doctor working with foreign spies and in control of zombies.

Combine the “Old Dark House” genre with a voodoo-zombie picture and you get King of the Zombies (1941). This light-hearted, slightly cringy but entertaining B-Movie feature is well worth a look back at its style, impact, and cast. The film may not be widely remembered but it handles the genre with ease, humor, and a smidge of tension. The Grue-Crew examines the film’s contributions and missteps. Let the shenanigans begin.

At the time of this writing, King of the Zombies is available for streaming from the Classic Horror Movie Channel, Amazon Prime, MGM+, Screambox, Kanopy, and Tubi.

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next in their very flexible schedule, as chosen by Daphne is The Snake Girl and the Silver-Haired Witch (1968). A Daiei Studios production directed by Noriaki Yuasa, one of the creators of Gamera, this one was released along with Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare. It’ll be fun!

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Jeff Mohr
Jeff lives smack dab in the middle of the cornfields of Iowa and is a long-time horror fan. His first remembered encounters with the genre were The Wizard of Oz, Tarzan gorilla chases, and watching the first broadcast of The Twilight Zone episode, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." While he now qualifies as an old fart, he strives to be an Old Boy. Paraphrasing Robert Bloch, he has the heart of a small boy. He keeps it in a jar on his desk. Jeff has written for and SQ Horror Magazine. He currently writes for Gruesome Magazine and is a co-host of the Decades of Horror podcasts - The Classic Era, 1970s, and 1980s - and the Gruesome Magazine Podcast.