WHITE ZOMBIE (1932 U.S.) D: VICTOR HALPERIN W: GARNETT WESTON P: EDWARD HALPERIN
Joseph Cawthorn and Madge Bellamy (aka Margaret Philpott) visit her new friend Robert Frazer on his Haiitian plantation prior to their wedding. Frazer is secretly in love with Bellamy and enlists the help of voodoo master Bela Lugosi (in great Carl Axelle and Jack Pierce make-up). Lugosi (who`s restrained considering his hammy reputation in this movie) uses a special powder that turns the bride-to-be into a lifeless zombie just before the marriage vows are to be spoken. The original classic b/w zombie movie was filmed on leftover sets from Universal`s Frankenstein, Dracula and Notre Dame movies, and was photographed by Arthur Martinelli. The atmosphere is just extraordinary. Lugosi (who along with Edgar G. Ulmer is rumoured to have directed some scenes) made no money while the Halperin`s got rich (the story of his life). The music (Xavier Cugat`s work?) is incredible. "Suggested" by Edward Seabrook`s book The Magic Island and the 1932 play based on it. Parts turned up in the 1943 compilation feature DR. TERROR`S HOUSE OF HORRORS (now lost?). Must-see stuff.

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