“White Zombie” is a horror film directed by Victor Halperin and released in 1932. The film is considered to be one of the earliest and most influential works of the zombie film genre.
The film follows the story of young couple, Madeline and Neil, who travel to Haiti to be married. They encounter a mysterious and enigmatic plantation owner, Charles Beaumont, who becomes obsessed with Madeline and sets out to make her his own.
Beaumont enlists the help of a voodoo master, Murder Legendre, to turn Madeline into a zombie, using a potion made from a local flower. Once transformed, Madeline becomes completely obedient to Beaumont’s will, and is unable to resist his advances.
Neil becomes suspicious of Beaumont’s intentions and seeks the help of a local missionary, Dr. Bruner, who reveals the truth about Beaumont’s sinister plan. Together, they must confront Legendre and save Madeline from her zombie state before it’s too late.
“White Zombie” is a classic horror film that explores themes of voodoo, obsession, and the power of the supernatural. It is notable for its atmospheric cinematography and iconic performances by Bela Lugosi as the voodoo master, Murder Legendre, and Madge Bellamy as the doomed bride, Madeline. The film has become a cult classic and has influenced countless zombie films that followed.
Garnett Weston, William B. Seabrook
Bela Lugosi, Madge Bellamy, Joseph Cawthorn