White Zombie (1932) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

White Zombie (1932) - Review, Rating and Synopsis

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  • Release Date:  1932
  • Genre:  Zombie
  • Cast and crew: Bela Lugosi, Madge Bellamy, Joseph Cawthorn, Robert Frazer, John Harron, Brandon Hurst, George Burr Macannan, Frederick Peters, Annette Stone, John T. Prince, Dan Crimmins, Claude Morgan, John Fergusson, Velma Gresham
  • Director:  Victor Halperin
  • Screenwriter:  Garnett Weston, William B. Seabrook

White Zombie (1932) Rating:

  • Raoul = 5 / 10;
  • IMDb = 6.4 / 10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 8.9 / 10;

White Zombie (1932) Synopsis:

A man desperate for the love of a young woman who is about to get married seeks help from a black magic doctor famous for creating zombies.

White Zombie (1932) Review:

It is always very difficult to review a classic and remain objective. I basically watched White Zombie after reading dozens of reviews praising it as a masterpiece, Bela Lugosi’s best role, etc. Well, the truth is, I didn’t like it too much. Not that I dislike older horror movies. I am really fond of Frankenstein, The Mummy or Freaks from the same period. But in my opinion, this one just pales in comparison to the letters.

Don’t get me wrong, White Zombie remains a clever movie, with lots of cinematographically fascinating plans and, above all, a fantastic atmosphere. The movie is set in Haiti and filled with stories of zombies, black magic and nasty betrayal. The all movie is very dark and the character of Bela Lugosi, with his terrific gaze, is one that you will forget easily.

What annoyed me however is how slow the movie is, there is not much happening overall and, despite the movie being only 65 minutes left, I had plenty of time to get bored. The end is also a little disappointing, terminating the movie on a note a little too simplistic.

Recommended to lovers of old school horror movies and Bela Lugosi’s fans only.

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