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Tricia's retro film review: White Zombie

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White Zombie 1932 Horror Film


White Zombie is the 1932 horror film starring Bela Lugosi. Charles is in love with Madeline, who is engaged to Neil. He decides to enlist the help of Murder Legendre, an evil voudou master. Murder makes it so that Madeline “dies” at her wedding and is entombed. They then take her to Charles. There’s a catch though: she is a mindless zombie. Neil is devastated by the “death” and it is only when he finds out that her body is stolen that he asks Dr. Bruner for help. He tells him that she is not truly dead and they go to rescue her. Is Madeline doom to remain a zombie forever?

This is a pretty interesting early zombie movie. In fact, it’s one that closely matches actual voudou zombies: they are mindless slaves that will only harm people if their master orders them to. The only thing that’s made up is that Madeline isn’t actually dead. That being said, the modern viewer may wonder why there aren’t more black people in the film since Haiti is full of them. It still has a pretty good story and a nice eerie atmosphere. Honolulu zombie film fans should watch this movie.

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