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5. White Zombie (1932)

5. White Zombie (1932)

Since this is a story about zombies, I want to tell you ahead of time that you would do well to renew that subscription to Netflix because there are quite a few movies that you’ll be introduced to on the way to Zombie nirvana.

Let’s start with White Zombie, the first major film to feature zombies.

It was produced in 1932 by Edward and Victor Halperin with an estimated budget of $50,000. The story is unique in that it looks at the zombie mythology from the standpoint of Haitian folklore. I mean that very, very loosely – watch the movie and you’ll understand.

In it, a young couple, Neil Parker (John Harron) and Madeleine Short (Madge Bellamy), are invited out by and acquaintance (Robert Frazer) to be married on his plantation in Haiti. Their host is actually in love with Madeleine and hires a local voodoo master (Bela Lugosi) to turn her into a zombie, declare her dead and bring her back so that he can marry her.

As you can imagine, hilarity ensues.

Watch the trailer and do yourself a favor and find a copy of the movie, it is one of Mr. Lugosi’s finest films.

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