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A DIFFERENT TYPE OF ZOMBIE FILM,
This review is from: White Zombie [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Hi welcome to my review of White Zombie - so here goes: I have seen this a few time before so I knew what to expect and I watched it in bed last night. This is the first ever zombie film made and its a good one which is oozing with gothic atmosphere, don't expect gore like the other zombie films of recent offer this is more of an expressionist horror film (like the silent horror films of the 1920's). There is more talking then action and there is one scene where is shows a zombie fall into a grinder, but with this being in the 1930's it didn't show you him getting killed like the recent films would.
This chilling tale features Bela Lugosi as the dark Voodoo prince, Murder Legendre, a supernatural force who holds his Haitian worshippers in his thrall. He joins forces with Robert Frazier who is furious at the rejection of his marriage proposal by the exquisite Madge Bellamy. They strike an unspeakable pact that results in Madge's death and resurrection as a zombie and love slave to Frazier. The evil Legendre reneges on his bargain and holds Madge's soul in captivity.
Bela Lugosi plays a blinding performance in this film and this was filmed after Dracula so he was on top form and was held as a master of horror cinema along with Boris Karloff & Lon Chaney. There is no special features on the version I have and this is also in the 50 horror classics box set I have, I like watching these old horror films because there is a gothic feel about them that later horror films lost and in them days it wasn't gore for gore sake there was a story to them and they were better told then they are now so that's why I like watching them.
Thank you for reading my review and if you watch this enjoy the first zombie film ever made in all its gothic charm.