8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Expressionist style - don't expect gore,
By A Customer
This review is from: White Zombie  [DVD] (DVD)
This first Zombie movie (and early talkie)is obviously highly influenced by the German expressionist silent film style(compare e.g. 'The Cabinet of Dr.Caligari'). That means from todays point of view the acting looks quite hammy and the villain (Lugosi) is the only real 'character'. Apart from that this is a must-see. Marvelous camera work and an extremly eerie and creepy atmosphere. The scene in the sugar mill or that of the zombies coming down the hill after the credits alone are worth watching this movie. By the way, the 'magic' is quite rational - a combination of drugs and hypnosis (only the controlling without eye contact is humbug).The voodoo dolls seem to be more a psychological tool than actual wizardry.
So if you don't mind the old-fashioned acting style, give this movie a chance.