White Zombie (1932) - Trailer
Cast: Bela Lugosi, Clarence Muse, Robert Frazer, Madge Bellamy, Joseph Cawthorn, John Harron, Brandon Hurst, George Burr Macannan, Frederick Peters, Annette Stone, John T. Prince, Dan Crimmins, Claude Morgan, John Fergusson, Velma Gresham
Director(s): Victor Halperin
Trailer: White Zombie (1932)
A young man turns to a witch doctor to lure the woman he loves away from her fiance, but instead turns her into a zombie slave.
The first zombie film... ever! Bela Lugosi stars, in arguably his best performance next to Dracula, as Murder Legendre, voodoo master and keeper of the undead. Madge Bellamy, Robert Frazer, John Harron and Joseph Cawthorn co-star. Directed by Victor Halperin. Followed by the Lugosi-less "Revolt Of The Zombies" (1936).
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Synopsis:Young couple Madeleine and Neil are coaxed by acquaintance Monsieur Beaumont to get married on his Haitian plantation. Beaumont's motives are purely selfish as he makes every attempt to convince the beautiful young girl to run away with him. For help Beaumont turns to the devious Legendre, a man who runs his mill by mind controlling people he has turned into zombies. After Beaumont uses Legendre's zombie potion on Madeleine, he is dissatisfied with her emotionless being and wants her to be changed back. Legendre has no intention of doing this and he drugs Beaumont as well to add to his zombie collection. Meanwhile, grieving 'widower' Neil is convinced by a local priest that Madeleine may still be alive and he seeks her out.