White Zombie
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In this haunting low-budgeter, Bela Lugosi stars as Murder Legendre, a shadowy character who exercises supernatural powers over the natives in his Haitian domain. Coveting Madge Bellamy as his bride, wealthy Robert Frazier enters into an unholy agreement with Lugosi, whereby Madge will die, then be resurrected as a zombie.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It leads the viewer inside a fairy tale, not a slaughterhouse; it's expressionistic, not extreme. It affirms the power of the gesture, the shadow, the shudder. In other words: Who needs blood-red cannibalism when you've got a black-and-white Bela Lugosi?"
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Occasional Ed Wood-like campiness notwithstanding, it established a genre that would rise from the grave whenever the economic state of the cinema age might summon it."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"I believe it's the first Hollywood production to feature zombies."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It's Bela. It's a classic. Unfortunately, it's also a dreadful little flick."
‑ Widgett Walls, Needcoffee.com
"The divinely satanic-looking Bela Lugosi sinks his teeth into his best role since Dracula, a languorous hypnotist and voodoo master who dominates the film with his assured bearing and cruel control."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"Shines through its own failings; but how much better it would be if it didn't have to, if this minor horror classic were instead an all-time genre masterpiece."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Eerie horror classic features Lugosi as zombie leader."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"An entrancing and spooky masterpiece of sorts."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"The supporting cast is awful and the low budget dictates a few moments worthy of MST3K ribbing. But the atmosphere of dread is pungent, the use of sound is inspired, and the makeup by the great Jack Pierce and Carl Axcelle is minimal but effective."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Through its own ravishing simplicity, the film achieves the near-operatic."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"In the end, though, it's Lugosi's zombie master that pulls it altogether and makes it work."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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