White Zombie
White Zombie (1932)

The homicidal madman ruling over a tiny tropical island helps a wealthy fellow claim an unwilling girl by turning her into a living-dead zombie but ultimately decides to keep her for himself. This ghoulish, still-chilling low-budget classic… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: August 4, 1932
DVD Release Date: June 29, 1999
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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?

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Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

I believe it's the first Hollywood production to feature zombies.

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Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

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.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

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.

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Steve Crum

Eerie horror classic features Lugosi as zombie leader.

Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

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.

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Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

Through its own ravishing simplicity, the film achieves the near-operatic.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

In the end, though, it's Lugosi's zombie master that pulls it altogether and makes it work.

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
Shortly after his iconic turn as Dracula, Bela Lugosi made this-the first ever zombie film. It's worth noting that this is also an independent film, not… More
Tim Salmons
It's a shame that Bela Lugosi didn't get more leading parts that exercised his abilities as an actor, but then again, he was quite happy to indulge in… More
Devon Bott
White Zombie is another early Bela Lugosi vehicle, this time he plays an evil voodoo witch doctor who's creating an army of zombies to do his bidding. A… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
The first zombie movie, with a nice moody atmosphere. Casting-wise Lugosi clearly dominates, in many ways this is his movie.
Aj V
A great Lugosi movie, if you're a fan you should see this. He has zombies at his command. Fantastic movie!
Randy Tippy
"With these zombie eyes he rendered her powerless... ...with this zombie grip he made her perform his every desire!" Very educational. For example;… More