Friday Fright: White Zombie (1932)

STARRING:
Bela Lugosi, Madge Bellamy, Joseph Cawthorn
DIRECTED BY:
Victor Halperin
GENRE:
Horror
Hosted by Ravena, the Goddess of Stonehenge, and her loyal sidekick Anok! Watch Bela Lugosi use his special zombie grip to make beautiful women submit to his every desire! In this low budget screamer, a couple honeymooning in Haiti run afoul of a diabolical voodoo master. They’re soon wishing they’d gone to Cancun! This Pre-­Code horror classic is considered to be the first feature length zombie movie, and features great atmospheric direction by Victor Halperin. The film’s unsung hero was set designer Ralph Berger, who exploited sets of previous Universal Studios films, including bits from Dracula, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Frankenstein. Whatever you do, DON’T LOOK INTO LUGOSI’S EYES! (BW)