White Zombie

Unclassified 15+
Victor Halperin, 69 mins, USA, 1932, 16mm, B&W. Courtesy: National Film and Sound Archive .

White Zombie
White Zombie

Guy Maddin Selects

Victor Halperin's legendary pre-code film is set in Haiti and concerns a wealthy plantation owner's obsession with a beautiful young woman, Madeline (played by silent film star, Madge Bellamy).

On the eve of their wedding, unquenchable desire leads the couple into the evil clutches of a menacing witch doctor (a star turn by Bela Lugosi).

Halperin's film was universally derided on release. A gentler review of the time noted the film was "not for the squeamish or the highly intelligent". Today, however, it is famously credited as being the first feature-length zombie movie, and is praised for its poetic melodrama.

Guy Maddin has nominated White Zombie as an ideal screening companion for My Winnipeg.

Dates   Sat 21 Jul 2012, 6.30pm
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