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Culture Club Presents “White Zombie” (1932)

Posted by bgsuenglish on October 19, 2009

“Tuesdays at the Gish,” a film series sponsored by The Culture Club, in association with the Department of Theatre and Film, continues tomorrow (Tuesday October 20, 2009) with a screening of Victor Halperin’s White Zombie (1932).

Long before 28 Days Later and Night of the Living Dead, Victor Halperin introduced the walking dead to the silver screen with White Zombie. Featuring Bela Lugosi as the evil-eyed Murder Legendre, a sinister plantation owner and voodoo sorcerer, the film weaves a diabolic web of infatuation, jealousy, and murder set in the rural cane fields of Haiti. Filmed on sets “borrowed” from the recently completed Dracula (1931) and Frankenstein (1931), Halperin’s inaugural entry into zombie cinema offers a haunting portrait of the racial anxieties that plagued the United States’ ill-fated occupation of Haiti from 1915 to 1934.

The screening begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Gish Film Theater in Hanna Hall.

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