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Great Gothic Chills,
This review is from: White Zombie (DVD)
There is something about these old, classic black & white horror classics that just can't seem to be recaptured today. White Zombie is an example of an art that has been lost in modern film making. The sets are lush and detailed. The exteriors are dark and gothic. And let us not forget that there is not substitute for the late, great Bela Lugosi.
Lugosi carries the cast. He is a small man with a slight frame, but he conveys a sense of evil and menace that chills you. The rest of the cast are generic 1930's actors. The female lead is loaded with so much pancake makeup she looks like, well, a white zombie (so I guess that works), and her husband-to-be is your basic, slicked back hair, lipstick wearing vanilla milk sop. The actors portraying Lugosi's zombie horde were probably cast for their odd, freaky features, but that works too. But make no mistake, this is Lugosi's film, and it is one of his greatest works along with the original Dracula.
The DVD I am reviewing has no features. NONE. Unless you count chapter selections. It is full screen, with no audio or video options. At least it has a good price. The film looks good with strong contrasts between black and whites. This makes the night sequences (most of the film) easier to make out. I owned the video tape before and the darks and lights blended horribly. This DVD looks good though with an occasional flicker and jump, but I would guess that is the fault of the original film.
Read the Amazon review to get a rundown on the plot. I just wanted to stress the strengths of the film, the DVD, the style and acting. They really do not make them like this any more.