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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Night of the Living Dead (1968) White Zombie (1932) and The Cobweb Hotel (1936)

Let's do Halloween good and proper!

First up is: 
The Cobweb Hotel (1936)
A great macabre cartoon produced by Max Fleischer and directed by Dave Fleischer for Paramount.
Everyone is sick of zombie movies, TV shows, comic books, novels and video games and we all know that snake is eating its own tail, so let's go to the source of all this schlock, one of the all-time great horror films...NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEADIn this classic yet still creepy horror film, strangers hold up in a rural Pennsylvania farmhouse and battle constant attacks from dead locals who have been brought back to life by mysterious radiation. WARNING - This is a graphic horror film with some gory special effects. Cast overview, first billed only: Duane Jones....Ben Judith O'Dea ....Barbara Karl Hardman ....Harry Cooper Marilyn Eastman ....Helen Cooper/Bug-eating zombie Keith Wayne ....Tom Judith Ridley ....Judy Kyra Schon....Karen Cooper/Upstairs body Charles Craig ....Newscaster/Zombie S. William Hinzman ....Cemetery Zombie (original and new scenes) (as Bill Heinzman) George Kosana ....Sheriff McClelland Frank Doak ....Scientist Bill 'Chilly Billy' Cardille....Field reporter A.C. McDonald ....Zombie/Posse Member Samuel R. Solito ....Zombie/Posse Member Mark Ricci ....Washington scientist
And follow it with the first zombie flick:
White Zombie (1932)
White Zombie stars a satanic-looking Bella Lugosi and was released in 1932. It is often described as being the first ever zombie film. Plantation owner, Charles Beaumont, convinces the soon to be married Neil and Madeleine to have their ceremony on his property. Beaumont's offer, though, has an ulterior motive: he wants madeleine for himself. It would seem that, in the devious plantation owners mind, all is fair in love and war, even if it means killing the one that you love and turning her into a zombie (there must be easier ways to get a date). Beaumont seeks the help of an evil Voodoo master called Murder Legrande (Bella Lugosi) and Legrande agrees to help, but a double cross is in the air.

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