Support Local Journalism. Join Riverfront Times Press Club.

White Zombie, Black Heart 

Bela Lugosi's portrayal of Count Dracula made the Hungarian hunk an international star, but vampires were not the only monster up Bela's cape. Immediately following Dracula, Lugosi helped establish the tropes of the walking dead by starring in 1932's White Zombie, the first feature length zombie film. Lugosi plays Haitian sugar mill owner "Murder" Legendre, a satanic Svengali who uses black magic to control an army of zombie workers and make a young bride-to-be his own. Coming at the beginning of the sound era, Lugosi gives one of his best performances and the entire film is smothered in an eerie, nightmarish atmosphere that isn't afraid to let the images do the talking. White Zombie screens at 8 p.m. at Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Avenue, Maplewood; 314-968-7487 or www.webster.edu/filmseries) as part of Webster Film Series' Strange Brew program. Admission is $5.
Wed., Oct. 2, 2013

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.

Related Locations

Latest in Night & Day

More by Mark Fischer

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 19, 2022

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2022 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation