White Zombie: Anatomy of a Horror Film

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McFarland, Jan 1, 2001 - Performing Arts - 352 pages
The 1932 horror film White Zombie starring Bela Lugosi has received controversial attention from film reviewers and scholars--but it is unarguably a cult classic worthy of study. This book analyzes the film text from nearly every possible viewpoint, using both academic and popular film theories. Also supplied is an extensive intellectual history of the predecessor works to White Zombie, as well as information on the significance it carried for subsequent books and films, its theatrical release around the country, its modern cultural influence, and the attempts to restore the film to its original state. Other noteworthy features of this work include an in-depth biography of White Zombie director Victor Halperin, the first complete study of his life and career, and 244 images and photographs.

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About the author (2001)

    Gary D. Rhodes, a documentary filmmaker, is a professor at the Queen's University, Belfast. He is also the author of Docufictions (2006), Horror at the Drive-In (2002) and the definitive Lugosi: His Life in Films, on Stage, and in the Hearts of Horror Lovers (1997).

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