->'''Neil Parker:''' Who are you? And what are they?\\
'''Legendre:''' For you, my friend, they are the angels of death.

''White Zombie'' is a 1932 horror film directed by Victor Halperin and starring Creator/BelaLugosi. Based on the 1929 novel ''The Magic Island'' by William Seabrook, this was the first film to bring zombies into the silver screen, predating ''[[Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968 Night of the Living Dead]]'' by 36 years.

Not happy that Madeline (Madge Bellamy), the woman he loves, is marrying someone else, Haitian plantation owner Charles Beaumont (Robert Fraser) turns to a local witch doctor named Legendre (Lugosi) to have things his way. Legendre uses his skills to turn the woman into a zombie, who is mistaken to be properly dead. After she is whisked away from her grave, her husband Neil Parker (John Harron) learns the truth about her condition and sets out to rescue her.

The film is in the public domain, which means one can easily find it either online or as part of almost any movie box set containing public domain movies, though the versions found through said methods are of questionable quality. It was released on Blu-Ray and DVD by Kino (their release contains both a [[DigitalDestruction heavily DNR-ladened version]] of the movie and an uncleaned version) and VCI Entertainment (their release has a version which falls in between).

Creator/JamesRolfe highlighted the movie on ''Monster Madness 2009'', and eventually did a three-part commentary on it with Mike Mattei.

In 1936, it was followed by a loose sequel, ''Revolt of the Zombies''.

Not to be confused with the band Music/WhiteZombie, though this is where they got the name from.

!!This film has examples of:

* AllInTheEyes: Hey, it wouldn't be a Lugosi flick without this.
* AnythingButThat: Beaumont's reaction when he realizes what is coming up to him after Legendre poisons him.
* BigOlEyebrows: Sported by Chauvin, one of Legendre's zombies.
* BodyHorror: Much of this movie doesn't age well, but this trope is used for a thoroughly chilling moment. While Madeleine fell directly into her non-death after taking a full dose of Legendre's potion, Beaumont realizes what's up after taking only a sip of the poisoned wine. The result for him is even worse--he changes into a zombie ''slowly'', while being awake and aware the whole time, but unable to talk. The scene where a twitching, wild-eyed Beaumont just manages to extend a hand in supplication to Legendre, only for Legendre to brusquely brush it away, is quite disturbing.
* DisneyVillainDeath: Legendre dies when Beaumont uses his last ounce of will to push him over a ledge to the rocks below.
* DrowningMySorrows: After Madeleine's "death" and burial, Parker hits the bar.
* ExactEavesdropping: Beaumont has his butler Silver eavesdrop on his guests.
* GraveRobbing: After her burial, Madeleine's body is stolen from her grave by Legendre's zombies.
* {{Hallucinations}}: After drinking little too much, Parker starts seeing visions of Madeleine around the bar.
* HollywoodVoodoo
* HypnoticEyes: When Beaumont orders Silver to attack Legendre, he hypnotizes him and he is helplessly carried away by his zombies.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: MURDER Legendre.
* NoOSHACompliance: One of the UndeadLaborers at the sugar mill is shown tripping over and falling into the sugar cane grounder, and is crushed to death by the machine's uncaring operators.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: See Voodoo Zombie below.
* PstandardPsychicPstance: Legendre employs his hypnotic powers by hand gestures, usually by clenching them together.
* TamperingWithFoodAndDrink: Legendre poisons Beaumont's glass of wine to turn him into a zombie.
* TechnicallyLivingZombie: Madeleine's condition as the eponymous "white zombie".
* TrillingRs: Legendre is fond of this:
-->''For the futurrrrre, monsieur!''
* VillainousVidowsPeak: Legendre.
* VoodooZombie: Legendre's slaves. They are classic voodoo zombies--either living people or reanimated corpses who have been enslaved by voodoo magic to serve a master. The later idea of zombies as monsters out to eat people was basically invented by Creator/GeorgeARomero in ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968'' over thirty years after this movie.
* WheelOfPain: Legendre's sugar mill runs on such contraption, which is operated by his tireless zombies.