By EW Staff
Updated April 14, 1995 at 04:00 AM EDT

White Zombie

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WHITE ZOMBIE Bela Lugosi, Madge Bellamy (1932, The Roan Group, unrated, B&W, $39.95) Made on a shoestring budget (Lugosi took home less than a grand for his work on the movie), the cult classic White Zombie nevertheless has a marvelously gothic look that compares favorably to the Universal horror films of its day. This tale of terror on a Haitian plantation also has moments of visual poetry that are strictly sui generis, although you’d hardly know that from the umpteenth-generation tape editions in circulation. For its laserdisc premiere, however, the film has been spliced together from two good 35mm prints and then digitally restored. As a result, now you can really savor the imaginative work of cinematographer Arthur Martinelli, and director Victor Halperin’s ahead-of-his-time use of sound effects to create a feeling of dread. Very impressive. A -SS

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White Zombie

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