Wednesday, June 17, 2009

King of the Zombies (1941)

King of the Zombies

Dick Purcell...James 'Mac' McCarthy
John Archer...Bill Summers
Mantan Moreland...Jefferson 'Jeff' Jackson
Henry Victor...Dr. Miklos Sangre

Pilots James "Mac" McCarthy and Bill Summers (along with "Mr. Bill's" valet Jeff Jackson) are on a search and rescue mission, seeking the missing Admiral Wainright, whose plane went down on the way to Panama. Coincidentally, McCarthy's and Summers' plane goes down as well, landing on the mysterious island of Dr. Miklos Sangre and his household of freaky family members and superstitious servants.

Forced to be the doctor's house guests, Jeff discovers the truth that no one else will believe: The island is overrun with zombies, and it's a truth that the doctor wants to keep hidden. Before long, it seems that neither plane crash was an accident after all.

Neither of the pilots in this film seem like Navy men, strutting about in snappy suits rather than uniforms. Why the valet came along on such a mission is beyond me. The doctor's accent is overwrought and theatrical, while Jeff's Olde-Time Ebonics accent is so stereotypical of the time that it is sad. While he's there for comedic effect, it only goes to show how ignorant the age was. "Watch the monkey dance," as it were. In fact, the racist undertones that run throughout the entire film ruins whatever fun this bargain bin bastard could have been--no matter how big of a Mantan Moreland fan I am.

King of the Zombies is currently ranked #61,281 in DVD's at Read more about it at the IMDB, rent it at Netflix, or buy it today!

67 Minutes
Black and White
United States

Remember kiddies: Voodoo magic works slow, but it is sure!

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