It's simple math.

White Zombie (1932) is widely considered the first feature length zombie film.  While genre-purists may revere George A. Romero, Victor and Edward Halperin came first.
Béla Lugosi brought the now iconic Dracula to life in 1931, and was subsequently type-cast as a horror villain.  Universal tried to get him to be Frankenstein's monster, but when Béla came back at them with an interpretation of the monster that was more in line with Shelley's original and makeup that was an homage to The Golem (1915), they denied him the role.  For you trivia fans, Boris Karloff, everyone's favorite flat-topped, bolt-necked reanimation, was found in a Hollywood cafeteria.

But we're not talking about dead bodies stiched together to create new life!  We're talking about complete bodies being transformed into the living dead. For...sexual purposes, if you believe the poster.  My guess is that since Béla's Dracula was so sexualized (as many classic and modern interpretations of these aristocratic undead are), they tried to use the same draw by applying the motive to the Bokor.

Okay - enough of me rambling on about voodoo priests, sexy fanged dudes, literature, and pop culture. It's movie time!

That's right, you can watch White Zombie on the Internet Archive - everyone's favorite place for public domain films.  You can find White Zombie here. Enjoy!
 


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