White Zombie Commentary – Part 1 (of 3)

Mike / February 19th, 2011

James and Mike do a feature-length commentary on the world’s first zombie film!




  • DS30455

    February 19, 2011 at 3:25 am

    Amazing; can’t wait for the other 3 parts. Will you be doing any more horror movies that are public domain like this?

  • DS30455

    February 19, 2011 at 3:25 am

    2 parts, even. Geeze.

  • February 19, 2011 at 4:00 am

    Love your work ! Makes me laugh till my stomach aches xD

  • Fuck RomEmKing

    February 19, 2011 at 4:17 am

    I like the music in the beginning. xD

  • February 19, 2011 at 4:33 am

    Do Night of the living dead one day =)

  • February 19, 2011 at 5:04 am

    conservatives = white zombies πŸ™‚

  • giltone87

    February 19, 2011 at 7:03 am

    oddly enough, two nights ago i had a dream about zombies where, as AVGN, you were fighting them off along side me….

  • February 19, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Bela is awesome.

  • Razgriz

    February 19, 2011 at 10:02 am

    About Beaumon the ‘Van Hellsing’ who asked for a match and is the bringer of light, from a Biblical perspective the bringer of light is Lucifer, don’t know how a match is called up in the west but we call a match a lucifer. So that would make Beaumon the deceiver but i haven’t seen the movie yet so lets wait making that assumption after is saw the movie.

    Great commentary James & MTF’er Mike!

  • February 19, 2011 at 10:03 am

    This is amazing, its like hanging out with James and Mike. Hope you guys are planning on doing this regularly.

  • February 19, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    I wanted the coachman to say “this is Zombiecom”

  • February 19, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    This makes me want to listen to Rob Zombie’s song Living Dead Girl now that uses samples from these movies πŸ˜›

  • handsome pete

    February 19, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    If I recall correctly, zombies are created by some kind of obscure zombie shamanism where you give people a certain drug that stops their pulse and breathing. Then after the funeral, you dig up their bodies and give them a different drug that brings them back, but they’re now totally braindead and will do whatever you want. So in a way, the coach driver wasn’t wrong at all.

  • callmeRaskolnikov

    February 19, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    They played this around Halloween this year on AMC I think or maybe it was TCM. But, anyway I watched it because of your original review during Monster Madness a couple years back. It was perfect because it was on at like 2am and the mood was perfect.

    Anyway I really enjoyed this film. Such a classic movie. Bela does a great job in it. And I probably would never have watched it unless you brought to light how awesome it is so thanks for that.

    Can’t wait for the other commentary videos. I really enjoy them. Everything like such as the Dracula one.

  • Mr. Simon

    February 19, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    I actually saw this for the first time yesterday, so wierd. I recognized the part about the version and I was pissed of that I had to choose between better video or audio. Still I really liked it and it’s short so it’s worth the time to watch. Bela Lugsoi is king!

  • apeman505

    February 19, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Great cheesy old movie. Bela Lugosi is awesome, but the rest of the people are kind of sucky, especially the lead male character guy.

  • Stonen

    February 19, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Awesome. I honestly enjoyed this movie.

  • Mattashell

    February 19, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Can you do an audio like you did with dracula?

  • Stonen

    February 19, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    I think he asks for a match so often because he was ad-libbing too much and wasn’t good at it.

    Just my theory. πŸ™‚

  • sutekh22

    February 19, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Hey James I don’t know if you care but there’s a much much better copy of this on DVD. Look for the Roan DVD of White Zombie which is restored completely. Almost all of the scratches, missing bits and the like are restored to their original look.

  • sutekh22

    February 19, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    DOH! Way to make a comment before I listen to the commentary! The audio on White Zombie may be an original problem. The Roan DVD also has a great commentary by Gary Rhodes as well as some vintage Lugosi interviews.

    I wonder about Jack Pierce doing Lugosi’s makeup. Pierce did not do Bela’s makeup on Dracula (from what I’ve heard Bela told him off and insisted he do it himself) and as this wasn’t that long after I wonder how much the two still disliked one another.


    February 19, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    I think I’m going to watch White Zombie before I watch this.

  • madcow

    February 19, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    I can’t get this to play! Fricken hate Quicktime… X(

  • LastOrders

    February 19, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    In this movie is it one of the first african americans in movies ? Even though he was just a coach driver, I would bet it was a privalage to get a job as a coach driver in the time in the period it was set. During the time it was set, 13 year old girls would be working in a factory as slaves in victorian times. Many dying through accidents and living in holmes having nothing but a handfull of porridge for a days food.

  • TomM

    February 20, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Nice video. It was very informative. Keep doing commentaries. I gotta watch this movie now to catch up with you guys.

  • Night_Hawk

    February 20, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Always hoped you’d do more of these after the dracula one. Thanks.

  • nowhere

    February 20, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Nice commentary so far. Mike mentioned the use of Lugosi’s hands in ed wood, just a side note that the hands are not Martin Landau’s but belong to Tom McLoughlin, director of Friday the 13th part VI: Jason Lives. Perhaps you guys could do another public domain movie. According to movie critic Mike Mayo “Night of the living dead” is public domain.

  • February 20, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Haha the “bringer of light” cause of the matches made me laugh.

  • volt28

    February 20, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    cool video. Its intresting how you mention the 2 sides of the movie. I’m in the camp, I love it. My sisters find it boreing.
    can’t wait for part 2

  • gorski

    February 21, 2011 at 1:03 am

    At the 17:20 mark you can see Lugosi’s breath. Kind of a tip of that they weren’t in Haiti, but I guess people in the 30s wouldn’t have noticed, or wouldn’t have cared. If the book missed it, we gotta demand a revision!

  • StevenO45

    February 21, 2011 at 1:19 am

    you guys should make a commentary on Night of the Living Dead its also public domain.that would be neat!

  • Kijun

    February 21, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Frankenstein wasn’t really based on experiments but rather on Shellys own experiences, she had seen a inmate being electrecuted and when they shocked him to see if he was dead his eyes opened and his muscles had spams simulating life.

  • Mr. Arkadin

    February 21, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Yay, Carl Barks’ Duck comics!

  • Pogiforce

    February 21, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Wait, did the butler say “I will let Mr. Belmont know you’re here?”

    That’s awesome.

  • Pogiforce

    February 21, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    the drug he gives him is a drug that feigns death. This drug was even used in Romeo and Juliet. As I recall hearing the zombie lore the original zombie was they would use a drug to make them appear dead. Back then they didn’t do embalming and determining death was much simpler, so people were buried as they were. the zombie maker would then dig up teh body and keep them doped up on a drug making them into slaves. People who witnessed these zombies witnessed what they believed to be someone they had seen as dead up and walking around. walking dead.

  • ulmuchiha

    February 22, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    zombie umpa loompas would be the best movie ever.
    IT would officially be the only movie because nothing else would compare.

  • afromonkey

    February 22, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    I dont know if it has something to do with current day zombies but theres a very interesting comic book of the Smurfs called “The Black Smurfs” released 5 years before Night of the living Dead, where some Smurfs are infected and become black, acting like zombies and transforming other Smurfs by bitting them.

  • Shazza1990

    February 23, 2011 at 2:14 am

    Yay, another commentary πŸ˜€
    You are both entertaining to listen to, cool facts as well. Hope to see another one πŸ™‚

  • February 23, 2011 at 3:36 am

    @gorski at 4:16 you can see one of the actor’s breath as he’s walking down the embankment as well.

    I picked up this movie on DVD a few months back. Was in the bargain bin at Wally-mart for $3. I’m more of a fan of Romero type zombies, but I picked it up for the nostalgia and to add it to my collection of “things Rob Zombie has referenced in his works”.

  • February 23, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Tottally cool, you guys kick ASS!!

    BOOM BOOM (mommy I did one!) as in when the NERD goes BOOM!


  • February 24, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Just the other day I saw Val Lewton’s I Walked with a Zombie that has the same similar concept of zombies, voodoo, and Haiti. It’s actually more slow and atmospheric than White Zombie, but I think White Zombie is better because of Lugosi!

  • February 25, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    you guys have to do “Dementia 13” by Francis Ford Coppola.. a very underrated horror flick – i believe it’s in the public domain, so you should be able to use the footage.

  • Schloss Ritter

    March 1, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Too bad there aren’t captions to read the original dialog.

    The “raising the dead but not really” here reminds me of The Serpent and the Rainbow.

    Near the end, I’m surprised they got away with showing that much of her legs in 1932.

  • Dapper-Atheist

    March 2, 2011 at 6:45 am

    Hey James & Mike, I’m a huge fan of the video game nerd stuff and the movie reviews. The first time I saw the karate kid Nintendo game you did, I was hooked and been following this site ever since. I have introduced many people to this site, & like me , they love it.
    Constructive criticism, I just watch your white zombie review and I gotta say, I only made it half way. I realize it’s unscripted , but it was hard to listen too. James I think your brilliant, and there are a lot of cool facts you both mention. I found it hard to listen to because of the excessive use of “LIKE” , “I’M LIKE”, HE’S LIKE”, “OR WHATEVER”, “OR SOMETHING”. I was born in 1980, so we are pretty much the same age, I can relate to mostly every thing you talk about, I it brings great memories . Baddest bad guys , I fucking love it. I’m just saying that review sounded a little like I was listening to 2 teenagers , and it was painful. I couldn’t finish it. Any ways I’m only letting you know because I am a fan and respect what you do. Dapper-Atheist.

  • zoslize

    March 2, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Awesome! thank you for sharing, guys!

  • Codwyn

    May 5, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    I found James commentary on the voodoo religion interesting, he said the zombie thing was a form of hypnosis or drugging to control people into doing slave labor and he seemed to disagree with the notion that voodoo is basically about black magic and curses, but to me is sounds like the Zombie thing is an actual dark magic curse. I have native ancestors and we’ve heard stories about relatives who’ve done/or experienced things like this, but i won’t get into that because it’s a very touchy issue with people and they’ll most likely be hostile towards me for ‘stupidity’ but i just wanted to correct James because he seemed like he didn’t find it all too far fetched, and i don’t disagree that voodoo is a religion i think it is

  • June 21, 2011 at 1:13 am

    I love these old movie reviews, and the commentary is awesome πŸ˜€
    so many old movies that I’ve never heard of or would have a chance to see! It’s fucking sweet! Keep it up James πŸ˜€

  • July 18, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Yeah, in Haiti, the zombie master would poison the victim with the poision from a fugu (puffer) fish. It made the person appear they were dead, they’d be buried, and a few days later the zombie master would go dig up the victim, then feed it the antidote for the poisoning. The result was one obedient, barely conscious zombie that would do whatever you told it to.

  • Dolly Dagger

    July 22, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Elizabeth Bathory (The Blood Countess) didn’t actually bathe in the blood of her victims according to eyewitness accounts–but she did torture, mutilate, sexually abuse and murder them.


    • OlDirtyVinceDm

      February 16, 2012 at 1:48 am

      she did bathe in blood but also tortured her victims and used them for rituals and she was never judged over it because it’s a common thing amongst world leaders to torture and kill people in rituals, look at the Bohemian Grove and the Skulls and Bones for exemple.If you don’t believe this you shouldn’t believe Wikipedia, because Wiki approves.

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  • Grraver

    March 1, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    I enjoy these movies and videos, but where did Mike and James get the quite annoying habit to say the word “like” in almost every sentence? And then quite often more then once in a sentence? I hope James and Mike notice this about themselves…

  • January 2, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    I was just rewatching this and at one point in here, I mentioned Bombie the Zombie. If you want to check out that story, pick up Walt Disney’s Donald Duck: “Lost in the Andes” by Fantagraphics books. The story is in there.

    • Philip Eisel-Elder

      February 5, 2015 at 6:25 pm

      I haven’t thought about Bombie the Zombie since I was a kid until this commentary track. Wow…. brings back some memories.

  • Jukka-Pekka Siltanen

    February 5, 2015 at 1:45 am

    I am going to make her zombie

  • Philip Eisel-Elder

    February 5, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    Bump… great commentary… I’ve seen this movie a million times since I was a kid, and the past four or five times I’ve watched it, I’ve watched this commentary version. Thanks for the info.

  • horrorlover1994

    August 4, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    I Like To Listen To The Audio Commentaries On The Horror Movie DVD’s That I’m Keeping And Owning.

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