White Zombie Commentary – Part 2 (of 3)

Mike / February 21st, 2011




  • ZombiePaul

    February 21, 2011 at 2:42 am

    I just came online for a quick second before I go to bed and I find this…. so much for sleep at the moment.


    February 21, 2011 at 5:48 am

    Thats alot of info i didnt know about this flick James,thanx. Lugosi rules!!

  • ObSoLeTe

    February 21, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    ahh sweet , this is awesome, cheers guys

    ohhh amazon say they have a colourised version.
    Format: Black & White, Color, Original recording reissued, NTSC

    heres the link

  • tsburesh

    February 21, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    He asks for a match to light his pipe 🙂

  • Ctrl Alt Elite

    February 21, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    The tombstone moves because he touches it.

    • BladeRunner

      January 3, 2014 at 10:37 pm

      a tombstone shouldn’t move from slightly touching it, tombstones are heavy. He was commenting on the bad effects.

  • February 21, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    the flower wasnt drugged it its self was a poison and, these zombies wernt dead they were entranced humans. the burrials were a farce to fool the others. typical vodoo stuff. i enjoyed this and hope to see more

    • BladeRunner

      January 3, 2014 at 10:23 pm

      actually in this story they do put the drug in the flower it’s mentioned earlier in the film.

  • Jon12393

    February 21, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Loved your commentary and loved the movie, do more commentaries!

  • February 21, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Thanks a lot for like so often bringing me a film nearer that i would not know about or even watch it.

  • February 21, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    Keep em’ coming. This is fun to watch.

  • itscmillertime

    February 21, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Had to log in that when you said real life was in black and white I started cracking up. I remember my mom used to say “back in olden times when grampa was in world war II…” and i always used to picture it happening in black and white. I probably thought that real life was in black in white for the first 3 or 4 years of my life haha.

  • sutekh22

    February 21, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    Some points on the Dracula set. I’m pretty sure the staircase is the same, the railing particularly looks like something used for Dracula. Some of the set was also the Carfax Abbey set, which is much bigger and more expansive than what you see in Dracula. There’s some stills of deleted scenes from Dracula that show it off better and give you a better perspective of what was used in White Zombie.

    Put me down for someone who’d listen to James and Mike do a commentary 3-4 times a year. Night of the Living Dead, House on Haunted Hill, Phantom of the Opera are all PD classics. And Plan Nine is too, though there’s a guy (Wade Williams) who claims to own it and used to sue everyone involved with it.

  • sutekh22

    February 21, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    I also used this movie in my cable access series “NIghtmare Cinema” playing an English undead host, which is on youtube if you look for it.

  • leothecaveman

    February 22, 2011 at 4:04 am

    the funny thing regarding movies where the dead come back to life is that if you watch highlander for example even though macleod is the good guy he gets kicked out of his clan ’cause he didn’t stay dead; why his personality didn’t change nor his behaviour towards anyone it seems like the only person to be able to come back to life without getting punished is jesus christ. hell they even said and still say today that it was a miracle but as soon as it happens again it is witchcraft. weird isn’t it?

  • February 22, 2011 at 11:44 am

    I just went back and checked the 1931 Dracula, and those stairs are, in fact, the same. They did move them. Instead of the left side being against the wall, it was actually the right side in Dracula. However, the “evil-X” shape of the railing thingamajigs are the same.

  • Joe Shadows

    February 22, 2011 at 9:33 pm


    Please do more! And as much as I would prefer for these to remain free, obviously, if you wanted a way to justify spending your time on them you might also sell them as iRiffs on the RiffTrax site.

  • Spaxspore

    February 22, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Pooo… where is part 3 🙂 i Wanna c what happens to Miss WHite Zombie…

  • afromonkey

    February 23, 2011 at 12:01 am

    Great video! I think I remember that “life was black and white” joke from a Calvin & Hobbes strip.

  • kinghenry

    February 23, 2011 at 10:33 am

    I DVD’d this off TCM when it came on last year and have yet to watch any of it.

  • February 23, 2011 at 1:37 pm


    you are the man James!


  • February 24, 2011 at 11:13 am

    I saw Revolt of the Zombies on AMC On Demand and it’s definitely crap! I would recommend King of the Zombies, haven’t seen Revenge of the Zombies, and Teenage Zombies is even worse!

    But the pre-Romero zombie movie I would recommend the most is Hammer’s Plague of the Zombies because while some of the zombie appearances are brief, the movie excels in creating atmospheric chills, suspense, thoughtful characters, and unique storytelling. It’s actually considered one of Hammer’s best horror films and it’s worth picking up especially double billed with the inferior The Mummy’s Shroud.

  • miles.z

    February 27, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    When they were discussing how Lugosi looks directly at the camera, I couldn’t help but think of another example.

    Citizen Kane used it in two instances I can remember. Mr. Thatcher looks directly at the camera when he receives the letter from Charlie Kane about not selling The Inquirer, saying “I think it would be fun to run a newspaper (grumble)”.

    Its used again when Charlie writes his declaration of principals, and Jed Leeland turns to the camera saying “I think it will be important, like the constitution or the declaration of independence…”

    I don’t know why it isn’t used more often in film today, maybe because it’s seen as cheesy in a modern context. I thought it was used pretty effectively in Citizen Kane, briefly connecting the audience directly with the characters of Thatcher and Leeland on the screen. It doesn’t have the same effect in White Zombie, but its an interesting directorial choice.

  • 608nate

    March 1, 2011 at 12:12 am

    Just a little comment to that, in the movie “Funny Games” The antagonist repeatedly asks the audience if what he is doing is too much or if he should keep going. Cool little tidbit is all.

  • Schloss Ritter

    March 1, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    “Real life was black and white back then.” I’m trying to remember the name of that movie with Reese Witherspoon where her and her brother are transported to where that’s true.

  • Dolly Dagger

    July 22, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Rope was a fantastic movie–I saw on the behind-the-scenes featurette that Hitchcock did the long takes because he wanted the movie to play out like a stage play.

    Oh, and Murder Legendre’s hat isn’t a sombrero–it’s a traditional undertaker’s hat.

  • Mappu

    July 24, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Horror Classics 50 Movie Pack Collection has good version of this movie, and also has lots of other awsome cult horror movies

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  • January 3, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    great commentary, James and Mike! Re: the world was black and white: that reminds me of that classic Calvin & Hobbes strip, one of my favourites: http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/2014/11/09

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