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King of the Zombies Description
Directed by: Jean Yarbrough
Starring: Dick Purcell, John Archer, Mantan Moreland, Henry Victor
Runtime: 67 minutes
Three travellers find themselves stranded on a remote island. The place is inhabited by an evil doctor working with foreign spies and in control of zombies. Made in 1941 this is a throw back to how zombie movies used to be before the advent of George Romero’s cult classic Night of the Living Dead, changed our perception of zombies forever. For more information on how Zombies have evolved, visit our “Are Zombies Real?” article.
If you like old movies this one has a wonderful sense of the flair evoked by films of that era.
This film was made in 1941 at a time when we were not so politically correct, seeing prejudice at every turn. Movies were made for entertainment. The true gem in this movie is Mantan Moreland who dominates the screen time and shared equal billing with the “stars” of the film. Ignore claims of racial stereotyping long enough to soak in Moreland’s thoroughly polished performance ~ he strove to be the best, and deserves to be watched.
We would highly recommend you watch this thoroughly entertaining classic in the spirit in which it was made, a fun entertaining film, nominated in its day for an Oscar. Pure entertainment with a low gore factor and great comedy, we award King of the Zombies 4 and a half Zombies.
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