White Zombie (1932)

White Zombie (1932), directed by Victor Halperin.

In Haiti a bride is given a zombification drug on her wedding night. Her body is stolen from the tomb and she is taken to a mansion to be the love slave of a rich man. He soon realizes this was an error but zombie master Lugosi won't let him out of the deal. A missionary and the somewhat feckless husband mount a difficult rescue effort.

Said to be the first zombie film. Much of it has a really effective atmosphere, but the connecting and explanatory scenes drag. The music is not very appropriate. The acting is stiff and the camera work pretty static. But I might try to find a better copy anyway.

Lugosi had amazing hands, with fingers so long they look unnatural.