The Omega Man, starring Charlton Heston, Rosalind Cash

The Omega Man [Charlton Heston]

The Omega Man, starring Charlton Heston, Rosalind Cash

In The Omega ManCharlton Heston stars as a scientist who believes he is the only human to survive a worldwide bacteriological war unharmed. He attempts to save humanity by developing a curative serum from his own blood … if he lives long enough.

The Last Man on Earth (1964), starring Vincent Price

The Last Man on Earth [Vincent Price]

The Last Man on Earth (1964), starring Vincent Price

Vincent Price stars in the first, and best, adaptation of Richard Matheson”s classic horror/sci-fi novel I Am Legend. After a plague wipes out the human race, Dr. Robert Morgan (Price) struggles with loneliness. And with his sanity as the monotony of the unending days broken only by his daily hunts for vampires! One day on his solitary travels he runs across another surviving human: is she a mirage, or real?

The Mad Ghoul (1943) starring Turhan Bey, Evelyn Ankers, David Bruce, George Zucco

The Mad Ghoul

The Mad Ghoul (1943) starring Turhan Bey, Evelyn Ankers, David Bruce, George Zucco

The Mad Ghoul, frankly, is an above-average monster movie, starring some of the recognizable actors from the genre in the 1940’s.  In short, Dr. Alfred Morris (George Zucco) is a college professor and researcher, who has uncovered and recreated a poisonous gas first used by ancient Mayans, used to create “death in life” – robbing the victims of their own will, similar to the classic zombie movies of the 1930’s and 1940’s.  He hires a medical student named Ted Allison (David Bruce), since he needs his surgical skills for the grisly “cure” to the poison — a fresh heart is a crucial ingredient. The original experiment on a monkey seems successful — at first.

The Mad Ghoul (1943) starring Turhan Bey, Evelyn Ankers, David Bruce, George Zucco

Ted is in love with the lovely Isabel Lewis (Evelyn Ankers) who is embarking on a professional singing career, and feels like she’s moving emotionally away from Ted. Unfortunately, the much older Dr. Morris also has designs on Isabel, and in a treacherous moment he exposes Ted to the gas. It’s only later that he discovers that the cure is only temporary, requiring periodic applications of the cure — with a need for fresh hearts.

Revolt of the Zombies

Revolt of the Zombies

Revolt of the Zombies (1936)

First, Revolt of the Zombies isn’t a “zombie” movie in the current sense.  There are no shambling undead.   There are, however, mentally enslaved people enthralled by the villain of the movie — who is not whom you think

In Cambodia in 1937, the villainous Count Mazovia murders a priest, who is burning an incantation and formula to turn men into mentally-controlled slaves.   However, it’s been partially burned and is worthless — until …

Sugar Hill (1974) starring Marki Bey, Robert Quarry, Don Pedro Colley, Zara Cully

Sugar Hill

Sugar Hill (1974) starring Marki Bey, Robert Quarry, Don Pedro Colley, Zara Cully

Sugar Hill is a blaxploitation zombie film, thats surprisingly enjoyable. At its heart, it’s the story of a young woman’s revenge against the mobsters that murder her boyfriend and how far she’s willing to go to achieve it.

White Zombie, starring Bela Lugosi

White Zombie (1932) starring Bela Lugosi

White Zombie  (1932)  by: The Masked Reviewer, starring Bela Lugosi, Madge Bellamy, John Harron, Robert Frazer

She was not alive ... nor dead ... Just a White Zombie performing his every desire - movie poster
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White Zombie begins with Madeleine Short (Madge Bellamy) arriving in Haiti. She’s there to reunite with her fiancee Neil Parker (John Harron). They are to be married at Charles Beaumont’s plantation. But Charles (Robert Frazer) also loves Madeleine. He goes to ‘œMurder’ Legendre (Bela Lugosi). He’s an infamous Haitian voodoo master for a potion. To make her choose Neil over him.