Thursday, October 9, 2014

October Movie Challenge - White Zombie (1932)

Synopsis: A young man turns to a voodoo master to lure the woman he loves way from her fiance, but instead turns her into a zombie slave.

The Good:  Bela Lugosi's Murder Legrendre is very creepy. This may be blasphemous, but I think I like Murder more than I like Lugosi's Dracula. This movie just has a great atmosphere. Simply put, White Zombie is a classic. It's easily my favorite black and white movie. 

The Bad: If you're expecting a traditional zombie movie (by modern standards), you're out of luck. White Zombie is a b/w film with classic voodoo zombies and no gore. 

Final Thoughts: Watch this movie. The film may seem dated to some, but it's still an enjoyable experience. Trust me.

In Your Game: Murder would make a great edition to a Ravenloft, Call of Cthulhu, or even Lamentations of the Flame Princess adventure. He obviously has power, but it's not the flashy spellcasting of typical D&D and other fantasy games.

Here are some Lamentations of the Flame Princess stats for him. Obviously he isn't shown using all of these spells.

Murder Legendre

Armor: 12,  HP: 25, Magic-User 11, Movement 120', 1 dagger attack, Morale 9, Magic items  Zombie Potion (see below)

Spells Per Day: 1st: 5, 2nd: 4, 3rd: 3, 4th: 3, 5th: 2, 6th: 1

Legrandre's spellbook contains the following spells: Charm Person, Comprehend Languages, Detect Magic, Hold Portal, Identify, Message, Read Magic, Sleep, Shield, ESP, Forget, Phantasmal Force, Ray of Enfeeblement, Wizard Lock, Dispel Magic, False Alignment, Hold Person, Phantasmal Psychedelia, Speak with Dead, Charm Monster, Confusion, Animate Dead, Hold Monster, Magic Jar, Feeblemind, Animate Dead Monster, Mind Switch

Zombie Potion: Anyone drinking this potion must make a Poison saving throw or seemingly die. The next day the character rises from the grave as a "zombie" under the control of the potion's creator. Killing the creator will free the "zombie."

New To Me Movies Watched: 6
Total Movies Watched: 9

1 comment:

  1. Man I loved that movie. One of Bela Lugosi's better roles to be honest.