King of the Zombies was released in 1941, and was a directed by Jean Yarbrough
King of the Zombies is a horror-comedy that was released to capitalize on the popularity of the genre at the time, and it built off the success of films like The Ghost Breakers.
The plot uses World War II as a setting, and uses ‘zombie-ism’ as a mind control tool in order to extract secrets from captured US soldiers by turning them into zombies and substituting their personalities.
The film was pretty successful and was nominated for an Oscar for ‘Best Music’, and a loose sequel was made in 1943 called ‘Revenge of the Zombies’
It hasn’t stood the test of time well, and some of the most scary moments in the film these days are the crude racial stereotypes that are littered throughout it. Definitely one for the archives and best filed under ‘of its time‘.
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