Horror Movie w/ Joan Woodbury: King of the Zombies (1941)

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King of the Zombies is a comical horror movie from the early 1940s. Though he did not receive top billing due to race issues, African American comedian and actor Mantan Moreland is the star of this quirky film. Moreland plays the butler of an American Secret Agent (Dick Purcell) who’s dispatched to a remote island on a rescue mission. Upon arriving, Moreland and Purcell find an oddball scientist whose wife is acting funny: staggering walk, groaning, etc. Moreland figures out that they’re trapped on an island infested with the living dead – but his boss doesn’t believe in such nonsense! Moreland brings a superb sense of humor to this film and it’s worth watching just for him. However, King of the Zombies is also super fun for those who just love creature thrillers.

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