King of the Zombies is the 1941 B-horror film. Jeff, Bill, and Mac are forced to land their plane on a small island. They take shelter in Dr. Sangre’s mansion. But something is not right about the place. Zombies roam freely and Jeff is turned into one of them. Bill befriends Barbra, who is trying to cure her Aunt Alyce, who also happens to be Dr. Sangre’s wife, from her zombified state. Mac supposedly dies, but when Bill tries to uncover the truth, he finds out what Dr. Sangre’s true plans are.
It’s supposed to be a WWII propaganda piece wrapped in a horror story. However, Dr. Sangre’s plot to exact secrets from Admiral Wainwright’s brain is rarely mentioned so that the film is pretty much a conventional horror film. The zombies in this film are more like traditional Voodoo zombies that don’t do anything until they are ordered to, rather than rotting corpses that eat flesh. Although Jeff is unusually strong wiled in that he still acts like himself while enslaved. Dr. Sangre’s ritual is ridiculous, even for a horror movie. His plan is to transfer Admiral Wainwright’s knowledge to Barbra, who will then tell him what he needs to know. There is no way for information to be transferred though non-telepathic means. It would have worked better if he tried to interrogate Admiral Wainwright by hypnotizing him. It is nice that Mac survived. In a more violent horror film he’d be dead. It’s a film dragged down by a ridiculous plot twist. Honolulu film fans may want to watch a different film.
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