Bela Lugosi stars as a mysterious slave master in Haiti, whose penetrating gaze seems enough to bring the dead back to life to serve his bidding as shuffling zombies. Many cite this low budget but well intentioned film as the first big screen use of “the Z word”, here blatantly serving as a metaphor for slavery. As a horror film, there are a couple of choice images that carried forward into later incarnations of the undead and their behaviour, but this can’t really compete with the big budget monster movies that were coming out of Universal at this time.