Béla Lugosi became world famous in the 1930's with his role of Dracula on stage and film.
However, in 1932 he starred in an American pre-code horror film: "White Zombie" that was even better.
In "White Zombie" Béla Lugosi stars as "Murder Legendre" Voo-Doo master who rules a tropical island with his legion of zombies.
Almost a century later, Bela Lugosi's supremely dark charisma reaches out from this black & white film and mesmerizes you with eyes behind heavy, silent-film style make-up, with wickedly arched eyebrows.
"White Zombie" features imaginative visual story-telling techniques. The first zombie film ever made. The first film to portray non-stereotyped black characters. A milestone horror film-making that influences horror films right up to today.
A ZOMBIE is an animated dead-man.
But, it's also a popular tropical drink.
This painting explores Béla Lugosi as a Tiki-Bar proprietor who is the Master of (both kinds) of ZOMBIES.
This is the only painting I did that I was told "its eyes follow you around the room" and a guest could not sleep in the same room as the original.