Victor Halperin

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Victor Hugo Halperin (August 24, 1895 in Chicago, Illinois – May 17, 1983 in Bentonville, Arkansas) was an American stage actor, stage director, film director, producer, and writer. The majority of his works involved romance and horror. His brother, whom he collaborated with, was producer Edward Halperin.


Victor Halperin began his career as a filmmaker in 1922, working as a writer on The Danger Point (an original story). In two years, he was working as a writer-producer-director on the Agnes Ayres film, When a Girl Loves. He is best known for his 1932 horror film White Zombie, starring Madge Bellamy and Bela Lugosi. Once thought "lost", the film has grown in stature over the years, first gaining a cult status, and eventually becoming recognized as one of the leading classics of the genre. Years after the film's release, Victor Halperin expressed a distaste for his horror films: "I don't believe in fear, violence, and horror, so why traffic in them?"[1]

Halperin often worked in collaboration with his brother Edward. The Halperin brothers produced a series of independent low-budget films in the 1930s. Victor Halperin retired in 1942, after working as a director at PRC studios.

Films Halperin directed include When a Girl Loves (1924), Greater than Marriage (1924), The Unknown Lover (1925), Convoy (1927), Party Girl (1930), and Girls' Town (1942).

Notable horror films directed by Halperin include Supernatural (1933), Revolt of the Zombies (1936), Torture Ship (1937), and Buried Alive (1939).



  1. ^ Rhodes 2001, p. 237

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