I Walked With a Zombie
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RKO producer Val Lewton seemed to thrive upon taking the most lurid film titles and coming up with pocket-edition works of art. Saddled with the studio-dictated title I Walked With a Zombie, Lewton, together with scripters Curt Siodmak and Ardel Wray, concocted a West Indies variation on Jane Eyre. Trained nurse (Frances Dee) travels to the tropics to care for Christine Gordon, the wife of seemingly abusive Tom Conway. At first, Dee merely believes her patient to be comatose. But as the drums throb and the natives behave restlessly, Dee tries to bring her patient back to life by jungle magic.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Overcrowded with trite dialog and ponderous acting."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"It is Tourneur's caressingly evocative direction, superbly backed by Roy Hunt's chiaroscuro images, that makes sheer magic of the film's brooding journey into fear."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Instead of true horror, what the film has to offer is atmosphere by the bucketful."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"One-ups Cat People with its stylish visual scheme and West Indies voodoo rhythms."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A miniature masterpiece of contorted human emotions and uneasy personal broodings emphasized by a gothic melange of sight and sound."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"It transcends the conventions of the horror genre and remains one of Lewton-Tourneur's most compelling studies in light and darkness."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"The lighting, shadows, exotic setting and music all contribute to the immensely disturbing atmosphere, making this stunning piece of poetic horror a classic of the genre."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"I Walked with a Zombie is a horror film for grownups, which presents a complex picture of human relations and offers multiple explanations for events portrayed without definitively endorsing any of them."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"I Walked with a Zombie is a horror film for grownups, which presents a complex picture of human relations and offers multiple explanations for events portrayed"
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"It uses Caribbean folklore and weird religious imagery to spice up a romantic tangle that pays off."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"A dull, disgusting exaggeration of an unhealthy, abnormal concept of life."
‑ Thomas M. Pryor, New York Times
"Between Halperin's White Zombie and Mizoguchi's Ugetsu lies Jacques Tourneur's masterpiece"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Sultry, claustrophobic, the guilt repressed here is the spectre of slavery stencilled over another abandonment of another wife..."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"This is a film that wants to ellicit not screams but shivers as it takes you on its journey into the heart of human darkness ..."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, ESplatter
"Visually magnificent, eerie tale."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
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