I Walked With a Zombie
I Walked With a Zombie (1943)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 1, 1943
DVD Release Date: October 4, 2005
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Evocative direction by Jacques Tourneur collides with the low-rent production values of exploitateer Val Lewton in I Walked with a Zombie, a sultry sleeper that's simultaneously smarmy, eloquent and fascinating.

Variety Staff

Overcrowded with trite dialog and ponderous acting.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

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.

Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Instead of true horror, what the film has to offer is atmosphere by the bucketful.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

It transcends the conventions of the horror genre and remains one of Lewton-Tourneur's most compelling studies in light and darkness.

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

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.

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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 without definitively endorsing any of them.

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Thomas M. Pryor
New York Times

A dull, disgusting exaggeration of an unhealthy, abnormal concept of life.

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Fernando F. Croce

Between Halperin's White Zombie and Mizoguchi's Ugetsu lies Jacques Tourneur's masterpiece

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Sultry, claustrophobic, the guilt repressed here is the spectre of slavery stencilled over another abandonment of another wife...

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Tim Salmons
Although he went on to make much better films, Jacques Tourner's I Walked With a Zombie is not anywhere near a waste of time. There are some genuinely… More
Arash Xak
A well-made moody & creepy film but I think it feels a bit rushed, Could have been a bit longer & better
Michael Gildea
I Walked With a Zombie is full of beautiful photography, fantastic set design and stunning direction from Jacques Tourneur. The acting's pretty much what… More
Drew Smith
There actually seemed to be a time when B-horror was visually and thematically interesting, if less so than its big-budget counterparts. That time, for the most… More
Randy Tippy
Ripe with that subtle eerieness that Lewton and Tourneur have become known for. I like this one a little more every time I see it. It's the kind of film… More
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