Written December 27, 2008
Yes, I know: the title itself tends to conjure up images of those boisterously bad Saturday night flicks you'd watch with your best friend down in your game room long after the folks went to bed! And yet, Val Lewton may not be a name you are well aware of off hand, but he is the creator of some of the finest chill-fests of the 40s. He was RKO's answer to the A-lister horror mavens over at Universal. He made incredibly provocative and eerie works dealing in the subconscious fears of human existence. I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE is arguably his masterpiece. Definitely the best he got out of his pairing with French director Jaques Tournier. A somber and moody tale of a Canadian nurse who is sent to a remote Island in the West Indies to take care of the catatonic wife of a wealthy sugar plantation owner who may or may not be responsible for getting her involved with local voodoo witchdoctors. Creepy, nightmarish and truly an unforgettable antidote to all those mundane creature feautures!!