I Walked with a Zombie fails to measure up to the horrific title. Film contains some terrifying passages, but is overcrowded with trite dialog and ponderous acting.
I Walked with a Zombie fails to measure up to the horrific title. Film contains some terrifying passages, but is overcrowded with trite dialog and ponderous acting.Scripters haven’t particularly improved the Inez Wallace original [story], which hinges on the premise that West Indies voodoo priests actually can produce a ‘zombie,’ a live person unable to speak, hear or feel. Weird yarn has two half-brothers competing for the love of a girl, married to one of the pair, and their mother employing voodooism to turn the girl into a robot-like existence. With few exceptions, cast walks through the picture almost as dazed as the zombies. James Ellison makes a loud but totally ineffective ‘bad’ brother. Frances Dee, as a comely nurse, tries to make sense in the inanimate proceedings. Tom Conway is terrifically British as the righteous brother, but inexcusably dull most of the time.
I Walked with a Zombie
RKO. Director Jacques Tourneur; Producer Val Lewton; Screenplay Curt Siodmak, Ardel Wray; Camera J. Roy Hunt; Editor Mark Robson; Music Roy Webb; Art Director Albert S. D'Agostino, Walter E. Keller
(B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1943. Running time: 69 MIN.
Tom Conway Frances Dee James Ellison Edith Barrett Christine Gordon James Bell