I Walked with a Zombie

I Walked with a Zombie

Jacques Tourneur (1943)

65min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Is the invalid wife of a Caribbean plantation owner (Tom Conway) really the victim of a voodoo curse? In her quest to find out, nurse Frances Dee uncovers dark family secrets in cult producer Val Lewton's ingenious reworking of Jane Eyre. Jacques Tourneur's direction creates palpable fear and tension in a typically low-key nightmare from the Lewton fright factory. 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.

Summary

A nurse visits a Caribbean island to treat the sick wife of a plantation owner. The patient is thought to have fallen foul of a horrific voodoo curse, causing zombie-like behaviour. But in her quest to find out the truth, the nurse uncovers some dark and terrifying family secrets. Horror from director Jacques Tourneur, starring Frances Dee, Tom Conway, Christine Gordon and James Ellison.

Cast & Crew

Paul Holland Tom Conway
Betsy Frances Dee
Wesley Rand James Ellison
Mrs Rand Edith Barrett
Jessica Holland Christine Gordon
Dr Maxwell James Bell
Clement Richard Abrams
Alma Teresa Harris
Calypso singer Sir Lancelot
Carre-Four Darby Jones
Houngan Martin Wilkins
Director Jacques Tourneur
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: R.K.O. Radio Pictures LtdAvailable on: video
Drama