Wednesday, May 6, 2009

I Walked With A Zombie (1943)

3.5 / 5
Tagline: See this strange, strange story of a woman whose lure set brother against brother; whose love caused hate - and whose beauty bowed to the will of an evil spell in whose power we must refuse to believe - EVEN IF IT'S TRUE!
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Written by: Inez Wallace, Curt Siodmak
Actors include: James Ellison, Frances Dee, Tom Conway
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Banned: Nope
Country: USA

I very much adore the poster for this film and it looks so stylish in photos that when it came on tv I was compelled to watch it. Sure it's an oldie and it definitely shows, it's acted woodenly and the erm getting to know the characters bit is quite painful and boring. What isn't painful and boring is the actual tale once it gets going. We have a young woman who seems to be in some sort of mental state where she is zombie-eque which is apparently the result of a fever. A nurse comes to care for her and falls for the zombie like girl's husband. It becomes one of those things where she has to chose between attempting to cure the zombie like woman or trying to erm steal the man I guess. The zombie style imagery and voodoo stuff is pretty neato actually and although cheaply made (or so it seems) it is actually quite lovely to look at and stylish which is what keeps some interest. It wasn't an easy sit through but for lovers of elder films this will be a must view as it's hailed a classic. I definitely like the posters and memorabilia better than the actual film but it wasn't too bad either to be fair!

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