I Walked with a Zombie
Producer: Val Lewton
4.5 / 5 zedheads
When zombies became flesh-hungry monsters in Romero's movies, they became scary because they posed a creeping threat to our bodies. When zombies became raving Olympic sprinters after 28 Days Later, they became scary because they lent themselves to jump scares and shaky-cam chase scenes. Before all this overt terror, however, Val Lewton made zombies scary because of their ambiguity. Are they alive or dead? Supernatural or natural? Real or myth? The uncanny nature of the supernatural and the ambiguity of the voodoo zombie's existence play key roles in the classic romance mystery of I Walked with a Zombie.
|I choose to see that as a good sign.|
|"I see that the magnitude of my handsomeness frightens you."|
|Here, hold this.|
|Sigh. Your zombie shadow puppet again? Any new material?|
|Don't worry. He looks taller in silhouette.|
|Up the down staircase.|
THE 12 DAYS OF ZOMBIE continues all this week with more reviews of zombie classics as I countdown to Christmas.