For Halloween, a trick-or-treat bag of deceptively complicated themes: the idea of ugly history (personal and otherwise) as a zombie that's no longer living but not yet dead; and the idea of white colonists succumbing to the culture they try to colonize. It's not the perfectly stacked triumph of Cat People, but it's Lewton's second best, and a sign of how much he wanted to ponder, even if not in an organized way.
Equal parts beautiful and classy, and underwhelming and dull. While elegant, with the photography capturing a great sense of atmosphere, and the dialogue being oh-so eloquent, it only emotes on a basic level. I often wanted to like this more, but I find it rather bland and tepid in engagement. Even as a pure melodramatic drama, with rather downplayed interaction, it should be more elevated in its dramatic tension.
Going through his filmography just reminds me of the number of great films that Jacques Tourneur made. Only Out of the Past outshines this classic horror thriller. The atmosphere and photography make everything eerie. A wonderful flim and my favorite produced by Val Lewton.
Six decades before "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," there was this retelling of "Jane Eyre" featuring - you guessed it - zombies. Val Lewton was a shrewd producer who took lurid, sensational titles and turned them into often thoughtful films with great emotional depth, and this love story laced with voodoo is atmospheric and compelling.
Like someone stepping back from a Universal horror movie to ponder it and dream in its mood. I especially liked the strangely threatening encore performance by Sir Lancelot. And the St. Sebastian figurehead is such a great image, serving to make the film more somber than its horror contemporaries.
Something of a difficult watch - more of a series of vaguely creepy vignettes than a full on horror movie - but the ending transforms it. The final five minutes are a free-form abstract tone poem of considerable power. And Carrefour is indeed a superb zombie. One gets the feeling it will improve both in memory and on repeat viewings...