Una atractiva historia que contiene muchos temas oscuros sobreentendidos. Es decir, es de esas películas que se cuida mucho del veto, sin embargo, es desvergonzada al invocar tópicos perversos. Vudú, traición fraternal, asesinatos, necrofilia? La muerte como un tema que redunda. Tiene además un gran manejo técnico de la luz. El filme de Tourneur se figura como una proyección de lo gótico, surreal y expresionista.
Grateful for this discovery. And perhaps the awareness it drew towards the idea of poetic horror. This being my second Tourneur, I instantly was won by his strange eloquence and atmospheric layering. The concepts he shapes could so easily fall into schlock and bore but instead have this sensational dignity to them. The images linger and the scenes are shrouded in enough mystery that you cannot completely escape.
More a drama in a spooky setting and with a gothic feel than a straightout horror film. Tourneur’s film offers a surprisingly (for me anyway) balanced view of voodoo even when it has the “necessary” horror zombie folklore, and it’s also well aware of the historical context which it treats with some respect. Enchanting if not chilling movie.
Despite its great beauty, I Walked With A zombie has little dramatic emotion. It's elegant in veneer: the photography captures a great sense of atmosphere, like in the sugar cane fields scene, and the dialogue is eloquent. Yet, it's only a dressed up melodrama that leaves you with nothing to think about. As for all its class in acting and mood, the central story feels trite and emotes only on a basic level.
Creepy in it's atmosphere & economical in it's storytelling, Tourneur's melancholic film is bleak & tragic. But it's not too bleak for it's nurse & her love interest, who spend most of the film wondering about their pain & frustration. And that unexplained aspect, along w/ the cinematography, make the voodoo scenes standout. It may not top Cat People but this Caribbean gothic zombie film is certainly interesting.