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.
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.
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.
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.