[It’s] an elegant shape-shifter, leaving the audience unaware what the danger is and where it can come from. Up to this point the film is as quietly ambitious and dreamily poetic as other Lewton productions, summoning exquisite, eerie dread in its every breath . . . yet what was it that so terrified Scorsese? The answers come fast and furious in the film’s last third, which involves premature burial, sleepwalking, gruesome stabbings, and a nasty plunge off the side of a cliff.
October 25, 2014