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I Walked with a Zombie / The Body Snatcher (Horror Double Feature)
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- Commentary by Film Historians Kim Newman and Steve Jones on I Walked with a Zombie
- Commentary by Director Robert Wise with film historian Steve Haberman on The Body Snatcher
- Theatrical Trailers
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Released in 1943, I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE is considered by many to be Lewton's single best film. Directed by Jacques Tourneur (who also directed Lewton's CAT PEOPLE and LEOPARD MAN), the story concerns nurse Betsy Connell (Frances Dee), who is hired to care for mysterious Jessica Holland (Christine Gordon--and who finds herself romantically torn between the woman's husband Paul (Tom Conway) and his half-brother Holland (James Ellison.) But no sooner does Nurse Connell settle in to the situation than she becomes unsettled by native drums. Is her patient's strange condition the result of voodoo?
Although the film suffers from an occasional plot hole, it is easily one of the most stylish horror films of the 20th century. Like all Lewton films, the direction, performances, and script are low key--but the tone is at once romantic and chilling, a strange tropical melange buttressed by Lewton's remarkable eye for black and white design. While the film print is not pristine, it is reasonably good and probably represents a best-case situation. Unfortunately, the commentary by film historians Kim Newman and Steve Jones tends to be excessively chatty; even so, it can be remarkably informative.
Released in 1945, THE BODY SNATCHER often vies with I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE for critical approval.Read more ›
I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE (1943)
Purportedly based on Charlotte Bronte's novel JANE EYRE, this typically low-key Lewton chiller stars pretty Frances Dee as a Canadian nurse assigned to care for the semi-comatose wife of a plantation owner. Not really a horror film--but fascinating nonetheless--this one's a gloomy yet well-acted melodrama that uses the voodoo-steeped Caribbean island of San Sebastian as a backdrop. Jacques Tourneur's haunting direction, J. Roy Hunt's rich black-and-white cinematography, and Roy Webb's calypso-inspired score create a very otherworldly atmosphere, and actor Darby Jones' portrayal of an emaciated, bug-eyed island native--who may or may not be a zombie--is disturbingly unforgettable.
THE BODY SNATCHER (1945)
This literate adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson story stars genre great Boris Karloff as a 19th-century grave robber who turns to murder in order to meet the local med school's quota for cadavers to dissect. Karloff delivers what is arguably one of his best performances, and Bela Lugosi does equally well in a less prominent secondary role. The film is also notable for being one of the first genre directorial efforts from Robert Wise, who would later direct such genre classics as THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (1951), THE HAUNTING (1963), THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN (1971), and STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE (1979), as well as some non-genre greats like WEST SIDE STORY (1961) and THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965).
The double-feature disc from Warner offers both movies their original 1.Read more ›
"I Walked with a Zombie" must win the award for the most ridiculous title for a super movie. During a period when screenwriters were on strike they had to keep making movies, so they turned to the classics. In this one they took Jane Eyre and moved it to the tropics and added a sprinkle of Voodoo and came out with a very atmospheric film. Any young film director looking to learn the technique of evocative atmosphere needs to start here. This movie oozes a melancholy ambiance that is more sinister than horror. One my my favourite all time films.
The second, they dusted off and trotted out was a Robert Lewis Stephenson tale about evil-doings in the period of body snatching. A very understated yet menacing Karloff is the sinister body snatcher willing to provide a young doctor the much needed corpses he needs for his medical experiments - even if they are still alive and protesting. It's a very understate film, no sensational acting. Costuming for the period Scotland it's wonderful. Excellent direction from the master Robert Wise.
There are theatrical trailers, it has subtitles in England, French and Spanish (but on the feature films only). Also included are commentary by Film Historians Kim Newman and Steve Jones for Zombie and Steve Haberman for Body Snatcher.
These are two of the very best Lewton films. Not to be missed for the power of each does not lessen with time.
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Body Snatcher is one of the all time horror sleeper.Published 5 months ago by Christopher A. Carman
You can skip The Body Snatcher, but "I Walked with A Zombie" is one of the most stunning visual movies you'll ever see.Published 14 months ago by Fogcity Reader
they were okay and what I expected. I just wanted them for keeps (to watch when feeling like it) great soundtracks and great commentary regarding singer etc.. Read morePublished 17 months ago by SR Willia
Both of these movies are classic horror pictures. I highly recommend both films which show the genius of the producer - Val Lewton.Published 20 months ago by Razor in OHIO
I saw The Body Snatcher only once in my life, on TV in Ohio at about the age of 9. The movie was so enlightening to me, and disturbing, I never forgot it. Read morePublished 20 months ago by gregbirddizelec