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|A Val Lewton Horror Double Feature: I Walked with a Zombie / The Body Snatcher (2005)|
Warner Bros. Entertainment, USA
Zombies and cadavers bring horror to life in two Val Lewton classics. Literary classics become
screen horror classics when given the Lewton touch. Take the Gothic romance of Jane Eyre, reset
it in the West Indies, add the direction of Jacques Tourneur (Cat People) and the the overriding
terror of the living dead and you have I Walked With a Zombie. Frances Dee plays the nurse who witnesses
the strange power of voodoo. Boris Karloff plays the title role in the Lewton adaptation of Robert
Louis Stevenson's The Body Snatcher, directed with subtle calculation by versatile Robert Wise. A doctor (Henry Daniell) needs cadavers for medical studies and Karloff is willing to provide them—one way or another. Don't miss his scene with fellow horror icon Bela Lugosi.
• I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE (1942)
• THE BODY SNATCHER (1945)
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