I Walked with a Zombie (1943)

In its 69 minutes, I Walked with a Zombie packs a dense and fascinating allegory for the damning effects of slavery and the tenuous coexistence of cultures. Like many of the B-grade horror films produced by Val Lewton at RKO Studios, it began life with a certain set of parameters and expectations: saddled with the title I Walked … Continue reading I Walked with a Zombie (1943)

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The Curse of the Cat People (1944)

There are countless cases of Hollywood producers meddling with directors' artistic vision, as the crude demands of commercialism ruin ambitious creative endeavors. But it must be admitted that, sometimes, the push-and-pull between bottom-line moneymen and iconoclastic artists results in fascinatingly rich cinematic texts.  Case in point: The Curse of the Cat People, which was marketed by … Continue reading The Curse of the Cat People (1944)