I Walked with a Zombie

1943 film by Jacques Tourneur / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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I Walked with a Zombie is a 1943 American horror film directed by Jacques Tourneur and produced by Val Lewton for RKO Pictures. It stars James Ellison, Frances Dee, and Tom Conway, and follows a Canadian nurse who travels to care for the ailing wife of a sugar plantation owner in the Caribbean, where she witnesses Vodou rituals and possibly encounters the walking dead. The screenplay, written by Curt Siodmak and Ardel Wray, is based on an article of the same title by Inez Wallace, and also partly reinterprets the narrative of the 1847 novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.[1][2]

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I Walked with a Zombie
Theatrical release poster by William Rose
Directed byJacques Tourneur
Written by
Based on
Produced byVal Lewton
Narrated byFrances Dee
CinematographyJ. Roy Hunt
Edited byMark Robson
Music byRoy Webb
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release dates
  • April 21, 1943 (1943-04-21) (New York City)
  • April 30, 1943 (1943-04-30) (U.S.)
Running time
69 minutes
CountryUnited States

The film premiered in New York City on April 21, 1943, before receiving a wider theatrical release later that month. It has been analyzed for its themes of slavery and racism, and for its depiction of beliefs associated with African diaspora religions, particularly Haitian Vodou. Though it received mixed reviews upon its release, retrospective assessments of the film have been more positive.