THE GREG PROOPS FILM CLUB: I Walked with a Zombie

Greg Proops (one of the most mind-warpingly quick-draw improv comics on earth) records the latest episode of his monthly Film Club podcast live — and then it’s time for I Walked with a Zombie.

Greg sez: Wild, weird, moody, beautifully shot movie about colonial racism, the effects of slavery, voodoo and white people’s collective subconscious. Mad Russian Val Lewton took charge of RKO’s horror unit and was given three rules: each picture had to come in under budget of $150,000, they had to run under 75 minutes, and Lewton’s supervisors would supply the titles for each film. He teamed up with Jacques Tourneur—who would later make the great Film Noir classic, Out of the Past—and they made the spooky Cat People. Zombie is their awesome follow-up. Jane Eyre in Haiti. This is a film class on what you can do with no budget and great lighting. Thrill to actual voodoo ceremonies, chill to the dark insanity stalking through the cane fields, swoon to the doctor saying, “She makes a beautiful zombie doesn’t she?” Make Halloween count. Take a break from the Horror of Trump. No nurse on duty.

Dir. Jacques Tourneur, 1943, 16mm, 69 mins.

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