Watched Jun 22, 2012
Eat your heart out, Seth Grahame-Smith. Val Lewton and Jacques Tourneur were busy mashing up Regency literature with supernatural monsters long before you were born, and with much more worthwhile results.
I Walked With A Zombie borrows from a section of Jane Eyre, transplanting the action to the Caribbean and throwing in voodoo zombies. Betsy Connell is a Canadian nurse who's hired to care for Jessica Holland, a "mental case" living out on a sugar plantation on the island of St Sebastian. When she arrives, Betsy meets and is instantly smitten with Paul Holland, and sets about trying to restore his wife's mind - first through medicine, and then through black magic. Cue some amazing creepy nighttime sequences, all shadows and menace and intrigue.
Val Lewton was pretty much a genius. This movie is perfect. Fuck Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Watch this instead.