Thanlis’s review published on Letterboxd:
I’d give a lot to know if Tourneur and Lawton were intentionally telling the story that lurks in these shadows. Probably; they were both, to at least a degree, outsiders.
So the scene at the wedding is both the supernatural making itself present and the young immigrant being horrified that she hasn’t integrated enough. And, yeah, ultimately she isn’t American enough for that scumbag Oliver.
And even at the surface level, purely as a suspenseful supernatural thriller, it’s a great movie. Just oozes craftsmanship.
Prompt: see a film from 8 decades (1940s), see a film from 6 countries (US)