I Walked with a Zombie: source of a quote about the film

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amanaplan1
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April 14th, 2018, 10:10 am #21

I had to suppress my laughter at this hour!
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CHEROKEEBRUCE
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April 14th, 2018, 10:28 am #22


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April 14th, 2018, 2:25 pm #23

A movie with Tim Curry has something going on it.  I've read Tim is disabled with a stroke, is RITUAL before or after the stroke?  Loved him in TV's IT, and he does a masterful job as one of the nastiest (physically and mentally), unlikable villains in a two part episodes of CRIMINAL MINDS.  Spend one hour and 50 minutes (minus the commercials) hating him and you end up feeling sorry for him.  He should have been nominated for an Emmy,
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dcwillis9
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April 14th, 2018, 6:21 pm #24

PerfectPawn wrote: I intend to read Reality of Terror one of these days.  Any reason why Siegel and others rate Seventh Victim so highly?  I found it dull and plodding.  It came off to me like an endless sequence of people wondering where the sister was, with the psychiatrist making smarmy comments about not being able to divulge her whereabouts.  It just kept going on and on and on.  I Walked With A Zombie on the other hand moves at an absorbing pace, with an incredible visual style.
Hadn't thought of it before, but your description of "The Seventh Victim" as an "endless sequence of people wondering where the sister was" made me think of "L'Avventura".  Of course, in the latter, the heroine, I believe, SPOILER??  never does turn up.  Wonder if Antonioni had seen TSV....😝

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telegonus
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April 18th, 2018, 8:02 am #25

Did Hitchcock see The Seventh Victim? I'd say yes. And yes, Antonioni, too.

Val Lewton's influence on directors, producers, writers, of television and feature films, was enormous. The European subtlety and delicacy of The Seventh Victim can be seen in films for decades after. It's even there, a bit, in style and plot, in the 1971 Klute. It's not a horror, but it has a lot of very eerie scenes, and the overall mood is dark, sort of contemporary American Gothic. Made just after the Sixties ended, it reflects a transitional era; an era that would end even before Disco came along.
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April 19th, 2018, 7:05 am #26

I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE is a gem.  Jacque made Sir Lancelot scary!  Sir Lancelot!!!
When I first saw THE LEOPARD MAN, I felt that Clo-Clo must be some kind of jinx or curse.  The two young ladies who greet her are both killed.  Plus the fact that the gypsy kept turning up the Death card--I thought, "OK, this is about Eddie Albert's wife being the embodiment of death!"*  Well, not quite, but I enjoy it anyway!

*That was Eva Gabor!
"I should like to think that an irate Jehovah, was pointing those arrows of lightning directly at my head!"
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Gojira
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April 22nd, 2018, 3:08 pm #27

Rick wrote: Nothing about the quote or the movie even. But I didn't want to start a new thread for a movie that doesn't deserve it.

And, no, the undeserving movie is certainly not I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE. It's the remake of that film, titled RITUAL from (maybe) 2002.


I didn't know this movie existed till just a couple of years back when I read something about a remake of I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE. At first I thought someone had lost their mind. First, why would anyone remake it? Second, if someone had remade such a classic then surely I would have heard of it.
Well, turns out someone did remake it and somehow I hadn't heard of it.


Now I've seen it. It truly is a remake of I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE, though much changed. It stars Jennifer Grey and her remodeled nose in the Frances Dee role, with Craig Sheffer as master of the house. The zombie wife has become a zombie brother and he's only sometimes a zombie. Or something.


So this one, being from the 21st Century, features gore and nudity and and and. In every way it has lost, or more properly, abandoned everything that was subtle in the original. Not just the obvious, but even the psychology of the piece, even the presentation of the voodoo. 


It will surprise no one, I trust, to hear that RITUAL is not a good movie, and not the tiniest patch on the Lewton classic which it so artlessly rips off.


By the way, this is a "Tales from the Crypt" movie. It is introduced and ushered out by the old Cryptkeeper. I read a bit about this online and there seems to be some dispute as to whether it was always intended as a "Crypt" offering, or if the wraparound "comedy" was an afterthought.


Not that it really matters, of course. 
And lo and behold...

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Yesterday, 5:59 pm #28

Am I the only person who feels IWWAZ  isn't as enjoyable after the walk through the cane fields and the voodoo ceremony. It goes a bit flat after that for me . I do enjoy the film a lot though ,as I do all the Lewton Horrors and MADMOISELLE FIFI  & APACHE DRUMS.
My favourites remain  ISLE OF THE DEAD & THE SEVENTH VICTIM


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Yesterday, 7:21 pm #29

professor liebstrum wrote: Am I the only person who feels IWWAZ  isn't as enjoyable after the walk through the cane fields and the voodoo ceremony. It goes a bit flat after that for me . I do enjoy the film a lot though ,as I do all the Lewton Horrors and MADMOISELLE FIFI  & APACHE DRUMS.
My favourites remain  ISLE OF THE DEAD & THE SEVENTH VICTIM


Russ
IWWAZ:  Maybe, but guilt, responsibility, suspicion, etc. get sorted out, very interestingly, in the last third.  True, I guess, the intoxicating visuals don't resume until the very last sequence....

IOTD:  Again, my lobby card is happy....

TSV:  No lobby card, but I'm happy....😝

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Yesterday, 8:50 pm #30

"Well ... I *warned* you!"
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telegonus
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Yesterday, 11:29 pm #31

professor liebstrum wrote: Am I the only person who feels IWWAZ  isn't as enjoyable after the walk through the cane fields and the voodoo ceremony. It goes a bit flat after that for me . I do enjoy the film a lot though ,as I do all the Lewton Horrors and MADMOISELLE FIFI  & APACHE DRUMS.
My favourites remain  ISLE OF THE DEAD & THE SEVENTH VICTIM


Russ
Maybe so. I haven't seen IWWAZ for a long while, however I do remember the ending, the last scene, or sequence if you will, and the accompanying music, as darkly beautiful as any I can remember for a horror film.
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