How to release a zombie movie Jane eyre? How to release a 70 minute horror movie Jane eyre, same? Producer Val Lewton, who oversaw nine classic coolers for the RKO studio in the 1940s, knew it. The base story of a heavily assaulted housekeeper is transplanted from the British countryside to a Caribbean island, and the gloomy landowner’s plight is spiced with voodoo. Critics have long praised Lewton’s horror footage, which also includes Cat people and The seventh victim, for their subtlety – which sometimes convinces average joes that they could be boring. They are not. Corn Zombie, directed by Jacques Tourneur, is the one that relies more on mood and atmosphere than on the fear of jumping.
George Sanders’ brother Tom Conway is convincingly morbid as a Rochester character. On a boat with Frances Dee’s Betsy, seeing her in awe of the beauty of the water, he said, “this luminous water, it takes its glow from millions of tiny corpses.” The flicker of putrescence. A fun guy. The tale is pleasantly knotty, with a mortifying reward. And in its treatment of black Caribbean culture and diasporic religious practices is not only surprisingly less patronizing for a Hollywood film, it is virtually anti-racist, with zombieism sometimes serving as a powerful metaphor for slavery and colonialism.
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