Saturday, April 30, 2011

Walked This Way

Like hypnotized slaves of Rasputin
They drift through this fave from Val Lewton
It's a classy affair
Made with passion and flair
Though the title don't sound high-falutin'.

David Cairns

Christine Gordon and Frances Dee in I Walked with a Zombie (Jacques Tourneur, 1943). Handed the cheesy title, producer Val Lewton applied taste and talent to create a sublimely eerie film, following the pattern he'd established with Cat People (also with director Tourneur). Walk to an an earlier limerick on Lewton here.

This concludes our month-long feature on the superb limericks of movie-mad maestro David Cairns. But don't worry, there's more to come from Mr. Cairns, writer of the horror-centric film blog, Shadowplay. We've all sorts of goodies scheduled for May, including a tribute to actor and horror film star Vincent Price on the centennial of his birth. So stay tuned to Limerwrecks, island of the poetry of the living dead.


panavia999 said...

"I Walked with A Zombie" and "Curse of the Cat People" are two of my favorite movies. Both odd, weird and beautifully made. They just can't make them like this anymore!

surly hack said...

They didn't make them like that back then, either. Jacques Tourneur's stated (and evident) belief in the supernatural coupled with his elliptical style are what set his films apart. And the producer of both films was Val Lewton, a kindred spirit to Tourneur.