Directed by Jacques Tourneur • 1943 • United States
Starring James Ellison, Frances Dee, Tom Conway
Following the enormous success of CAT PEOPLE, the second collaboration between producer Val Lewton and director Jacques Tourneur pushes the horror film to even more abstract, hallucinatory heights. When she takes a job caring for a comatose woman on a Caribbean island, a young nurse (Frances Dee) finds herself plunged into a dreamlike world where voodoo priests can summon the living dead. It all builds toward a hypnotic denouement that stands as one of the most haunting and poetic passages in all of horror cinema.