I Walked with a Zombie (1943)

35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Jacques Tourneur.

Plot Summary

A young nurse travels to the West Indies to look after Jessica, the wife of a plantation manager, who seems to be suffering an unidentified psychiatric illness.


Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Copyright MCMXLIII [1943] RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc. presents
Produced by: Val Lewton
Screen Play by: Curt Siodmak and Ardel Wray
Based on an original story by Inez Wallace
Assistant Director: William Dorfman
Director of Photography: J. Roy Hunt
Edited by: Mark Robson
Music by: Roy Webb
Musical Director: C. Bakaleinikoff
Recorded by: John C. Grubb
RCA Sound System
Art Directors: Albert S. D'Agostino, Walter E. Keller
Set Decorations: Darrell Silvera, Al Fields
“The characters and events depicted in this photoplay are fictional. Any similarity to actual persons, living, dead or possessed, is purely coincidental.”

James Ellison (Wesley Rand)
Frances Dee (Betsy Connell)
Tom Conway (Paul Holland)
Edith Barrett (Mrs Rand)
James Bell (Dr Maxwell)
Christine Gordon (Jessica Holland)
Teresa Harris (Alma)
Sir Lancelot (calypso singer)
Darby Jones (Carrefour)
Jeni LeGon (dancer)

Alternative Titles

Ho camminato con uno zombie – Italy
Ich folgte einem Zombie – Germany
Passejant amb un zombi – Spain (Catalan television)
Svart mystik
– Sweden
– France
Yo anduve con un zombie
– Spain
Yo dormí con un fantasma
– Argentina
Yö woodoosaarella
– Finland
Yö woodoo-saarella
– Finland

Extracts included in
Monsterama Sci-Fi Late Night Creature Feature Show Vol. 1 (1996)
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese through American Movies (1995)

See also
Ritual (2001)
on Broadway (1945)



  • Adaptation vol.7 no.3 (2014) pp.253-264 – article (Pedro Costa on the island of the dead: distant referencing and the making of Casa de Lava (1995) by Nuno Barradas Jorge)
  • American Cinematographer vol.87 no.1 January 2006) pp.20,24-25 – illustrated DVD review (DVD Playback: I Walked With a Zombie/The Body Snatcher by Kenneth Sweeney)
  • Cahiers du Cinéma no.195 (November 1967) pp.68
  • Castle of Frankenstein no.4 p.7
  • Castle of Frankenstein no.11 p.36
  • CineAction! no.3/4 (January 1986) pp.6-20 – illustrated article (Notes for a reading of I Walked With a Zombie by Robin Wood)
  • CinémAction no.120 (2006) pp.39-45; 86-97 – illustrated article (Le cinéma des traces: notes sur la collaboration de Jacques by Chris Fujiwara and Larysa Snirnova); illustrated article (La poétique de l'ambiguïté dans I Walked with a Zombie by Gilles Menegaldo)
  • Film Comment vol.8 no.2 (Summer 1972) pp.64-70
  • Film Criticism vol.6 no.3 (Spring 1982) pp.18-31
  • Film Ireland no.83 (October/November 2001) pp.42-44 – illustrated article (Shadows: Jacques Tourneur's cinema of ambiguity by Gwenda Young)
  • Kinematograph Weekly no.1888 24 June 1943
  • Midi-Minuit Fantastique no.10/11 (Winter 1964/65) pp.99
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.10 no.115 (July 1943) pp.78
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.150 no.12 (20 March 1943)
  • Radio Times vol.232 no.3008 (4-10 July 1981) pp.6-7 – illustrated article (Tasteful terror, elegant unease by Geoff Brown)
  • Radio Times 25-31 July 1987 pp.16, 69 – credits, review
  • Radio Times vol.259 no.3391 (26 November 1988) p.31
  • Sight and Sound Supplement no.13 (February 1948) p.16
  • Today's Cinema vol.60 no.4894 (23 June 1943)
  • We Belong Dead no.29 (Autumn 2021) pp.30-31 – illustrated article (Ansel's asylum for the psychotronic No.3 by Ansel Faraj)


  • 500 Essential Cult Movies: The Ultimate Guide by Jennifer Eiss with J.P. Rutter and Steve White p.249 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.82
  • A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series by Ken Hanke pp.143-145; 152
  • Cult Movies: A Hundred Ways to Find the Reel Thing by Danny Peary – review
  • Cult Movies: The Classics, the Sleepers, the Weird and the Wonderful by Danny Peary – review
  • Devil's Advocates: I Walked With a Zombie by Clive Dawson
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.57
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.138
  • Fear Itself: Horror on Screen and in Reality During the Depression and World War II by Melvin E. Matthews Jr pp.195
  • Feature Films, 1940-1949: A United States Filmography by Alan G. Fetrow p.222
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.186
  • Horror Films by Subgenre: A Viewer's Guide by Chris Vander Kaay and Kathleen Fernandez-Vander Kaay pp.207-208
  • Horrorshows: The A-Z of Horror in Film, TV, Radio and Theatre by Gene Wright p.230, 231  – illustrated credits, review
  • Recovering 1940s Horror Cinema: Traces of a Lost Decade by Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare, Charlie Ellbé and Kristopher Woofter (eds.) pp.21n4, 70, 80, 104, 150, 193, 228, 231-233, 236, 328, 334n10
  • by Walt Lee p.211 – credits
  • The RKO Features by James L. Neibaur p.124-125 – credits, synopsis
  • RKO Radio Pictures Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Films, 1929-1956 by Michael R. Pitts p.147-151
  • Top 100 Horror Movies by Gary Gerani p.132 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia by Peter Dendle p.91-93