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I Walked with a Zombie

I Walked with a Zombie(1943)


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Actress Theresa Harris' first name is misspelled "Teresa" in the onscreen cast credits. The film opens with Betsy's voice over-narration "I walked with a zombie, it all began in such an ordinary way..." According to a October 21, 1942 Hollywood Reporter news item, Anna Lee was initially slated to play "Betsy," but was forced to withdraw because of a previous commitment. Although RKO production records add Rita Christiani to the cast, her appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. A mid-November 1942 Hollywood Reporter news item noted that the studio was forced to eliminate five days of location shooting because of proposed gas rationing. According to a February 1943 Hollywood Reporter news item, because of the success of Cat People, the Val Lewton production released just prior to this film, I Walked with a Zombie was to be rented not on a flat rate, which was the custom for low-budget "B" films, but on a percentage of the box office, as was the practice with higher-budgeted "A" films. I Walked With a Zombie served as the inspiration for the 2001 RKO production Ritual, directed by Avi Nesher and starring Jennifer Grey, Craig Sheffer, and Daniel Lapaine. This loose remake, which credits Wallace's story and the Siodmak-Wray screenplay, is also known as Tales From the Crypt Presents: Revelation.