Hey everyone, Will from Grindcast here. A few months ago I took a look back at Hammer Horror. Now, I’m pleased to announce a new series of written retrospectives here at The Grinded Word. I’ll be taking an in depth look into the work of some of the biggest names in classic horror cinema. I have decided to start this new venture by looking into the work of Val Lewton, an often overlooked legend of horror film.

Val Lewton is by no means a household name. When people think of early horror film pioneers they often think of names like James Whale, or FW Murnau. Lewton is often looked at as an afterthought, but the films he produced for RKO Pictures deserve more than just cult status. Over the next few months I’m going to cover these works in depth through a series of reviews.

Cat People (1942)
I Walked with a Zombie (1943)
The Leopard Man (1943)
The Seventh Victim (1943)
Ghost ship (1943)
The Curse of the Cat People (1944)
The Body Snatcher (1945)
Isle of the Dead (1945)
Bedlam (1946)