from an Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980) painting.
the script, Curt Siodmak all but ignored the original short
story and came up with his own idea. Remembering the
painter Oscar Kokoschka, who used to sleep with a life-sized
developed the story of "a beautiful wife married to a
plantation owner on one of the voodoo islands. The husband knew
that she wanted to run away from him. He would not let her go.
So he turned her into a zombie. He could continue to have an
affair with a beautiful body, but it was like
sleeping with a lifeless doll.'
around and hired another writer who
made the film into a sort of 'Jane Eyre in the Tropics.'"
Andrew Horn's retrospective on Zombie
from the 1988 Berlin Film Festival.
the zombie which guards the paths leading to the Houm Fort,
is apparently named from the French word, carrefour,
meaning, literally, "cross road."