The Val Lewton Productions

val-lewton2Born: 7 May 1904, Leytonstone, London, England, UK
Died: 14 March 1951, Los Angeles, California, USA

“Val Lewton was a Russian-American novelist, film producer and screenwriter best known for a string of low-budget horror films he produced for RKO Pictures in the 1940s. In 1942, Lewton was named head of the horror unit at RKO studios. He would have to follow three rules: each film had to come in under a US$150,000 budget, each was to run under 75 minutes, and Lewton’s supervisors would supply the film titles. The success of his first film, Cat People, enabled Lewton to make his next films with relatively little studio interference, allowing him to fulfill his vision despite the sensationalistic film titles he was given, focusing on ominous suggestion and themes of existential ambivalence.” (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

The RKO Years
  • Cat People (1942, Jacques Tourneur)
  • I Walked With a Zombie (1943, Jacques Tourneur)
  • The Leopard Man (1943, Jacques Tourneur)
  • The Seventh Victim (1943, Mark Robson)
  • The Ghost Ship (1943, Mark Robson)
  • The Curse of the Cat People (1944, Robert Wise, Gunther von Fritsch )
  • Mademoiselle Fifi (1944, Robert Wise)
  • Youth Runs Wild (1944, Mark Robson)
  • The Body Snatcher (1945, Robert Wise)
  • Isle of the Dead (1945, Mark Robson)
The Last Years
  • My Own True Love (1949, Compton Bennett)
  • Please Believe Me (1950, Norman Taurog)
  • Apache Drums (1951, Hugo Fregonese)

Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows (2007, Kent Jones)