The Walking Dead Reviews
The film's best moments feature Karloff's zombie rampage which have a touch of irony about them - not least because of the way that every member of the gang dies by his own hand through accident rather than Karloff's. Stand-out scene is definitely the fantastic build up to Karloff's undeserved execution, as sad cello music plays and prison guards banter about baseball while a man's life hangs in the balance.
Edmund Gwenn is also effective in one of his earlier roles as the doctor who brings Karloff back to life after he is wrongly executed: obsessed by an urge to learn what goes on after death, he drives Karloff on but the latter's only concern is to get even with the corrupt gang which set him up (including Ricardo Cortez's shady lawyer, Barton MacLane as one of his associates and Joe Sawyer as a hit-man, the real murderer).
John Ellman was recently released from prison and he is struggling to find a worthwhile job. After a failed attempt to land a job, John meets a stranger who he thinks is a friend. John's new friend kills a government official and frames him for it. John is sent to death row and is executed. John "returns" from the dead and begins killing those responsible for his death.
"You can't kill me for something I didn't do."
Michael Curtiz, director of The Proud Rebel, We're no Angels (1955), The Breaking Point, Romance on the High Seas, Casablanca, Yankee Doodle Dandee, The Sea Wolf, and Dodge City, delivers the Walking Dead. The character development and portrayal was stunning. The script was smart and the settings were well selected. Boris Karloff was brilliant in the lead role and delivered a magnificent performance.
"You take away a life and offer me a favor in return? That's what I call a bargain."
I am a huge Boris Karloff fan and I love Halloween when his films are plentiful on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and AMC. This is not my favorite Karloff picture; however, it was smarter than I anticipated and Karloff was stunning in the lead role. If you're a Karloff fan, I strongly recommend seeing this picture. Oh, and this film was released in 1936 not 2009. ;)
"They are pushing the electric chair right under him."