The first of a magnificent series of horror films produced by Val Lewton for RKO. It's not among my favourite of his films, but it has a lot going for it. Jacques Tourneur was one of the more talented directors to work with Lewton, and he creates a wonderful atmosphere of dread. The film has some incredible sequences that have been copied so often, they seem cliched when seen these days, but they are among the best slow burns in the genre. My issue with the film is that the narrative slows to a crawl in the middle third, and the lead male character is an incredibly clueless dud. I so dislike him, I have trouble getting into much of the story.