director Philip Ford
To call Valley of the Zombies a horror film is a bit of a stretch. Heck, just because it has “Zombie” in the title and ostensibly features a voodoo style zombie character, I guess. Some have even noted that the “Valley” of the title isn’t even a valley but a metaphor. It’s more a comedy and pop adventure than a thriller or a horror film.
Valley of the Zombies comes from Republic Studios, a big independent Hollywood studio of Poverty Row, a studio that didn’t do much in the way of horror, more in the way of Westerns.
The film features Robert Livingston and Lorna Gray as a low-rent doctor and nurse Nick and Nora, on the hunt for a crazy killer who embalms all his victims and turns out (pretty early on) to be a once-dead dude who needs fresh blood to stay alive, via some hoodoo. More importantly it features Ian Keith as a Poverty Row Boris Karloff-ish villain. It’s straight-up Scooby-Doo style low-brow low-jinks.
It does feature an amusing line or two: “Let’s go over to Dr. Maynard’s office and see if we can pick up a clue that will lead us to this peculiar party that has a passion for pickling.”