VAL LEWTON - THE SCREENPLAY COLLECTION
"A minor novelist and story editor for David O. Selznick, Val Lewton joined RKO Studios in 1942 to form a "horror" unit, producing low-budget films to compete with Universal's successful monster series. Gathering about him young but talented directors like Jacques Tourneur, Mark Robson, and Robert Wise, and writers like DeWitt Bodeen and Ardel Wray, Lewton put together a production group that turned out a string of critically acclaimed and financially successful films between 1942 and 1946. More than simply the producer for this group, Lewton served as a kind of creative centerpiece, overseeing every project, and contributing his considerable skills as a writer and judge of what is cinematic."
Responsible for classics like CAT PEOPLE, I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE, CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE AND ISLE OF THE DEAD et al.