A young girl who lives on a tropical island loses her parents to a voodoo sacrifice, but although she manages to escape the island, a curse is put on her. Years later, as an adult, she ... See full summary »
A young girl who lives on a tropical island loses her parents to a voodoo sacrifice, but although she manages to escape the island, a curse is put on her. Years later, as an adult, she feels a strong compulsion to return to the island to confront her past. Her husband, her daughter and her nanny go with her, but once back on the island, the woman finds herself elevated by the locals to the stature of a voodoo goddess, and she begins her inevitable descent into madness, with disastrous results for her family. Written by
The language spoken by the native characters, and by Juanita (Dorothy Burgess) when she addresses them directly, is Kreyol (also spelled Creole), the African-influenced dialect of French that is the common language of Haiti. See more »
What do you get when you mix voodoo, Fay Wray, and Jack Holt? A great but obscure and hard to find gem called Black Moon. I had to get a copy off eBay from someone that burns DVD-R of public domain movies. I was pleasantly surprised in the quality of the DVD. The sound and picture quality were better than most of what Mill Creek puts out. It was not perfect, but it was still very good. It was about the equivalent of a VHS tape.
Now, my review of the movie. Juanita Perez Lane (Dorothy Burgess) was born on the island of San Christopher (Haiti). She escaped the island at the age of two when her parents were sacrificed in a voodoo ritual. She is now an adult and wants to go back to the island. She brings her daughter, Nancy (Cora Sue Collins) her daughter's nanny, and her secretary, Gail Hamilton (Fay Wray). People seem to start getting killed if they oppose her return to the island.
The acting was top notch. Fay Wray did a great job as the lead. Dorothy Burgess and Jack Holt also did fine acting jobs. Cora Sue Collins did fine for a child actress because she managed to not annoy me. This movie is nice to see the women play the main roles and the men play more of a supporting role.
The movie did an excellent job building tension throughout. The climatic scene was awesome and brought great closure to the film. The end was somewhat predictable but still enjoyable. The "natives" did a wonderful job. The voodoo drumming was terrific to build up tension and the "natives" seemed very restless.
Overall, see this movie if you can get a hold of it. Fans of I Walked with a Zombie should like this film.
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