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Voodoo Island (1957)

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A wealthy industrialist hires the renowned hoax-buster Phillip Knight to prove that an island he plans to develop isn't voodoo cursed. However, arriving on the island, Knight soon realizes ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Beverly Tyler ...
Sarah Adams
Murvyn Vye ...
Barney Finch
Martin Schuyler (as Elisha Cook)
Rhodes Reason ...
Matthew Gunn
Jean Engstrom ...
Claire Winter
Friedrich von Ledebur ...
Native Chief (as Frederich Ledebur)
Glenn Dixon ...
Owen Cunningham ...
Howard Carlton
Herbert Patterson ...
Dr. Wilding
Jerry Frank ...


A wealthy industrialist hires the renowned hoax-buster Phillip Knight to prove that an island he plans to develop isn't voodoo cursed. However, arriving on the island, Knight soon realizes that voodoo does exist when he discovers man-eating plants and a tribe of natives with bizarre powers. Written by Jeremy Lunt <>

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A SPINE-CHILLING HORROR HIT!!!! (original print ad - all caps) See more »








Release Date:

February 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Silent Death  »

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$150,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Film debut of Adam West. See more »


Claire Winter: Give me a cigarette, will you, Gunn?
Matthew Gunn: Sure.
Claire Winter: Now drop dead.
Matthew Gunn: Any time you say. You make it sound exciting.
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Referenced in Zombie (1979) See more »

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This Voo Doo is Deep Doo Doo
18 June 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This one must have been done for the nice Hawaiian vacation the cast got on Kauai. There couldn't be any other possible reason.

After one man comes back from an expedition to a Pacific island in a cataleptic state, a whole expedition is sent to prove there ain't no voodoo being practiced on that island where some developer wants to put up a big resort.

Boris Karloff heads our intrepid expedition that consists of Rex Reason, Beverly Tyler, Jean Engstrom, Murvyn Vye and Elisha Cook, Jr. Our men and women encounter zombies, carnivorous plants, and voodoo practicing natives. All of which is supposed to scare the audience.

Since it was Hawaii, the least they could have done was spring for color. The special effects were riotously funny.

The film was selected for the gay cinema salute of TCM this month and I will say that the lascivious looks that Jean Engstrom gives Beverly Tyler plus the way she put down Rex Reason when he tried to make a pass at her was pretty good. I agree with the TCM guest programmer who said that the juveniles who saw this in the drive-ins in 1957 got their first exposure to lesbianism.

But it sure could have been in a better film. Voodoo Island has the distinct aroma of tax write-off.

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