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Voodoo Island (1957)

 -  Horror  -  February 1957 (USA)
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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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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 <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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They Came Seeking Paradise ... but Found a Garden of EVIL! See more »

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February 1957 (USA)  »

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Silent Death  »

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$150,000 (estimated)
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Film debut of Adam West. See more »

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Howard Carlton: Knight, I'm a God-fearing man. Something happened here... to him. I don't want to think why.
Phillip Knight: Are you trying to tell me that he's under the spell of some ouanga? A hex?
Howard Carlton: All right. Go there. Find out. I'd welcome it.
Phillip Knight: When I take hold of something, I don't let go.
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Voodoo Island (1957) **
8 July 2005 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

Given the fair warning so generously given me by others, I was prepared for the very worst but surprise, surprise...it wasn't all that bad, after all.

I can't say it was very compelling, true, but it wasn't "dreadfully boring" either, as it's been called. There were some cringe-inducing moments to be sure, particularly when Elisha Cook 'freaked out' towards the end - and I'm still not sure what function the older of the two ladies was supposed to be occupying within the group, but I did find the lesbian undertones (with good reason since I did find Karloff's secretary rather attractive myself) surprising for a schlocky B-movie of its era! So, no great shakes definitely but an adequate time-waster nonetheless...though the voodoo promised by the title had nothing to do with the man-eating plants we eventually ended up with!

Maybe when I get more acquainted with Karloff's other programmers, my opinion of this film will take a nose-dive but so far, it was a watchable diversion and nothing more; besides it was nice to see Karloff in a straight, i.e. non-menacing, role - though it was somewhat uncomfortable to watch him stumble about on many occasions (due to his illness and old age).


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