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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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Release Date:

February 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Silent Death  »

Filming Locations:

Box Office


$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 »


Matthew Gunn: I haven't been close to a woman for a long time.
Claire Winter: Let's keep it that way, shall we? You stay out of my world and I'll stay out of yours.
Matthew Gunn: That wasn't my idea.
Claire Winter: It was mine.
Matthew Gunn: What is your world?
Claire Winter: Very private, Mr. Gunn. Very exclusive.
Matthew Gunn: And very special too.
Claire Winter: VERY special.
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Referenced in Zombie (1979) See more »

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Not as bad as its reputation suggests.

I first saw this film on T.V. when I was about six years old back in the 1960s. Years later I heard this film was pretty bad. I happened to recently find a badly transfered video copy at my local video. I took it home and watched it. I did not find it as bad as I expected. The parts I liked as a kid I still found effective. Critics slammed Boris Karloff here, but he is smooth and professional. However I don't think anyone would say this was one of his best performances. The best performance in the film is Elisha Cook. The ending sequence is quite creepy and Cook pulls it off well. The rest of the cast just goes through the motions. The script however, leaves a lot to be desired. As far as I know, nothing remotely like Voodoo is practised in Polynesia where this film takes place. I also was annoyed with the mish mash of supernatural and science fiction elements. The giant carnivorous plants are explained as relics from a prehistoric age; hence science fiction. The Voodoo stuff is purely supernatural fantasy. The giant plants are effective. In frightening scene, they swallow a little girl. However they have nothing to do with the plot. They are thrown in just to use up running time and seem almost to have dropped in from some other film. None the less, this film does have a few good shocks.

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