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Macumba Love (1960)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | June 1960 (USA)
A writer who specializes in exposing fake witchcraft journeys to Brazil to investigate a voodoo cult.



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Credited cast:
J. Peter Weils
Venus de Viasa
William Wellman Jr. ...
June Wilkinson ...
Ruth de Souza ...
Mama Rata-loi
Pedro Paulo Hatheyer ...
Insp. Escoberto
Cléa Simões ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ricardo Campos
Victor Merinow
Pedro Santos
Jean Thuyret
Waldemar Wey


J. Peter Wells, an expose writer, arrives on an island off the coast of South America (no country identified), to complete a book on voodoo, ju-ju,macumba, mojo and other cult beliefs, which he believes is responsible for unsolved murders on this island. Wealthy land-owner Venis de Vias warns him against stirring up the natives, especially any efforts to lessen the prestige of the reigning VooDoo Queen Mama Rata-loi. The arrival of Wells' daughter, Sara, and her husband, Warren, on a honeymoon trip, starts the pot to boiling and making the natives restless. Most restless of all is Mama Rata-loi, who asserts her powers and puts a spell on Venus de Viasa. The next thing honeymooner Warren knows is that he is trussed up and about to become the one chosen to die in a voodoo ceremony. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

June 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gier nach Blut  »

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$3,000,000 (USA)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


With the price of your ticket, you were given a "Voodoo Charm" to ward off evil: a packet of sugar (the same sort that restaurants use) with the film logo on it. See more »


Referenced in Drive-in Movie Memories (2001) See more »

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28 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

An interesting memory was jogged at seeing the listing for this film.

I saw this at the drive in when I was 8 and, of course, in my jammies.

I tried to go to sleep in the back seat but was terrified by the voodoo.

44 years later I still remember that damn movie as the bane of my young drive in experience, lol.

My 81 year-old mother still laughs whenever I mention it, although she insists that it was only a "Joe Palooka" doll that was used, and that I actually fell asleep and only woke up at the scary scenes. I seem to recall a different set of facts, but no one else is around to corroborate my story.

I wonder...could she be one of the undead, too?

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