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Irwin Blaché (original story)
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A witch resurrects a murdered Vietnam vet and takes revenge on his killers. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Ronald Tanet ... Ted Watkins
Maureen Ridley ... Damballa
Herbert G. Jahncke ... Sgt. Buck (as Herb Jahncke)
Wayne Mack ... Lt. Harrigan
Butch Benit ... Earl
Susie Sirmen ... High Priestess
Harry Uher ... Max
Barbara Hagerty ... Louise
Lois Tillman ... Voodoo Dancer
Cindy Almario ... Voodoo Dancer
Nattie Dear ... Voodoo Dancer
Vernel Bagneris ... High Priest
Jack Flynn ... Banker
John Simmons ... Other Banker
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gwen Arment ... (uncredited)
Maureen Chan ... (uncredited)
Donn Davison ... Folklore Expert (uncredited)
Curt Dawson ... (uncredited)
Cathryn Lacey ... (uncredited)
Laura Misch Owens ... (uncredited)

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Jack Weis 
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Irwin Blaché (original story) (as Irwin Blache)

Jack Weis (screenplay)

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Jack Weis .... producer
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Irwin Blaché (director of photography) (as Irwin Blache)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Glenn Stewart .... assistant director
Camera and Electrical Department
Don Piel .... camera operator

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"Dark Secrets" - USA (video title)
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71 min
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A sultry naked witch woman, greedy evil-doers, and a touch of homoeroticism, 14 October 2003
Author: hippiedj from Palm Desert, California

CRYPT OF DARK SECRETS may not have any crypts or really dark secrets, but this southern-style 1970s B-grade drive-in fare has a little something for everyone: A story of greed, revenge and destiny...a sultry witch woman that dances in the nude and turns into a snake...greedy evil-doers...and even a touch of homoeroticism.

This is best viewed late at night with a pile of junk food and no high expectations, and delivers just enough passable entertainment to find it worthwhile. It's a simple story of a Vietnam Vet who retires to "Haunted Island" and is murdered by three locals who want his money. A supernatural woman named Damballa ressurrects the man to fulfill his destiny with her, and for her to pass punishment on those who have done wrong.

While many men will want to give it a look to see Maureen Ridley dancing naked, this film at least doesn't base itself around the naked scenes to pass itself off as a legitimate movie just so guys can drool at the bare skin. It offers a silly story with sub par acting and B-grade charm to be enjoyable enough as a guilty pleasure. It also offers a little something for the gals (and some men too *wink-wink*), as Ronald Tanet (the character of Ted the Vietnam vet) has that 1970s masculine gay porn look: Bearded, hairy chest always bare, with hip-snug denims, looking right out of a porn film from the Gage Brothers or P.M. Productions. It's rare to see a "B-grade, second billed drive-in production" that offers a little bit of everything like that, including a score that rises above the low, low budget. I still giggle when I see the local voodoo woman smirking in her heavily powdered hair!

Clocking in at a brief 1 hour 11 minutes, CRYPT OF DARK SECRETS doesn't wear out its welcome and ends after just enough silliness has paraded by. It is currently available on DVD as the second feature along with 1964's THE NAKED WITCH from Something Weird Video. For collectors of the low, low budget obscure drive-in fare, this is a delightful flick to obtain.

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