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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 
Writing credits
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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"Drink the Juice of the Flower of Forgetfulness!", 10 January 2010
Author: ofumalow from United States

The first thing to be said is that this silly but offbeat supernatural meller is unusually well shot for a genre cheapie of the era, and that SW's DVD print transfer is a knockout--the colors just pop, and some of the photography of the swamp is very beautiful. (The interior shots have an ordinary low-budget cheesiness. The film set in swamp country near New Orleans, and an on-screen credit says it was shot there too.)

The next is that this is a rare sympathetic genre portrait of a Vietnam vet at a point when they were often portrayed as violent psychos in drive-in flicks.

Another is that this movie has a lot of "exotic" interpretive dancing, always a good thing-- better still when it's naked. (And admittedly the woman who plays the snake-changeling sorceress i"Dambella" is gorgeous, with or without clothes--though her speaking voice is some weird mid-Atlantic affectation, like certain second-rung actresses of the 1930s who wanted to sound "sophisticated" aka quasi-British.)

I like how once our hero has "passed over," afterlife is no different from the "before;" the old voodoo priestess' purple-grey hair; Dambella's costumes straight out of Victoria's Secret; the villain-team wife who looks like she'd have recorded for Olivia Records in 1976; and the incongruity of some home decor much more tastefully fussed-over than these deep- backwoods characters would ever have in their homes. That said, the movie is more an enjoyable regional oddity than something that actually sustains suspense or atmosphere. Unless you consider scary so much photography of slithering water snakes--kudos to the (admittedly pretty amateurish) actors for swimming in various scenes, when there were presumably snakes (and maybe alligators) about. Ick!

Ultimately the plot doesn't make much sense--I have no idea what the final sacrifice/ritual/apparent resurrection means--but this is still enjoyable vintage nonsense. By the way, there's no "crypt" anywhere in sight.

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