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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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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
They just don't make 'em like this anymore, 29 March 2010
Author: lazarillo from Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile

This is the "b-side" of a disc with Larry Buchanon's "The Naked Witch". And it very much resembles the more well-known film. After three swamp rats murder and rob a Vietnam vet in a Lousiana bayou, he is found and revived as a zombie for some reason by a strange witch name "Dambala", and he proceeds to take undead revenge on his murderers.

This is the kind of regional, low-budget film-making that they really don't do anymore. (There are, of course, the modern-day, internet-savvy fan-boys with digital cameras who might pull off something like "The Blair Witch Project" once in awhile , but that's really a different thing). Texas-based Larry Buchanon was one of the first of these filmmakers, but these guys had their real heyday in the 1970's when they took advantage of things like the bigfoot craze (i.e."The Legend of Boggy Creek") and the explosion of "sexploitation" films. The director of this, Jack Weiss, was obviously more interested in the sex films then PG-rated bigfoot "docu-dramas" (although the two things weren't necessarily mutually exclusive--there were actually some "bigfoot sex" films in the 70's). His most famous film was "Mardi Gras Massacre", a much more graphic film both in terms of sex and blood, but this movie (believe it or not) has more of a plot and is more enjoyable simply because it is not so tediously repetitive. The down-home characters are pretty endearing too (despite the generally inept acting).

This is better than "Mardi Gras Massacre", but inferior to its co-feature "Naked Witch". Since this was a 70's film though, the witch "Dambala" is certainly a lot more NAKED than the one in the earlier Buchanon film. Maureen Ridley, who plays "Dambala", has an incredible body and was obviously some kind of professional dancer--it's actually not hard to believe her nude dancing could raise the dead (and a lot of other things). I would recommend this if you enjoy low-budget regional film-making, especially as two-for-one feature with "The Naked Witch"

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