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A demonic being destroys an entire town, save a young boy and his sister. Twenty years later, the sister is an artist with psychic abilities and her brother has grown obsessed with tracking down the demon who took out his town. Together, they fight to destroy the evil being that could kill them both. Written by
I rented this movie because it has Jeffrey Combs, in an all too bizarre role, and did not even think to glance at who the director for this feature was. When I saw the name Kevin Van Hook, I immediately regretted this rent. His film Frost is quite possibly the worst movie ever made. However, while Frost was utterly terrible, Voodoo Moon is just terrible.
Van Hook's comic book background shows in this film which could have benefited from being a mini-series, but who would view a mini-series from an unknown director? My reasoning behind the mini-series idea is that Van Hook has interesting ideas and characters but fails to flesh them out. A perfect example of this is when Mabius seeks refuge at a farmhouse and a handful of new characters are introduced. Van Hook doesn't even give us a vague background on the majority of these new characters as you certainly won't care about them.
Maybe Van Hook should stick to comic books were he can produce issue after issue and give us the characterization that he fails to deliver in this film.
VIOLENCE: $$$ (Nothing too graphic but there are a handful of murders and Mabius uses magic occasionally to subdue his adversaries while he isn't lying in bed gathering his strength... which he does often).
NUDITY: $$ (Your typical no account "actress" bares herself as she is tied down to a cross in a church. This scene has substance but the nudity was not needed to make the scene work).
STORY: $$ (Like I said, Van Hook tries to do too much here, introducing characters with no background, utilizing boring monologues between fight scenes and creating bizarre and downright insipid characters, like Jeffrey Combs' and Dee Wallace's character. Two amazing actors whose talents are wasted).
ACTING: $$ (Quite wooden! I imagine this film will appeal most to folks who adored Charisma Carpenter's Buffy role and fans of Eric Mabius. However, the two leads have no chemistry and are out shined by Rik Young's villainous role. John Amos is adequate as a tough guy biker but much like every character in this film, his role was one-dimensional.
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