A young girl who lives on a tropical island loses her parents to a voodoo sacrifice, but although she manages to escape the island, a curse is put on her. Years later, as an adult, she ...
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A young girl who lives on a tropical island loses her parents to a voodoo sacrifice, but although she manages to escape the island, a curse is put on her. Years later, as an adult, she feels a strong compulsion to return to the island to confront her past. Her husband, her daughter and her nanny go with her, but once back on the island, the woman finds herself elevated by the locals to the stature of a voodoo goddess, and she begins her inevitable descent into madness, with disastrous results for her family.Written by
Not counting mystery films, this marks the final horror film of Fay Wray's career. Wray has been considered one of horror's first and best "scream queens" and is undoubtedly best remembered for her contributions to the genre. Despite maintaining an active presence in film and television for more than forty-five years after making this film, this was Wray's horror swan song and capped her contributions to the genre rather early in her career. See more »
Mr. Lane, I must talk to you right away.
Dr. Raymond Perez:
Perhaps you will permit me to talk to Mr. Lane first. Since you were so foolish to endanger all our lives by sending that radiogram.
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This is a tense and exciting little film. I was surprised how quickly and effectively the movie manages to ratchet up the tension without wasting time on endless setup, giving us just enough to know the characters and get involved with the situation. There is a very effective and ominous tone struck with the opening frames and nicely developed as the cast heads to an island that is cut off from help. Good performances and cinematography help greatly; for once we have a juvenile who is not annoying and smart leads in Fay Wray and Jack Holt. Dorothy Burgess does a good job with a complicated part. This plays like a forerunner to Val Lewton's classic I Walked with a Zombie, though there are no zombies present here. Worth catching the beautiful print on TCM.
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