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Black Moon (1934)

Approved | | Drama , Horror | 15 June 1934 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Roy William Neill

Writers:

Clements Ripley (from the Cosmopolitian Magazine story), Wells Root (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jack Holt ... Stephen Lane
Fay Wray ... Gail Hamilton
Dorothy Burgess ... Juanita Perez Lane
Cora Sue Collins ... Nancy Lane
Arnold Korff ... Dr. Raymond Perez
Clarence Muse ... 'Lunch' McClaren
Eleanor Wesselhoeft Eleanor Wesselhoeft ... Anna
Madame Sul-Te-Wan Madame Sul-Te-Wan ... Ruva
Laurence Criner Laurence Criner ... Kala
Lumsden Hare ... John Macklin
Henry Kolker ... The Psychiatrist
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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 frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Drama | Horror

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Oi daimones tou Adou See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This was one of the final horror films to be released before the Hays Code was strictly enforced. The film was released on June 15, 1934 and the strict enforcement of the Hays Code began little more than two weeks later, on July 1, 1934; the change forced films released after that date to obtain a certificate of approval. If this film had been released just a bit later, many elements would have had to have been amended. See more »

Quotes

Juanita Perez Lane: Orders! Who is he to give me orders?
John Macklin: He's only the man who saved you from a living death. Those natives never thanked him for sending you away from the island and they've never forgotten it.
Juanita Perez Lane: Neither have I.
John Macklin: How can you say that? You've a fine husband and a beautiful child. She looks just as you did - before that black woman Ruva got hold of you and filled you with the sound of the drums and the sight of blood. Poisoned you with the voodoo!
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Interesting early voodoo horror
2 August 2009 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

I'm not sure, but Black Moon may be the first horror film to be set in the West Indies and focus on voodoo. Of course, it would be the Val Lewton/Jacques Tourneur film I Walked With a Zombie that would go on to become the best known early example; but Black Moon is still a worthy effort. The plot focuses on a woman born in the West Indies. She left at the age of two when her parents were sacrificed in a voodoo ritual, but apparently she is under some curse and decides to return to the island. She takes along her husband, nanny, daughter and his secretary and upon returning to the island, is elevated to the level of a God by the locals; which leads to danger for her family. The film was obviously made on a low budget as it all looks very cheap throughout. This improves once the film reaches the West Indies as the location shoots take some of the focus off the cheap looking sets seen earlier on in the film. The film is very slow burning and takes a while to get going, but once it does it's constantly interesting. Director Roy William Neill (who would of course go on to become best known for his Sherlock Holmes films) does well at implementing the atmosphere needed to ensure that the film is successful. It has to be said that there isn't a great deal of tension in the early parts of the film; but this is made up for by the ending which is strong. Overall, I wouldn't quite say that this film is a classic; but it will certainly be of interest for fans of thirties horror.


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