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Ouanga (1936)

Approved | | Horror | 1936 (USA)
In Haiti, a black female plantation owner enacts a voodoo curse, and revives zombies for revenge on a white male neighbor, who has chosen a white woman over her for marriage.

Director:

George Terwilliger

Writer:

George Terwilliger (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Fredi Washington ... Klili Gordon
Philip Brandon Philip Brandon ... Adam Maynard
Marie Paxton Marie Paxton ... Eve Langley
Sheldon Leonard ... LeStrange - Overseer
Winifred Harris ... Aunt Sarah
Sidney Easton Sidney Easton ... Jackson (as Sid Easton)
Babe Joyce Babe Joyce ... Susie
George Spink George Spink ... Johnson
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In Haiti, a black female plantation owner enacts a voodoo curse, and revives zombies for revenge on a white male neighbor, who has chosen a white woman over her for marriage.

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Strange loves of queer people!

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Horror

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Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Drums in the Night See more »

Filming Locations:

Haiti See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Adam Maynard: If I catch you fooling around with that crazy business, I'll ship you back to Harlem on the next boat.
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Remade as The Devil's Daughter (1939) See more »

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Interesting Story but Poor Results
25 July 2018 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Ouanga (1936)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Plantation owner Kiki (Fredi Washington) falls in love with a white man but when that man picks a white woman to be with over her, Kiki decides to use voodoo to bring the dead back to life and go after the man.

If you're familiar with the race pictures from this era then you probably already know that they were made for very little money and more times than not the talent in front of and behind the camera wasn't the greatest. That's pretty much the case with this horror film that, like a lot of the horror race pictures, is more melodrama than anything else.

I must say that I was a little surprised by the storyline. Interracial mixing wasn't a common thread back in the day so for this film to tackle that was pretty brave. Having a black woman lusting for a white man and then putting a curse on him isn't something you'd normally see in 1936. With that said, the film has a cast of actors who are quite light-skinned, which was another common issue for these films.

As You'd expect, the performances ranged from bland to poor and technically speaking there was nothing impressive about the film. The "zombies" in the film are like the ones seen in WHITE ZOMBIE so those expecting the George A. Romero type would need to wait several more decades. The zombie aspect really isn't explored too well and the horror elements are rather light.

If your'e a fan of these race pictures then there's no question that this is worth watching just due to the subject matter. One wishes that a better film would have came from it though.


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