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Voodoo Island (1957)

Approved | | Horror | February 1957 (USA)
A wealthy industrialist hires the renowned hoax-buster Phillip Knight to prove that an island he plans to develop isn't voodoo cursed. However, arriving on the island, Knight soon realizes ... See full summary »


Reginald Le Borg (as Reginald LeBorg)


Richard H. Landau (as Richard Landau)

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Complete credited cast:
Boris Karloff ... Phillip Knight
Beverly Tyler ... Sarah Adams
Murvyn Vye ... Barney Finch
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Martin Schuyler (as Elisha Cook)
Rhodes Reason ... Matthew Gunn
Jean Engstrom Jean Engstrom ... Claire Winter
Friedrich von Ledebur ... Native Chief (as Frederich Ledebur)
Glenn Dixon Glenn Dixon ... Mitchell
Owen Cunningham Owen Cunningham ... Howard Carlton
Herbert Patterson Herbert Patterson ... Dr. Wilding
Jerry Frank Jerry Frank ... Vickers


A wealthy industrialist hires the renowned hoax-buster Phillip Knight to prove that an island he plans to develop isn't voodoo cursed. However, arriving on the island, Knight soon realizes that voodoo does exist when he discovers man-eating plants and a tribe of natives with bizarre powers. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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A SPINE-CHILLING HORROR HIT!!!! (original print ad - all caps) See more »




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Release Date:

February 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Silent Death See more »

Filming Locations:

Kaua'i, Hawaii, USA


Box Office


$150,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although set in the South Pacific, the film was actually filmed on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. See more »


The island is supposedly uninhabited, but when rushing to investigate Claire's scream the characters run down a dirt road with recognizable vehicle tyre tracks on it. In the next scene they follow an obviously human made path to the side of a lake. See more »


Matthew Gunn: I haven't been close to a woman for a long time.
Claire Winter: Let's keep it that way, shall we? You stay out of my world and I'll stay out of yours.
Matthew Gunn: That wasn't my idea.
Claire Winter: It was mine.
Matthew Gunn: What is your world?
Claire Winter: Very private, Mr. Gunn. Very exclusive.
Matthew Gunn: And very special too.
Claire Winter: VERY special.
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Cuckoo Island
29 June 2009 | by carolynpaetowSee all my reviews

This odd little film is--oddly enough--good because it is so badly done. For starters, it concerns some sort of South Seas witchcraft instead of voodoo. And many viewers probably feel bewitched while trying to figure out all the confusing plot devices and glaring gaps in the storyline. One can easily get the impression that minimal direction has allowed the players to conjure their own magic in regard to their individual roles. Some ring as hollow as a dried-out gourd, like those of Boris Karloff and Elisha Cook, Jr., actors who certainly knew how to move the spirit in melodramas. Rhodes Reason, on the other hand, puts yeoman effort into his boat-captain portrayal, struggling at times to make schmaltzy lines sound serious. Beverly Tyler, as Karloff's all-business assistant, lays it on thick as a prissy prig, high-mindedly brushing off the attentions of Reason and Jean Engstrom, who, as elegant decorator Miss Winters, delivers a subtle but nonetheless obvious portrayal of a lesbian. In such a lightweight, run-of-the-mill script, Engstrom's character probably could have emerged as merely a sophisticate trying to glamorize Tyler's dowdy Sarah Adams and rebuff Reason's rough-hewn Matthew Gunn. But Engstrom intricately weaves a fascinating, on-the-QT characterization that steals every scene she is in. Both women have to contend with predatory phallic-looking plants as well as the macho ministrations of Reason. And there are threats posed by hexing island natives and their oddly Anglo chief. All in all, a fun flick to be marooned in for an hour or so!

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