The inhabitants of a small, remote island have been practicing voodoo rites and worshipping an evil priest named Damballah for years, but the local law officials generally turn a blind eye to this death cult's bizarre activities. Captain Labesch arrives from the mainland, determined to crack down on the island's lawlessness and clean up the ineffectual, hard-drinking police force. He appeals for assistance from wealthy plantation tycoon Carl Van Molder, who owns nearly half of the island and wields a great deal of influence over the population. Van Molder has made the study of parapsychology his life's work and believes in the secret powers of the mind. He warns Labesch not to interfere with this forgotten island's ancient ways. Also visiting is Van Molder's niece, Annabella, a temperance crusader who wants her uncle to help fund the International Anti-Saloon League. She falls in love with handsome police lieutenant Andrew Wilhelm, despite his fondness for rum. Meanwhile, beautiful ...
Did You Know?
This and the three other films in the same package were originally supposed to be shot in Mexico City, but since Boris Karloff
was suffering from pneumonia and had only one lung (the other had developed cancer and been removed), his doctors told him not to travel to Mexico City because of the thin air at its high altitude. So Karloff's scenes were shot in Hollywood instead. See more
Modern science has shown that alcohol is responsible for ninety-nine point two percent of all the world's sins.
In the closing credits, Boris Karloff
is billed twice, once as Damballa and then as Carl van Molder. See more
For the DVD version entitled Cult of the Dead, the 2nd scene in the film, that of zombie revival, is abridged. See more