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Friday, July 23, 2010

Voodoo Man (1944)

This fun Forties thriller is the stuff that belongs on midnight horror TV shows.  Bela Lugosi turns in a fine performance as Dr. Richard Marlowe who is trying to bring his zombie wife back to life by transferring the life force of another woman into her body.  These are not Romero's flesh munching zombies but catatonic women in Grecian costumes.  [Just go with it!]  Veteran character actor John Carradine turns in a quirky performance as Toby, Dr. Marlowe's manservant.  He's such a delight to watch on screen as he takes a minor role and brings it center stage.  Good stuff.
The rest of the cast is solid as well.  The only complaint I have about the film are the voodoo sequences where the high priest does his evil chants in order to work his magic.    These sections are terribly hokey as the priest utters a series of nonsensical syllables that sound like he's making them up off the top of his head.  A dialect coach is desperately needed in this film that could have made these scenes in the film much more powerful.  It is for this reason only that I had to give it a Good rating instead of a Very Good Rating.
Voodoo Man is available as a download on Archive.org and the print and sound are decent although not stellar.  Don't miss this fun little film.
RATING: Good.
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For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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