Thursday, February 23, 2017

Voodoo Woman (1957)

For no reason other than that I can't think of anything else to post right now, it's 'Random Movie Trailer' time.  This time around we have 1957's Voodoo Woman, a truly dreadful b-picture I last saw one Saturday more than twenty years ago in the post Match of the Day slot.  Poverty-stricken would be the most polite way of describing its production values: even the monster is recycled from She Creature.  More than mildly racist, the 'plot' involves Tom Conway (in the latter stages of his drink-fueled slide to the bottom) wearing bizarre headresses and ranting about combining 'the white man's science with the black man's voodoo' in order to create a new race of beings completely under his control.  Naturally, nothing good comes of this.

Awful on every level, the best that can be said of Voodoo Woman is that it only runs seventy five minutes.  Incredibly, it was remade by self-proclaimed 'King of Schlock' Larry Buchanan less than ten years later, under the title Curse of the Swamp Creature, with an even lower budget, as part of a package of such films for AIP-TV.  (Even more incredibly, Buchanan tried to claim that his film was an original, not a remake, but the similarities are obvious).  If nothing else, Voodoo Woman is evidence of director Edward L Cahn's consistency:  it is easily as dreadful as his many other science fiction and horror films of the era, such as Invasion of the Saucer Men, Creature with the Atom Brain and Zombies of Mora Tau.



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