Voodoo Island (1957)
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as Phillip Knight
as Sarah Adams
as Barney Finch
as Martin Schuyler
as Matthew Gunn
as Claire Winter
as The Ruler
as Howard Carlton
as Dr. Wilding
Critic Reviews for Voodoo Island
Audience Reviews for Voodoo Island
Low budget nonsense with minimal scares but a cheesy feel that has its appeal to fans of 50's cinema.
My first question in watching this old Black & White Movie is what color is Boris Karloff suppose to be, In this movie he looks like he's a few shades darker then a white man and a lot of shades lighter then the native Hawaiians posing as pacific islanders. Anyway its another one of those so called movies where Boris is playing a role other then horror, rare how rare you ask beats me, past 3 films I have seen him in he hasn't played a horror role yet (Dr Wong) . In this one he is a Scientific investigator, checking out this pacific island for a wealthy industrialist who wants to put a Hotel resort on the island, but thing go wrong when plants start drowning people and eating people, the remaining group is captured by natives only to be let go after one person dies while captured. The last we see is Boris and another man who has been scared stiff walking off in the sunset. 2 1/2 stars is about all its worth.
When a professional hoax-buster (Karloff) is hired to investigate a supposedly cursed island where a hotel magnate wants to develop a resort, he and his party find their journey there disrupted by a string of strange occurances. The most unexpected horrors await on the island, however. [center] [img]http://www.geocities.com/nuelow/movvoodooisland.jpg[/img] [i]Clair (Jean Engstrom) learns that skinny dipping on Voodoo Island can be hazardous to your health[/i] [/center] "Voodoo Island" is a film populated by fascinating, well-acted characters. Karloff's devout skeptic Philip Knight; Tyler as Adams, his Girl Friday with the photographic memory and endless suite of skills; Cook Martin Schyler, the greedy plantation owner who knows more than he tells; and Reason as Matthew Gunn, the boatsman with a troubled past. Unfortunately, these fascinating, well-acted characters are in a script that spends too much time getting to the island, gives us too much romantic subplot and not enough monsters once the characters are there, and then ends when we finally get to the sort of stuff we'd be watching the movie for in the first place. The film is at its high point when architect Clair Winters (Engstrom) decides to go skinny-dipping in a particular idyllic looking lake, and gives us the first indication that there really is a grave threat on the island (aside from the natives who have the power to lurk unseen in really thin brush cover)... and this is a pretty weak highpoint. The voodoo build-up of the first half of the movie doesn't seem to go anywhere, and the hoax-busting Philip Knight doesn't really get to bust a hoax, nor does he get his come-uppance through the supernatural. I'm not entirely sure what sort of movie the filmmakers were trying to make, but whatever it was, they failed. It's too bad that a good cast and a collection of interesting characters were wasted in such a crappy script. (By the way, do I need to review a couple of Seduction Cinema's softcore lesbian porn movies to get something out of my system, or was Clair coming onto Adams in the scene on the porch of Schyler's house?) Voodoo Island (aka "Silent Death") Starring: Boris Karloff, Beverly Tyler, Rhodes Reason, Elisha Cook, and Jean Engstrom Director: Richard H. Landau
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