Voodoo Man

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Though no more expensive or ambitious than any of his earlier Sam Katzman-produced vehicles, Bela Lugosi's Voodoo Man is perhaps the best of the batch, if only because of its quirky supporting cast and casually offbeat dialogue. Lugosi plays Dr. Marlowe, a practioner of voodoo who kidnaps nubile young ladies and places them in a state of suspended animation. He hopes that this practice will somehow restore his zombiefied wife (Ellen Hall) to her normal self. But when he abducts Betty (Wanda McKay), the girlfriend of screenwriter Ralph (Michael Ames), Marlowe's little scheme begins to unravel. Aiding and abetting Marlowe in collecting unwary females is gas-station attendant Nicrolas (George Zucco), while the doctor's retarded handyman Job (John Carradine, who has the film's best and most amusing scenes) dutifully looks after the quick-frozen cuties. When it's all over, Ralph enthusiastically suggests to his studio boss S. K. (not the real Sam Katzman, but reasonable facsimile John Ince) that the story of Marlowe and his voodoo-practicing cohorts would make a great film vehicle for Bela Lugosi! Best line: Lugosi calmly explaining that his wife seems so pale because "she has been dead for twenty-two years now."


Bela Lugosi
as Dr. Richard Marlowe
George Zucco
as Nicholas
Michael Ames
as Ralph Dawson
Wanda McKay
as Betty Benton
Ellen Hall
as Mrs. Evelyn Marlowe
Louise Currie
as Sally Saunders
Henry Hall
as Sheriff
Dan White
as Deputy
Pat McKee
as Grego
Mici Gota
as Housekeeper
Mary Currier
as Mrs. Benton
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Audience Reviews for Voodoo Man

  • May 14, 2018
    Lugosi again, in one of his later efforts, squeezing every last drop out of his "hypnotizing eyes" routine. Nubile young women are disappearing around town and no one seems to know why. Could it be the new doctor nobody knows at the edge of town? Most of the action here involves the "voodoo" ceremony itself, with lots of bugged eyes and chanting going on. I imagine the cast had a good laugh at all the antics. I hope they did. Released in 1944.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 06, 2010
    This story has been done before in other movies starring Lugosi anyway, so there's really no reason to watch this one too. It's not bad, just boring.
    Aj V Super Reviewer

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