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Voodoo Island (1957)

Approved | | Horror | February 1957 (USA)
A wealthy industrialist hires the renowned hoax-buster Phillip Knight to prove that an island he plans to develop isn't voodoo cursed. However, arriving on the island, Knight soon realizes ... See full summary »

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Reginald Le Borg (as Reginald LeBorg)

Writer:

Richard H. Landau (as Richard Landau)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Boris Karloff ... Phillip Knight
Beverly Tyler ... Sarah Adams
Murvyn Vye ... Barney Finch
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Martin Schuyler (as Elisha Cook)
Rhodes Reason ... Matthew Gunn
Jean Engstrom Jean Engstrom ... Claire Winter
Friedrich von Ledebur ... Native Chief (as Frederich Ledebur)
Glenn Dixon Glenn Dixon ... Mitchell
Owen Cunningham Owen Cunningham ... Howard Carlton
Herbert Patterson Herbert Patterson ... Dr. Wilding
Jerry Frank Jerry Frank ... Vickers
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Storyline

A wealthy industrialist hires the renowned hoax-buster Phillip Knight to prove that an island he plans to develop isn't voodoo cursed. However, arriving on the island, Knight soon realizes that voodoo does exist when he discovers man-eating plants and a tribe of natives with bizarre powers. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Silent Death See more »

Filming Locations:

Kaua'i, Hawaii, USA

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Budget:

$150,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Voodoo Island was released theatrically by United Artists on a double bill with Pharaoh's Curse in 1957. The film was later re-titled Silent Death for a very brief 1963 theatrical re-release, sharing the bill with The Black Sleep (1956) (which is also known as Dr. Cadman's Secret). See more »

Goofs

Highly unlikely that a bridge in the middle of a jungle on a island would be made with chains and steel cable. See more »

Quotes

Claire Winter: I'd give a lot just for a shower and some clean clothes. And a double martini!
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Not as bad as its reputation suggests.
14 April 2001 | by youroldpaljimSee all my reviews

I first saw this film on T.V. when I was about six years old back in the 1960s. Years later I heard this film was pretty bad. I happened to recently find a badly transfered video copy at my local video. I took it home and watched it. I did not find it as bad as I expected. The parts I liked as a kid I still found effective. Critics slammed Boris Karloff here, but he is smooth and professional. However I don't think anyone would say this was one of his best performances. The best performance in the film is Elisha Cook. The ending sequence is quite creepy and Cook pulls it off well. The rest of the cast just goes through the motions. The script however, leaves a lot to be desired. As far as I know, nothing remotely like Voodoo is practised in Polynesia where this film takes place. I also was annoyed with the mish mash of supernatural and science fiction elements. The giant carnivorous plants are explained as relics from a prehistoric age; hence science fiction. The Voodoo stuff is purely supernatural fantasy. The giant plants are effective. In frightening scene, they swallow a little girl. However they have nothing to do with the plot. They are thrown in just to use up running time and seem almost to have dropped in from some other film. None the less, this film does have a few good shocks.


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