Voodoo Man (1944)

August 11, 2011

 

Starring Bela Lugosi as Dr. Richard Marlowe is up to his old tricks again with trying to bring back the dead this time through voodoo, hypnotism, séances, and some weird electronics. The Monogram film (#9765) directed by William Beaudine costars George Zucco, Louise Curry, Tod Andrews, and John Carradine all participants in the ritual. Young beautiful women are caught by his henchmen Nicholas and Toby (Zucco and Carradine) and some of their life is drained away from them using the voodoo and séance. Finally after Stella (Curry) walks away in a trance and is found by the sheriff. Nicholas uses his voodoo to get her back and Ralph (Tod Andrews) puts two and two together and figures out what Marlowe is up to. The final séance is broken up, Marlowe is shot, and the spell is broken and of course they live happily ever after. With his death he is reunited with his wife Evelyn (Ellen Hall) who also died when the spell was broken. There is a chapter in Tom Weaver’s book “Poverty Row Horrors” which gives a complete breakdown of the making of the film. While Tom really didn’t think too much of it I felt it was one of the stronger of the nine films Lugosi did for Monogram. I do agree with him that Carradine and Zucco were completely wasted but Lugosi more than made up for it. This low budget film was done in a week with the biggest expense being the rental of the fancy cars. It is available for free viewing on the internet with average sound and video quality. http://www.imdb.com/video/hulu/vi148675609/

(**1/2) for Lugosi.

 

 

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