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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Curse Of The Voodoo (1965)

Starring Bryant Haliday, Dennis Price, Lisa Daniely, Ronald Leigh-Hunt, Mary Kerridge
Directed by Lindsay Shonteff
(actor & director credits courtesy

A big game hunter kills a lion in the territory of a voodoo-practicing tribe and thereafter is haunted by visions of the tribesmen stalking him.

Actor Haliday, producer Richard Gordon, and director Shonteff reunited for this movie after making Devil Doll the previous year, turning out another intriguing British horror film.  It's not quite as creepy as their previous effort, but is blessed with a terrific music score by composer Brian Fahey, who effectively uses jungle drums to underscore Haliday's voodoo nightmares, along with stirring themes that complement the relentless drumbeats.  A highlight of the film is a dynamically photographed chase sequence on an English heath, in which Haliday is pursued by two spear-toting tribesmen (at least in his own mind).

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