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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Voodoo Woman (1957)

Starring Marla English, Tom Conway, Touch Connors, Lance Fuller, Mary Ellen Kay
Directed by Edward L. Cahn
(actor & director credits courtesy

A greedy woman in search of a fortune in the African jungle stops at nothing, while a mad scientist schemes to create a powerful monster.

Perhaps most notable for actor Russ Bender's work on the screenplay, he doesn't exactly distinguish himself in this rather preposterous jungle thriller, although it's bizarreness helps it to qualify as a guilty pleasure.  A definite low point in refined actor Conway's career, which has him don a ludicrous native headress in order to collaborate with the voodoo practicing natives, but English gets the most attention as a tough talking murderous femme whose character development doesn't get beyond a line revealing she grew up in the slums of Pittsburgh.  The production would make an interesting double-bill with English's previous feature, The She-Creature, which also featured a female monster.

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