The Disembodied (1957)

Article #75 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 5-30-2001
Posting date: 10-13-2001

A woman is married to a doctor who lives deep in the jungle; she hates living there away from people, and tries to join a group of men who arrive with an injured companion to so she can go away with them. In the process, she uses her feminine wiles and voodoo.

This is a very drab, dull voodoo movie, enlivened only by the presence of Alison (50-foot Woman) Hayes as the wife. She’s well-cast as a bad-tempered femme fatale, who is fully confident she can get any man she wants, but then uses her voodoo powers to destroy them. Unfortunately, the script is quite muddled and the character motivations are vague; we know what the wife wants, but for the life of me I can’t figure out why she goes about getting what she wants in such unnecessarily complicated ways. The rather bad print I watched of this movie certainly didn’t help, either.

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