VOODOO BLACK EXORCIST (1974)
aka Vudu sangriento
Article 5418 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Manuel Cano
Featuring Aldo Sambrell, Tanyeka Stadler, Alexander Abrahan
What it is: Better than Sominex
A man is executed for adultery during a voodoo ceremony and his body is placed in a sarcophagus. A thousand years later he emerges from the sarcophagus to claim the reincarnation of the woman he loved.
I find it almost perverse that a movie with a title like this one should turn out to be essentially a mummy movie, though this one probably owes more to the original Karloff THE MUMMY than any of the Kharis movies. It’s also one of those movies that just sits like a dead weight on your chest while daring you to find the needed energy to follow the threads of the plot; it feels like it can’t be bothered to pique the viewer’s interest. It’s a bit of shame; it adds a couple of interesting touches to the usual mummy plot such as having the monster be able to make himself look human for certain periods of time. It also has one rarity – a comic relief character that is actually funny; the police inspector’s deadpan observations on the events of the movie actually made me smile and laugh, and he’s about the only interesting character in the movie. Sadly, he’s not enough to compensate for the energy-sucking black hole of the rest of the movie. Not recommended.