Review of "Voodoo"
by Jason Minton
Voodoo - 2017
Production by: Hypercube Films
Distribution by: Freestyle Digital Media, Freestyle Releasing
When a girl tries to escape her recent bad relationship by vacationing with a cousin in Los Angeles, she soon finds out that all problems can't be ran away from. This self filmed, documentary style found footage movie, is a mixed bag. There's some seriously creepy scenes in Voodoo. There's also some scenes so poorly executed they're laughable.
Voodoo starts with a intriguing first kill. It doesn't show a whole lot, successfully leaving the brutality to be created by the viewers imagination. The scene then runs too long. Poor acting and low quality fake blood ruins an otherwise excellent opening.
From there we enter a 30 minute lull of basically watching home vacation videos. The dialogue is realistic and boring. I doubt much of it would actually be talked about while someone was filming. The delivery of the dialogue is second rate though I enjoyed the real southern accents. It helped the overall realism that documentary style films go for.
After 30 minutes of nothing, Voodoo delivers a, 'what the hell was that' moment that I could have done without. No I'm not talking about the random appearance of Ron Jeremy. In fact I would've enjoyed a little more random Ron Jeremy in this film. After another 15 minutes of home vacation movies Voodoo succeeds with it's greatest success while simultaneously failing with its greatest failure.
Without giving away too much, all hell breaks loose at this point. I loved the turn the movie takes. It makes the first 45 minutes of dull, worth it. It also shows it's budget with effects so poor they shouldn't have been done. At times it felt more like walking through a haunted house for Halloween than a movie production.
I'd be interested to see what the makers of Voodoo can do with a proper budget. Perhaps even in a remake.
2 out of 5 Headless Critics