Friday, January 17, 2014

Voodoo Possession (DVD) - Not the Trejo and the Rainbow

I was very excited to see the word "Voodoo" on a cover. I think back to some of my favorite Voodoo related horror movies. maybe I was thinking First Power or The Believers and then I had a thought: Couldn't Voodoo be the new zombie or new vampire or new black? Sure it's no secret that I'm not a devotee of Angel Heart, but there's plenty of Voodoo in Child's Play and Serpent and the Rainbow still gives me nightmares. Hell, Dr. Terror's House of Horrors, the movie from which this site used to draws its namesake had an eerie Voodoo tale. Sure zombies and Voodoo are linked but when  American Horror Story is talking' to the Papa's and it's becoming a major center piece theme throughout the season, maybe it's not far off to release a movie called Voodoo Possession. Unfortunately it's feels like Voodoo in name only and relies heavily on typical genre spook tactics to get the job done (or not get the job done). Throw in standard actor Danny Trejo in a role that doesn't quite feel appropriate though I admire him for taking and you have a recipe for... well... I'm not entirely sure.

Synopsis from Image:

Imagine an insatiable demon that feeds on blood, thrives on pain, and reaches from beyond the grave to torment the living…and the dead. For believers and skeptics alike, there is nothing in this world or the next to rival the relentless evil of a Voodoo Possession.

Burdened since childhood with a gnawing sense of guilt, cynical Aiden Chase journeys to a Haitian insane asylum in search of his missing brother. Upon arriving, he discovers all the inmates and the hospital administrator (Trejo) are seemingly possessed by a bloodthirsty voodoo spirit. Now, Aiden must abandon reality and descend into a terrifying spirit world to try to rescue his brother – or they will both be damned for eternity


I enjoy Danny Trejo. He's a funny guy who looks like a brick shithouse who can stomp all over the bad guys for me every damn time. I'm not going to turn him down as a tag team partner when the fan gets hit by the proverbial shit. As the curator of an asylum, I feel that Trejo under uses his physical presence. That doesn't mean that his facial presence and dialogue aren't good, but the rest of the movie ultimately detracts from anything Trejo can deliver. 

The movie looks like the cover. Bleak and washed out. You're used to this look by now from lesser genre pictures that forget that lighting is more than just going for dark and stormy. It's well shot, but without that special magic (something highly unacceptable when discussing a movie about Voodoo). Gone are the days of the action packed Lou Diamond Philips or Bill Pullman scream outs. Nothing pops or says creepy. It ends up feeling like another excuse to go into a mad house and create a spirit or possessor or demon. 

In retrospect I should have given weight to the other word in the title. Possession. While a resurgence of Voodoo related films was my hope, Voodoo Possession is another possession flick with a trick flick with a few money shots to lure you past the obvious regurgitation. It's not poorly made, but beyond a quick tub of popcorn without a scare and maybe a few yawns I don't recommend Voodoo Possession unless you're a fan of Trejo. I mean a real fan of Trejo and not just the movies that he stars in. He's not bad. 

-Doc Terror

1 comment:

  1. Voodoo and zombies can go hand in hand, like Satanism or Black Magic... problem is, whether it's zombies, possession, or whatever... most of them end up like this one. I'm right there with you, wishing there were movies like First Power or the AMAZING Serpent and the Rainbow... instead we get bad found footage stuff, faux grindhouse crap and, somehow, anthology films.

    Lou Diamond Philips on a reality cooking game show? What's wrong with the world? I think I'll go watch White Zombie and cry myself to sleep.