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VOODOO (2017): Review – Doggystyle’n With A Demon

I have to admit this is one of the more unique found footage films I have seen. But don’t let that fool you, there are some major issues with the film, outside of the whole tired found footage genre.

Voodoo  tells the tale of Dani, a southern girl going to the big city of Los Angeles for the first time. We are almost bored to death watching Dani meet up with some friends, commence in some small talk, we get a tour of Los Angeles (thanks for that) but in this 40 odd minutes of boredom, the character at least slips in that she left her hometown because she found out her boyfriend was actually married… wait for it… and that his wife was into some voodoo stuff. Okay now that that’s out writer/director Tom Costabile can do whatever he wants with demons, gore, babies, and other supernatural entities, because the character just has to drop the word voodoo and anything can happen. Wrong — this notion fails and fails badly, as the whole end of the film falls apart, rather brutally. I was shaking my head trying to wrap it around the laughable madness that was unfolding to Dani. She is like transported to hell, with creatures, and demons, yet all of them just bump into her, like she was walking around Knott’s Scary Farm, nothing ever hurt her, nothing ever physically threatens her. Things just get in her face and growl, and them run the other way, seriously, it was like watching someone record themselves in a very bad haunted house. They even had body parts hanging in the film ordered directly off DaperCadaver.com (awesome site by the way).

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Voodoo Movie Review

There is this one room in this hellish maze that has pregnant women giving birth to babies, like someone or something is impregnating women for some reason. I wasn’t wrong at the end of the film Dani’s clothes are ripped off, she’s bent over a table, and a muscular demon (can we say cliche’) takes her doggy-style (while wearing some WWE-type shorts on at that), rubber fingers bending and bouncing and all.

I have to give credit to Costabile for trying to do something visually different with the found footage sub-genre, however, it just became a big mess in my opinion. Nothing was explained or resolved at the conclusion of the film and they never explained why a demon, or the human’s for that matter, would be recording any of this continuously and at times the camera was recording in suspect angles and at unrealistic times.

 

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Chad Armstrong

President/Co-Owner at LC Films
Chad Armstrong is a writer/producer/director who was born and raised in Long Beach CA. In 2009 he relocated to Alabama where he founded LeglessCorpse, a site dedicated to independent horror films, and soon after created the indie horror distribution company LeglessCorpse Films (currently known as LC Films). Not only is he co-owner of LeglessCorpse.com and LC Films he is also President of the newly formed Back Aisle Video label. Chad's most recent feature film is Deimosimine, and currently in development on the feature film Blood Dancers 2: Full Moon.

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