Monday, December 6, 2010
VOODOO BLACK EXORCIST (1975)
I've read descriptions of this one calling it a blaxploitation version of THE MUMMY. Well that's only sorta true since the mummy creature himself is from Africa but overall it doesn't have much of a blaxploitation vibe to it plus some of the "black" folks look like white people with a really dark spray-on tan. Filmed in Spain in '73 as BLOODY VOODOO and released here in America in '75, this is a pretty dull version of the Karloff Universal classic with some African rituals thrown in to explain the monster. I guess they hoped people would think this had something to do with THE EXORCIST from the re-titling, which it doesn't at all. It has some very odd opening scenes with a voodoo dance with dead chickens and a very fake-looking decapitation and then for some reason we are in outer space as the titles are presented over shots of astronauts and moon missions and then finally we are on a cruise ship where most of the movie takes place, it's kind of a hodge-podge of images that comes off as a complete mess. This mummy doesn't wear the classic bandages either his face just turns into a sludgey-looking mess when he gets in a murderin' mood. There's one funny scene where he kills a girl in front of a mirror while we clearly see the cameraman there filming the whole thing. There's not much blood as most of the kills are by strangulation and only a little nudity so you could probably find something better to do with your time than wasting it on this and if you want to see a real black exorcist rip-off go watch ABBY.