Voodoo Woman (1957)

77 mins | Horror | 15 March 1957

Director:

Edward L. Cahn

Producer:

Alex Gordon

Cinematographer:

Frederick E. West

Editor:

Ronald Sinclair

Production Designer:

Don Ament

Production Company:

Carmel Productions
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HISTORY

At the conclusion of the film, immediately after the words "The End," a large question mark appears and is inserted between the two words. HR production charts include Frank Lackteen and Betty Neisler to the cast, but their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. Although the HR review noted that the ending suggested "There will probably be a sequel, The Voodoo Woman Returns ," no sequel was ... More Less

At the conclusion of the film, immediately after the words "The End," a large question mark appears and is inserted between the two words. HR production charts include Frank Lackteen and Betty Neisler to the cast, but their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. Although the HR review noted that the ending suggested "There will probably be a sequel, The Voodoo Woman Returns ," no sequel was made. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
2 Mar 1957.
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Daily Variety
19 Feb 1957
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Nov 1956
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Nov 1956
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Feb 1957
p. 3.
Los Angeles Examiner
17 May 1957.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
16 Mar 1957
p. 299.
San Francisco Chronicle
14 Feb 1957.
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Variety
6 Mar 1957
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
WRITERS
Story and scr
Story and scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Ward
MUSIC
Mus comp and cond
MAKEUP
Makeup
Special makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Scr supv
SOURCES
SONGS
"Black Voodoo," music by Darrell Calker, lyrics by John Blackburn.
DETAILS
Release Date:
15 March 1957
Premiere Information:
San Francisco opening: 14 February 1957
Production Date:
began mid November 1956
Copyright Claimant:
Carmel Productions
Copyright Date:
24 December 1956
Copyright Number:
LP7860
Physical Properties:
Black and White
Widescreen/ratio
1.85:1
Duration(in mins):
77
Length(in feet):
6,926
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
18482
SYNOPSIS

In the jungle, American scientist Dr. Roland Gerard observes a voodoo ceremony in which witch doctor Chaka uses a voodoo doll to put the young native girl Zaranda into a trance. Gerard then injects Zaranda with a serum that transforms her into a monster, assuring Chaka that their magic will work together. Disregarding Chaka’s warnings, Gerard takes Zaranda, now human again to his laboratory. Gerard’s wife Susan, who is confined to their house, is frightened of her husband and tries to leave, but the native guard, Gandor, stops her. Meanwhile, in Marcel’s Bar, American Marilyn Blanchard and her boyfriend, Rick Brady, discuss drawings of voodoo symbols. They then talk with Harry West to discuss Harry’s forthcoming trip up river with Rick. Harry does not want Marilyn along and warns Rick to be careful as she killed her former boyfriend. Marilyn and Rick later search Harry’s room while Marcel has arranged for him to be distracted at the bar. When Harry interrupts them, Marilyn kills him, then continues searching. Soon Ted Bronson, a guide Harry had hired but never met, comes to the bar looking for him. Marilyn identifies herself as Harry’s boss and tells him that she will be accompanying them into voodoo country. Ted is suspicious and warns of the dangers, but agrees to be their guide. Soon Marilyn, Ted and Rick, who is posing as Harry, travel through the jungle looking for the symbols he and Marilyn found on sketches and on a voodoo doll in Harry’s room. Meanwhile, at Gerard’s house, when Susan hears a woman’s screams emanating from his laboratory, she sneaks down ... +


In the jungle, American scientist Dr. Roland Gerard observes a voodoo ceremony in which witch doctor Chaka uses a voodoo doll to put the young native girl Zaranda into a trance. Gerard then injects Zaranda with a serum that transforms her into a monster, assuring Chaka that their magic will work together. Disregarding Chaka’s warnings, Gerard takes Zaranda, now human again to his laboratory. Gerard’s wife Susan, who is confined to their house, is frightened of her husband and tries to leave, but the native guard, Gandor, stops her. Meanwhile, in Marcel’s Bar, American Marilyn Blanchard and her boyfriend, Rick Brady, discuss drawings of voodoo symbols. They then talk with Harry West to discuss Harry’s forthcoming trip up river with Rick. Harry does not want Marilyn along and warns Rick to be careful as she killed her former boyfriend. Marilyn and Rick later search Harry’s room while Marcel has arranged for him to be distracted at the bar. When Harry interrupts them, Marilyn kills him, then continues searching. Soon Ted Bronson, a guide Harry had hired but never met, comes to the bar looking for him. Marilyn identifies herself as Harry’s boss and tells him that she will be accompanying them into voodoo country. Ted is suspicious and warns of the dangers, but agrees to be their guide. Soon Marilyn, Ted and Rick, who is posing as Harry, travel through the jungle looking for the symbols he and Marilyn found on sketches and on a voodoo doll in Harry’s room. Meanwhile, at Gerard’s house, when Susan hears a woman’s screams emanating from his laboratory, she sneaks down to investigate. Gerard orders her to leave, then later confronts her, saying their marriage has been a mistake and that he is creating a “new being” he plans to take back to America. When she pleads to be allowed to leave, he threatens to kill her. Returning to the lab, Gerard injects Zaranda with the serum to return her to her monstrous form. Using telepathy, Gerard orders her to destroy a nearby village and kill everyone. Although she destroys a hut, she cannot kill and is transformed back into her human self. The next day, Chaka tells Gerard his people are angry that he tried to make Zaranda kill, then adds that they are worried about some white men in the area. When Gerard offers to have Zaranda kill them, Chaka says that will not happen because Zaranda does not have the nature to be a killer. Later, Gerard forces Susan to watch Zaranda’s transformation into the monster. Susan screams in horror and calls Gerard crazy, causing him to become enraged and slap her. She then flees to her room and blocks the door. At the encampment, Marilyn reveals to Ted that some tribes use gold for voodoo, then she kisses him and offers to split the treasure. He rejects her advances and warns that he will only take her as far as Banteleya. When Ted’s back is turned, she grabs his gun and orders him to come with her and Rick. Back at Gerard’s, Bobo, a kind servant, gives Susan a rifle and tells her about the white people who are nearby. She wants to go to them, but he suggests carrying a note from her to them. As soon as he leaves, Gandor, who has overheard their conversation, kills Bobo by throwing a spear into his back. At the encampment, Marilyn tells Rick to search the trail for native symbols that match those on the sketches. While Rick is searching, Gerard takes Zaranda into the jungle and telepathically orders her to kill the sleeping Ted and Marilyn, but as soon as she sees them, she reverts to her human form. Realizing that he cannot change Zaranda’s nature, Gerard tells her to return to her village. Moments later, Rick sees Zaranda and kills her, then takes the voodoo doll she is carrying back to Marilyn, who recognizes its markings. Next morning, as Chaka and Gerard stand over Zaranda’s lifeless body, Chaka tells Gerard that his people know the white man murdered her and want revenge, but Gerard tells him that the white man must kill the one responsible. When they find Rick, Ted and Marilyn, Gerard tells them that one of them must kill the murderer. Marilyn then coldly shoots Rick. With the natives now placated, Marilyn, who recognizes symbols on Chaka’s clothing, asks Gerard if she and Ted may stay at his home. Once there, Gerard tells her and Ted that his wife is mentally ill, then takes Marilyn to his laboratory where he convinces her that he can help her get gold from the natives by convincing them to make her a priestess. Later, Ted is awakened when Susan leaves her room. He is initially skeptical of her claims about Gerard’s laboratory, but later, when he sees it for himself, he knows she is telling the truth. He then tells Susan that he is going to Banteleya for help and wants her to stay safe until he returns. Gandor quickly captures Ted then brings him back. Meanwhile, at a voodoo ceremony, Marilyn thinks she is being made a priestess but is turned into a monster. At the end of the ceremony, Gerard telepathically tells her to return the next night, then she changes back to her normal self. The next night, Ted informs Susan that he will again attempt to escape so that Gandor will follow him, thus enabling her to get away. They arrange to meet on the trail to Banteleya. When she expresses concern for his life, Ted says that he is certain that Gerard wants him alive for that night’s ceremony. Later, Gerard injects Marilyn with the serum and she becomes a monster. Susan sees this and screams that Gerard is insane, then faints. On the trail, when Gandor catches up with Ted, Ted kills him with a knife he has taken from the house, then goes to the meeting place to look for Susan. When he hears her screams, he goes back to the village, where Susan is being prepared as a human sacrifice. Ted is then captured and tied up next to her. Gerard is shocked to learn that the villagers are also planning to sacrifice him. As Ted loosens his binds, Gerard sends a telepathic message to Marilyn, in her monstrous form, to kill Chaka by forcing him into a scalding pit. In the ensuing melee, Ted and Susan escape, and Gerard takes the monster to his laboratory. Seeing a golden vessel, the monster grabs at it, but it is only clay. Gerard tells her that only Chaka had gold and he took it with him into the pit. The monster then kills Gerard, turns back into Marilyn and goes to the pit. Seeing Chaka’s gold statue on the edge of the pit, Marilyn falls in while trying to reach it. Some time later, at Marcel’s, Ted and Susan reveal that Marilyn and Rick have been killed. Marcel is skeptical, saying he thinks that Marilyn may still be alive. At that moment, Marilyn, in her monster form, rises from the pit and grabs the golden statue. +

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