“Voodoo Man” is a horror film released in 1944, directed by William Beaudine and produced by Sam Katzman. The film features a cast of horror icons, including Bela Lugosi, George Zucco, and John Carradine.
The story revolves around Dr. Richard Marlowe (Bela Lugosi), a mad scientist who practices voodoo in an attempt to resurrect his deceased wife, who he believes has been reincarnated in the form of a young woman named Angela (Wanda McKay). To achieve his goal, Marlowe kidnaps young women and uses them as sacrifices in his voodoo rituals.
Meanwhile, a group of travelers, including Betty (Louise Currie) and her fiancé Ted (Michael Ames), become stranded near Marlowe’s estate and are taken in by Angela. As they become more involved in the strange events around them, they begin to suspect that something sinister is happening at the estate.
As Marlowe’s experiments become increasingly dangerous, the travelers and Angela work together to try to stop him and his nefarious plans. Along the way, they encounter strange occurrences and supernatural forces, leading to a final confrontation between Marlowe and the group.
The film’s campy and over-the-top performances, combined with its mix of horror and comedy, have made it a cult classic among horror fans. Despite its flaws, “Voodoo Man” remains a fun and entertaining example of 1940s horror cinema.
Bela Lugos, John Carradine, George Zucco